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Wednesday, August 25, 2004


If you don't get the vote you want, elect a new people.

We never dreamed that ZDF, a major public German television network, would make itself look this ridiculous. For the second time in less than a week, the network has pulled a poll asking visitors to its website to vote for the next US President.
After pulling the poll the first time, ZDF reset it to zero votes and placed it back online. But that still did not get them the results they wanted and the results they expected: John Kerry did not have an overwhelming lead. So instead of just letting the poll run, ZDF silently removed it...AGAIN.

Cross-posted to Ghost of a flea

Posted by Ghost of a flea on August 25, 2004 | Permalink


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Those nutty Germans, huh?!

Posted by: Kathy Shaidle | 2004-08-25 12:41:09 PM

"Vote early, vote often."

Nice to see that Richard M. Daley is advising ZDF from beyond the grave. :)

Posted by: Rick Hiebert | 2004-08-25 1:30:04 PM

The comment about electing a new people was made by Communist German playwright Berthold Brecht, when the people of occupied East Germany refused to vote for the Communist puppet government in 1948, but instead for democratic parties. The East Germans didn't elect a new people, but they didn't hold any more democratic elections.

Posted by: Taylor | 2004-08-25 2:13:03 PM

Taylor: hence the reference! :)

Posted by: Ghost of a flea | 2004-08-25 5:57:33 PM

Hey - this is hilarious. This is exactly what has happened in TWO indian bands that I know of when the Vote has occured to ratify the Agreement In Principle.

When the community ovewhelming rejected these AIPs - in Sliammon, and NuuChaNulth - The government's position was

"Well - you clearly didn't understand what you were voting for. So we'll hold an other vote... and we'll just keep putting this refferendum up for vote until you vote the RIGHT way"

Just love Democracy in Action!
Woo hoo!

Posted by: MWW | 2004-08-26 2:53:14 AM

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