Lecturer blasts election coverage

April 21, 2008

Campaign and political coverage is lethally empty, according to Mark Crispin Miller, professor of media studies at New York University. He will lecture at 7:30 p.m. on April 24 in McDaniel Lounge.

The lecture is free and open to the public. For more information, call 410-857-2294.

Miller, the author of the newly released book, “Loser Take All: Election Fraud and the Subversion of Democracy,” will discuss how he says journalists skirt the issue of election fraud and vote suppression in the current primaries.

For example, Miller says that during the New Hamphsire primary, where ballots were counted by hand, Obama won by 6 percent, but where they counted them by op-scan, Clinton won by over 4 percent.  Miller says LHS, the company that programs the op-scan voting machines throughout New England, had been fiddling with memory cards in various town clerk’s offices in New Hampshire within days of the election.

“The fact remains that the Obama/Clinton difference in the vote-count, and those drop-ins by LHS employees, were explicit signs of danger, and suggest to any rational person that the outcome, which took everybody by surprise, was, to put it mildly, open to question.

“And yet the press ignored it all, instead preferring to come up with various speculations as to why it happened: 'Hillary cried,' or there were many racist voters in New Hampshire who would not tell exit pollsters that they wouldn't vote for a black man, or Clinton benefited from a very late surge of working-class votes in the cities – so late that it showed up in no polls.”

Miller’s writings on film, television, propaganda, advertising, and the culture industries have appeared in numerous journals and newspapers, including The Nation and the New York Times. He is the author of “The Bush Dyslexicon: Observations on a National Disorder” (2001) and “Cruel and Unusual: Bush/Cheney’s New World Order” (2004). Miller has appeared on “Frontline,” “The PBS Newshour,” “The O’Reilly Factor,” “Washington Journal,” and Bill Moyers’s “The Public Mind,” and has been a guest on countless radio programs. He is a regular commentator on Air America. He lives in New York.