Why Won't News Organizations Just Say It? First They Delay the News, Then They Bury It: Gorewon

November 13, 2001

George W. Bush would have lost Florida and therefore the Presidency if there had been a complete statewide recount.This is the apparent result of a review of uncounted ballots in the 2000 Presidential election. The new data,compiled by AP and seven other news organizations, suggests Bush would have won Florida only under a more selectiverecount of the 4 counties that were the subject of Al Gore’s legal strategy.

But this is not how the major media reported it. Virtually every newspaper in the country said the opposite ­ thatthe recount study showed Bush carried Florida.

The results of a study indicating that the wrong person is in the White House would be incredible under anycircumstances, but even more so considering the fact that the US is waging a war against Afghanistan.


  • Jeffrey Toobin, writes for the New Yorker, and author of "Too Close To Call: The Thirty-Six DayBattle to Decide the 2000 Election."
  • Joel Engelhardt, reporter with the Palm Beach Post, one of the papers in the consortium thatexamined the uncounted ballots.
  • Kirk Walter, Senior VP at the National Opinion Research Center, which collected and analyzed the uncountedFlorida ballots.