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Friday, May 25, 2007

“The Future of America Has Been Stolen”

posted by on May 25 at 10:43 AM

I don’t know who Greg Palast is. Maybe I should, but I don’t. So I have no sense of how reliable or alarmist he might be. But this link, forwarded to me this morning, seems at least worth clicking on.

It connects to an interview in which Palast, apparently a liberal investigative journalist, talks about “Rove-bots” burrowing into the Justice Department, the real meaning of Monica Goodling’s recent House testimony, and the finer points of “caging.”

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It's hard to respect a journalist who doesn't know who Greg Palast is. Sorry, but it's true.

Posted by DOUG. | May 25, 2007 10:59 AM


I am not sure what to make of him. I have heard him interviewed on many of the liberal radio talk shows but it is interesting what he has to say about Rove. I agree, worth at least looking at and thinking about. Could be alarmist but with this administration can we be too careful?

Posted by Just Me | May 25, 2007 11:00 AM

He wrote a book called The Best Democracy Money Can Buy describing, in some detail, the bullshit around the Florida election theft in 2000. He's kind of... yeah. Sort of what @1 said.

Posted by Judah | May 25, 2007 11:02 AM

Palast is the guy who stole Kathryn Harris's 70,000 erroneous "felons" list used to throw the 2000 election in Florida. He's a whispery conspiracist, which is unfortunate, because he wraps everything in cloak-and-dagger nonsense, and stuff like "Rove-bots" which plays well in the blogs but gets you immediately shunted into the "kook" category in the real world.

His main point is an excellent one, though: "it's not about the firings, it's about the hirings". Monica Goodling was telling them this, but they weren't getting it. They're not "bots", but they are extremist right-wingers with an agenda -- an agenda that has never before been welcome in the Justice Department.

"Caging" is just marketroid-speak for an aggressive list-purging technique, which is illegal to use politically but is anyways, extensively, by the R's. They, uh, would prefer that black people not vote, you may have heard.

The good news is, the way things are going, the worst they're going to be able to do is push the R vote from 20% to 25% in 2008.

Posted by Fnarf | May 25, 2007 11:10 AM

Don't you listen to Randi Rhodes or Thom Hartman? Greg Palast is featured as a guest every once is awhile. He's usually plugging a book but he's always right on.

Posted by Lloyd Cooney | May 25, 2007 11:14 AM

palast has written two best sellers ("the best democracy money can buy" and "armed madhouse"), works for the guardian newspaper but covers american politics, and is recognized as one of, if not the best, investigative journalist in the west.

it is shocking that you do not know who he is.

Posted by you seriously don't know who greg palast is? | May 25, 2007 11:47 AM

If you are learning about Greg Palast today, then it is time for us all to admit that the Internet plus "Democracy Now" his little or no real power. Please assimilate quietly.

Posted by David Rasmussen | May 25, 2007 12:18 PM

I hadn't heard of him either, but I looked up his Wikipedia page, and he seems reliable. Definitely not part of the tin-foil brigade.

Posted by Gitai | May 25, 2007 12:32 PM

Since this morning I have done some digging on Mr Palast and I am shocked the Stranger does not know who he is. But I agree with the comment he puts everything into conspiracy language which immediately discredits him. And that is too bad. Palast does make some really good points that should be taken seriously.

Posted by Just Me | May 25, 2007 12:58 PM

Palast has also been on KUOW's Weekday a few times, is on Democracy Now frequently, and reports for the BBC. He reports on issues that the MSM in America is afraid to (the fraud of the 2000 U.S. election, Katrina, the Clintons' actual financial misdealings), but his reports are often heard on the mainstream media in other countries.

Most U.S. MSM don't know Palast because they're too lazy to look and see what other reporters are covering (outside the MSM) or because they don't want to rock the boat and upset their corporate owners. I thought that everyone in the alternative press knows who he is. I guess that makes The Stranger part of the MSM.

Posted by Ebenezer | May 25, 2007 12:59 PM

Yes, it certainly is annoying when journalists use all that cloak-and-dagger conspiracy speech to frame a presentation of hard evidence documenting, uh, a conspiracy to defraud the electorate.

It really hurts their credibility.

Posted by flamingbanjo | May 25, 2007 1:25 PM

Greg Palast is the likely next winner of a Pulitzer Prize. Highly recommend you start subscribing to his email newsletter. You can sign up for it on his website, I've been reading his stuff since early 2001, when he was one of the only people blowing the whistle on the Choicepoint scandal in Florida.

Posted by Geni | May 25, 2007 1:53 PM

I like Palast, but he won't get any Pulitzers. The Pulitzer people are cowards - they gave the NY Daily News a Pulitzer for their articles on the 9/11 health fallout. They didn't mention Juan Gonzalez, the Daily News reporter who pursued the story and wrote many articles, wasn't mentioned in the Pulitzer awards.

Meanwhile, the Daily News buried the stories in the back of the paper, buckling under pressure from Christine Todd Whitman and others to bury the stories. If these stories had been on the front page, it might have saved many of the 12,000 who have fallen ill from 9/11 fallout.

Posted by Ebenezer | May 25, 2007 2:45 PM

You do not know who Palast is? I'm rolling over in my grave. How do you "reporters" spend your time? Singing show tunes?

Posted by i.f. stone | May 25, 2007 4:46 PM

LOL @ everyone who is implying that people who imply conspiracies exist are crazy. Yeah man, nothing secretive EVER happens.

Posted by JessB | May 25, 2007 6:26 PM

Take a look at this DailyKos diary:

Posted by Ronald | May 26, 2007 10:54 AM

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