The Lincoln Plawg - the blog with footnotes
Tuesday, January 13, 2004
Robert Novak South Dakota Indian furore - update
(To my piece of January 11.
Why didn't the press call Novak on his allegations? I waited; and then ranted - January 19!)
My reading is, Novak has squat.
The Poor Man's Nexis gives us a piece in the Rapid City Journal (surmised at January 12) which was the basis of an AP piece (them again!).
The Journal pieces starts off with a cringing note worthy of old Uriah Heep himself:
Editor's note: The use of the terms "Indian" and "Native American" to identify the indigenous tribal people of North America is at issue in this story. The Rapid City Journal follows Associated Press style with the use of "American Indian" in first reference in most news stories. When "Native American" or "Indian" is used in a direct quotation, it is not changed. In some circumstances, the Rapid City Journal will identify a group of people using the name of a specific band or tribe, such as Lakota, Oglala Lakota or Winnebago.
Not even the Denver Post at the acme of the influence of the Colorado Fuel & Iron Company surely cowered quite so abjectly awaiting the attentions of its master's lash as this poor excuse for a rag!
Indians are apparently around 8% of South Dakota's population - my surmise (nothing more) is that their contribution to the Journal's revenues, one way and another, is rather less than 8%.
If it cannot advance the defence of duress for its attitude, one wonders what else might explain it.
On Saturday (January 10), Novak appeared on CNN's Capital Gang; the relevant exchanges are these, taken from the transcript (inessential differences with the Journal's text)
SHIELDS: Joining us now from Sioux Falls, South Dakota is David Kranz, political writer for "The Sioux Falls Argus Leader." Thank you for coming in, David.
Or, We're not interested, Bob. And no more on election irregularities.
The paper says
Novak did not specify what voting irregularities he identified in his reporting and has not responded to telephone calls from the Rapid City Journal
My reading, as I said, is that Novak has squat, everyone is pretty sure he has squat, and his Capital Gang statement was the last squawk of a dying duck.
We shall see...
(The Journal refers to two cases of voter registration fraud prosecutions, one successful, one in progress. Apparently, there are forged registration documents known to be in circulation.
No stuffed box cases at all, though, at any stage of the criminal process.)
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