Greg Pallast a pioneering left wing reporter is not that good makes big claims, but his stories are weak on analysis. In a similar to Michael Moore he has copied the right wing journalism style of ranting about something instead of sticking 100% to the



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Greg Pallast a pioneering left wing reporter - is not that good. makes big claims, but his stories are weak on analysis. In a similar to Michael Moore he has copied the right wing journalism style of ranting about something instead of sticking 100% to the facts.
I analysed 2 stories which at first glance seem to be terrible, but which on close analysis are much weaker than they claim.

No big deal : GP is a left wing commentator who uses loaded rhetoric in the same way as a right wing commentator does and in the ABC interview he comes across as an immodest person who exaggerates. That's OK, but it means on analysis his stories have far less strength than at first glance.
- GWB isn't connected to murder in the Goldfields

- And voter reforms haven't targeted blacks any more than other races.

- His ABC interview he seems to be a person who exaggerates. He always speaks as if all the removed voter's were black. Refer to a famous BBC programme as "my programme etc"
my summary : Poppy Strikes Gold

, April 8, 2003

By Greg Palast,

From The Best Democracy Money Can Buy
I accept that a Billion dollar tax "swindle" is linked to GWB .
I accept Republicans got huge Donations from companies for GWB's lobbying foreign countries, that's wrong and corrupt.
- But the third part doesn't stand up when you read it it seems like GP is out to get GWB by tarring him with connection to murder when anyone could be in the same situation.
1. Billion dollar tax swindle linked to GWB (senior)

A law change he claims allowed Barrick to mine $10 billion and only pay $10 thousand in royalties to US Government
Bush Sr was in when the law was changed & after sat on the advisory board.
2 Donations for lobbying - Some companies have made half million dollar donations to Republican party after he successfully lobbied for them.

He's earned $100,000s from speeches.
- GWB successfully lobbied foreign governments to get mining rights, but turned out to be unsuccessful mines.
Company founder dodgy - He escaped prosecution when he sold all his shares in his stereo business just before it went bancrupt
3 Barrick bought a company implicated in mass murder.

They bought a company Sutton with a huge mine in Tanzania. Before the merger Sutton in a military police supported process of removing small miners who already had rights buried alive fifty miners . There's evidence, but Barrick sue anybody who mentions it.
3a So not such a big story after all .. GWB is distant from any bad stuff in mine murder

So GWB is connected to a company with a dodgy founder also that company bought a company who had murdered miners. not good, but not really his fault. But maybe Barrick are lying now to cover up the deaths then he's working for crooks, but that could happen to anyone.
Greg Palast works for the Observer Newspaper, which was owned by Tiny Rowland. So if Tiny had bought a company implicated in a similar thing, that would mean GP would be in the same situation as GWB.

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My - Summary : Jim Crow Revived in Cyberspace, The Baltimore Sun

Same as the last story the it seems a big story then close analysis it's pretty weak.
Voter Reform Conspiracy Hurts blacks - A electoral reform project removing people with same name as convicts has started in Florida and is set to spread to other states - which GP argues removes more black voters than whites from the role. Billing it as conspiracy builds the story, but there's no evidence : could be just incompetence.

On closer analysis it's not such a big story.
1. Spin : GP claims it's an anti-black thing. Yes it's easy to see how in future elected Republican political officials could be tempted to remove black sounding names, but he says "just over half the removed were black or Hispanic". Surely that's not far from the proportions in the population. So so far the reforms haven't targeted blacks any more than other races.
2. voter responsibility : Surely it partially the responsibility of voters to check they are on the roll. If voters checked a month before an election that they were on the roll, they could surely get themselves put back on.
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My- summary - Gil Noble of ABC's "Like It Is" interviews Greg Palast
He's done a lot I'll grant you : Enron exposed, Exxon Valdez, Lilco, but he's not modest about it.
Claims he's banned as a reporter in the US. But it seems he started off as a researcher in the US and became a reporter in the UK
claims the black voter removal story is all his he "walked nto the officials office and found 2 discs of computer program" ..crap
- speaks as if all the removed voters were black - a serious contradiction with the words in the report "just over half the removed were black or Hispanic"


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