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March 8, 2001 7:17 AM   Subscribe

News about Florida from England Information from BBC that the US media never picked up.
posted by semmi (11 comments total)

 
Seriously, I NEVER heard about the 95% errors on the felon lists, or about this DBT company that was paid $4 million to make sure the list was accurate. How ever did that slip through the fingers of mainstream media? [sarcasm]

The quote at the bottom of the article rings true, one way or another: "... If you want to hang this on me that's fine. It is certainly fine for George W. Bush. Even if investigators conclude that Jeb Bush and the Republicans conspired to steal this election, the man in that house for the next four years will be George W. Bush."

Ergo, Bush won the election because he had a scapegoat ready to take the fall at every turn. Interesting article, semmi.
posted by legibility at 7:45 AM on March 8, 2001


The idea isn't original: Gore, Bush, and Buchanan were stranded in a boat out of the middle of the ocean. The boat however was made to only accommodate one person. They try to figure out who goes and who stays. Gore says, "I invented boats, I should be the one to stay." Buchanan says, "I'm pure-breed English-speaking American, I should stay." Bush says, "No no no...if we're going to do this right, we should elect someone." They all agree and Bush wins by 97 votes.
posted by samsara at 8:00 AM on March 8, 2001


Doppelposter.
posted by holgate at 8:25 AM on March 8, 2001


Just wanted to say how much this interchange confused me:

PRISON GUARD:
Me and superman had a fight

PRISONERS:
Me and superman had a fight

PRISON GUARD:
I hit him in the head with some Kryptonite

PRISONERS:
I hit him in the head with some Kryptonite

The really curious thing about this was that I found myself much more interested in the details of the epic battle between a possibly-dead Superman and a prison population than I was in the fixing of our election. Maybe that says something about me. Or Bush. Or Superman. Possibly Prison Guard. I'll get back to you.

Ohhhh, it's a TRANSCRIPT!

never mind
posted by Kafkaesque at 9:10 AM on March 8, 2001


This was not buried news. I had it on my site www.thereyouhaveit.com on December 28th or so. I didn't make it up so I must have read it somewhere.
posted by frankminutillo at 10:40 AM on March 8, 2001


Frank, all due respect, but the term "buried" would be in reference to the news not appearing on network news programs or major newspapers with national circulation. The basic facts have been circulating, of course, but one has to go looking for them.
posted by dhartung at 11:19 AM on March 8, 2001


I don't know about national newspapers but this whole deal about the private company and the felon list has been in the Sun-Sentinel and Miami Herald. If the other papers didn't pick them up or put them on the front page is that burying it? It was on the front page of the Sentinel. The State Legislature held a hearing about this the transcript is probably online somewhere. This British show seems like the tabloid Fox-like journalism the Brits are so good at.
posted by redleaf at 4:29 PM on March 8, 2001


"If the other papers didn't pick them up or put them on the front page is that burying it?"
I'd say so. Few people outside Florida, where it happened after all, heard anything about it. Yep, that would qualify for "burying it".
posted by semmi at 4:59 PM on March 8, 2001


Why? It's not front page news. It's a political story. I erred in saying it was on the front page down here. The only place I heard about it was that column and a story in the middle of the first section about the hearing.
posted by redleaf at 5:19 PM on March 8, 2001


How ever did that slip through the fingers of mainstream media?

...and end up buried in a radical underground freesheet called the BBC...
posted by Mocata at 3:40 AM on March 9, 2001


Here is the answer from the author of the original story to "How ever did that slip through the fingers of mainstream media?
...and end up buried in a radical underground freesheet called the BBC."
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posted by semmi at 11:07 PM on March 9, 2001


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