Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Press Release Of The Day

Inspired by last week's post on the press release of the astroturf lobbying group, the American Consumer Institute, I've decided to add a new feature on the ol' blog -

The Press Release Of The Day.

This intermittent series (No, it won't be an everyday thing :) ) will shed light on some of the ummm...."finer" examples of misleading flackery that are foisted off on an unsuspecting public every day.

Today's example is from the grossly misnamed 'Department of Justice," courtesy PRNewswire.com -
Justice Department to Monitor Elections in Massachusetts

WASHINGTON, Sept. 24 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Justice Department today announced that on Sept. 25, 2007, it will monitor special preliminary elections in Boston, Mass., to ensure compliance with the Voting Rights Act.

While I'm sure that the partisan hacks that comprise the legion of Bush appointees that run the DOJ love the idea of monitoring a state as wholeheartedly Blue as Massachusetts, there is one part of the exercise that must gall them, and the Republican Party, to no end.

Especially the Russell Pearce wing of the party.

Also from the press release -
The city of Boston has an obligation to provide all election information, ballots and voting assistance information in Spanish pursuant to Section 203 of the Voting Rights Act.

Left unmentioned in the press release is any election monitoring in areas with much more well-documented election fraud issues.

What about Ohio? ...Florida? Hell, what about just keeping an eye on the activities (not just election-related) in Jena, Louisiana?


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