CNS Performs RNC Grunt Work by Attempting to Minimize Active Partisan Connections of Self-Declared
...And they take a few 'liberal' pot-shots at BRAD BLOG and Velvet Revolution in the bargain...
By Brad Friedman on 3/30/2005, 12:37pm PT  

Our hope when speaking to Cybercast "News" Services' Kathleen Rhodes about the recent BRAD BLOG special coverage exposing the American Center for Voting Rights (ACVR) as little more than a bogus front group created by desperate high-level GOP operatives to create a smoke-screen for the real problems in the 2004 general election, was that the clear evidence for the sleaziness of this obvious and cynical bunch would be impossible for even a Rightwing "news" service to cover for.

Apparently we were wrong. Is there any GOP turd that can't be polished by their friends in the "Conservative" media?

The CNS article out this morning is exactly what we've come to expect from the hard-right groups who deceptively label themselves as "news" services in hopes of swindling a gullible American populace and inculcating them with "conservative" propaganda.

On that level, Ms. Rhodes and CNS have succeeded spectacularly!

Displaying an apparent contempt for the sacred privilege of casting a vote in the world's greatest democracy, she succeeds in minimizing and apologizing for the known ACVR ring-leaders' active ties to the RNC and Bush/Cheney '00/'04 Inc., attempts to legitimize the tax-payer subsidized status of the ACVR as a "non-partisan" 501(c)3 corporation, recharacterize them as a "Voting Fraud Watchdog Group" and attempt to villify those who would criticize them for their cynical and brazen attempts to undermine democracy in America.

We have sent the following letter to the Editors and Ms. Rhodes at CNS...

It's simply astounding that you would publish an article by Kathleen Rhodes ("Liberal Bloggers Pounce on Voting Fraud Watchdog Group") apologizing for the bogus and insulting "American Center for Voting Rights" (ACVR) by describing the ring-leaders of the group as "non-partisan", having "Past GOP connections" and being "formerly involved in Republican politics".

Both of the known ACVR participants are anything but non-partisan as they are current and active high-level RNC operatives.

Thor Hearne, who gave testimony for the group before congress, representing the only "voting rights" group called to testified at last week's U.S. House Administration Committee hearings on the 2004 Election in Ohio, is currently slated as the key-note speaker at the RNC-funded Republican National Lawyers Association reception next month in Florida. He is still an active member of that organization.

As well, hard-right partisan ACVR spokesperson Jim Dyke continues his work with the RNC and serves as a "GOP News Analyst" for Fox "News".

Hardly "former". Hardly "past". Hardly "non-partisan".

Your article also fails to mention that this group of snake-oil salesmen appeared on the Internet on Thursday, March 17th and gave testimony as experts on the issue of "Voting Rights" to Congress just three days later on Monday, March 21.

In the meantime, real "Voting Rights" organizations, who have been working on these issues for months and years were not even notified of these hearings. It's also more than notable that Hearne never bothered to mention his active affiliation with Bush/Cheney '04 Inc. and other Republican organizations during his congressional testimony. He referred to himself deceptively as simply "a longtime advocate of voter rights."

Furthermore, you advance the notion that this "non-partisan", tax-exempt 501(c)3 group, actually has filed the paper work to receive the privileges granted with that status, yet fail --- as they did --- to produce any documentation to demonstrate that in fact they have the access they claim on their website. A website, mind you, that gives no way to donate to the company, and was claimed to be registered by some unnamed company in Dallas, the name of which nobody at this front group seems to be able to remember despite having built the website just days ago. (The address, by the way, is a post office box in a Dallas, TX UPS store, yet none of the known operatives for this bunch actually lives or works in Dallas!)

This front group, set up solely to counter the hundreds and thousands of credible and verifiable claims of voter disenfranchisement, and miscounted and uncounted votes of the American people in the 2004 election is an insult to the Americans who have died both in this country and overseas fighting for the right to a free and fair vote. On the 40th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, signed by President Lyndon Johnson after American were killed and beaten fighting for the right to vote in Selma, Alabama, such a phony organization is all the more insulting and outrageous.

For you to support and feed in to their fiction displays the hard-right bias of "news" organizations such as yours claiming to offer "balance" to what you see as a "Liberal" media bias.

You further reveal your rightwing bias in the meantime, by giving a valuable direct link to the ACVR's website from your story, yet you somehow overlooked providing a direct link to either my blog ( or Velvet Revolution ( which is a real voters rights organization comprised of nearly 100 similar groups who have been working on such issues for months and, in many cases, years!

For a "news" service which claims to offer "balance" to the myth of a "liberal" media, you have succeeded in proving little but your own bona fides as a deceitfully manipulative hard-right slanted propaganda arm of the Republican Party.

Jim Dyke, the 2004 Communications Director for the RNC cum newly self-declared "voting rights" advocate at ACVR would be proud.

Brad Friedman Co-Founder

CNS Editors -
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Click here to send them both Email!

UPDATE: CNS has now added live links to BRAD BLOG and Velvet Revolution. Now if they'll just make a live link to the other blog they reference in their story, Why Are We Back in Iraq?, CNS will have one less thing that can be used to demonstrate their enormously biased pro-Republican slant.

FURTHER UPDATE: More on the Extremist Rightwing "News" hucksters of CNS here...

For more information on the "non-partisan" tax-exempt ACVR scam and the snakeoil salesmen who invented it, Bush/Cheney '04 National General Counsel Mark F. "Thor" Hearne and RNC Communications Director Jim Dyke, please see BRAD BLOG's full Special Coverage of the "American Center for Voting Rights" at
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