by Lynn Landes, VoteScam.com
September 23, 2002
The news networks don't just report election news, they create it. But do they also conspire to control election results? Voter News Service (VNS) is a top-secret private consortium owned by ABC News, The Associated Press, CBS News, CNN, Fox News, and NBC News. It's current headquarters is in Brooklyn , New York . It's been around (under different names) since 1964. It's the only company whose exit poll results are used by the news media to announce the "projected" winners in races for the president, U.S. House and Senate, state governors, and select races.
By 1964, computers were used to predict election outcomes, as well as to count votes on "punch cards." With the use of computerized vote counters and the news networks exclusive control over polling data in major elections, the gates to election fraud were wide open. Computerized voting machines have now made election fraud as easy as stealing candy from a baby. So how could VNS help rig an election? VNS could conspire with corrupt government officials and crooked voting machine companies (whose reputation for fraud and "error" grows with every election) to come up with projections that closely mirror the expected election results. Then all that's needed is some 'tweaking' in targeted precincts where voting data can be manipulated, voting machines rigged ....and elections swung. VNS follows through with its de facto certification of election results that have already been fixed. If someone suspects vote rigging, there's always VNS to say that the results match their projections. And with no oversight, who's to know?
This scenario did not originate in my imagination. The authors of "Votescam, The Stealing of America," James and Kenneth Collier (both deceased) chronicled vote rigging from 1970 to 1992, that followed a similar scheme. The Colliers also included government officials, such as employees of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), as players in this decades-old scam. Media critics have long complained about an unethical relationship between the CIA and the news networks. Most people believe that the networks compete to be the first to announce the "projected" election night winners. And the networks do their best to create that impression. But they haven't competed since 1964. However, VNS officials are still trying to obscure their lengthy history.
On February 14, 2001 , in testimony before Congressman Billy Tauzin's (LA) Committee on Energy and Commerce, VNS executive director, Ted Savaglio, said that the networks first got together in 1990 and that VNS was created in 1993. The name "Voter News Service" was created in 1993, and new members have come on board over the years. But the original group of news networks has collaborated since 1964. They used two different names - News Election Services and Voter Research and Survey - before becoming VNS. In a telephone interview I had with long-time VNS communications director, Lee C. Shapiro, she agreed to the 1964 date. But that's about all she would reveal. There is no transparency to VNS. Shapiro will not tell you how big their budget is, nor who hires the 46,000 people she claims they use on election night to collect exit polling data, nor will she give you any proof that these 46,000 employees exist...no phone logs, no emails lists, no documents to prove that they do what they say they do. Shapiro would not let me talk to any employee of VNS's regular staff of 30. She says that VNS will not let anyone witness their operations on election night nor would she disclose its location. VNS has no website and a very uninformative brochure. Undeterred, I placed a direct call to VNS's current executive director, Ted Savaglio. I left a message, but he hasn't returned my call.
Bill Headline was VNS's executive director during the notorious 2000 Bush - Gore presidential election. According to information on a University of Miami webpage, Headline started his career as an Air Intelligence Officer in the U.S. Navy from 1955 to 1957. Seven years later, in 1964, he was hired at CBS where "as a member of Louis Harris and Associates, he directed field research and vote collection activities for CBS coverage of the 1964 Presidential elections." (note: this was the same year News Election Services was founded -- ed.) From there his career skyrocketed to Senior Vice President of CBS News, CNN Vice President, and past President of the Radio/Television Correspondents' Association. Very impressive... but something may also be... very wrong. Victoria Collier (daughter of James Collier) interviewed Headline before he retired from VNS. She was shocked at how nervous he sounded over the telephone.(note: the full text of the interview can be read on http://www.votescam.com-ed.) I telephoned Headline the other day and left a message asking for information about Voter News Service, what he did between 1957-1964, and if he ever had a working relationship with the CIA or any other intelligence agency. He hasn't returned my call.
If VNS is helping to rig elections, why are they doing it? Generally speaking... I believe that the same people who can't rake in enough money, also can't get enough power. The news networks are owned lock, stock, and barrel by the richest corporations and individuals in the world. They certainly have an agenda. Their arrogance and disregard for the little guy is clear. They may think that we're not smart enough to pick the 'right' kind of leaders... right for them, that is. So they might try to do it for us. Voter News Service warrants an investigation. Its operations should be shut down regardless. It's in a perfect position to sabotage the election process.
Let the counties count the vote and report it to the states. If it takes a day or two for the states to report the results... so be it. Democracy takes time. Meanwhile, we should bring back hand-counted paper ballots and use computerized voting machines for confirmation purposes only. If we don't take these precautions, we may continue to have our corporate-owned media, corrupt government officials, and crooked voting machine companies electing our leaders for us.
The Exit Poll Competition on Election Night between ABC, CBS, NBC, and CNN is a Hoax - and They Know It is a Hoax by Jim Condit Jr.
Thanks to the efforts of all of our associates across the nation in getting
this word out -- as of election day, 2000 -- we have forced all five Big
TV Networks to "go to confession" on their own national TV networks
-- admitting the truth of the significance of these pictures and what we
posted in 1996. The TV Networks have admitted they all get their exit polls
from Voter News Service in numerous articles and TV spots aired around
election day, November 2000. These pictures and this article explain why,
on election night 2000, ALL the networks called Florida for Gore, then
all reversed the call; then a few hours later ALL called Florida for W.
Bush, then all TOGETHER reversed the call; and so on. This page and these
pictures explain why. Now let's all go forward and completely destroy the
credibility of the five Big TV Networks, - on the way to restoring verifiable,
honest elections and control over our nation's future.
This is a picture of a Voter News Service Exit Poll Box. This box shows that the "exit poll" competition which ABC, CBS, NBC, and CNN pretend to have on election night is a total hoax. Furthermore, it proves they know it is a hoax. You will notice that the box has Voter News Service on top, but then shows the logos of ABC, AP, CBS, CNN, and NBC, indicating that Voter News Service is working for All four Big TV networks and the wire service which keeps the world's newspapers informed.
These boxes are used to hold "exit poll" ballots filled out by citizens at the (very rare) polling places where Voter News Service show up on election day and conduct "exit polls." (An exit poll is when voters are asked to fill out a form revealing who they voted for, why they voted for them, etc. as they leave the polls.) Citizens for a Fair Vote Count caught up with VNS in 1996 (only the 2nd time we have been able to do so in the last ten years.) This picture was snapped at a high school outside of Manchester , New Hampshire on February 20, 1996 during the GOP Presidential Primary. beneath this explanation is a picture of the same box at a distance as it sits next to the Voter News Service Exit Poll lady who is talking to a citizen.
For the last quarter century the 4 Big TV Networks have pretended to be in hot competition to predict the "winners" and "losers" in national elections based on the so-called exit polls. I had imagined 30 or 40 accountants in the back room sweating and crunching numbers so that their Anchorman could go on the air first and predict the winner. Now we know it was all a hoax. Now we know that all four Big TV networks get the exact same "exit poll" information, at the exact same time, from the exact same company - Voter News Service. (This is confirmed by Margaret Sims in a 1994 Federal Elections Commission report, and by Time magazine in the 1992 issue immediately following the February 18th New Hampshire Primary of that year, among other sources. The exit poll scam being run by the Big 4 TV networks is treated exhaustively in Votescam: The Stealing of America by Jim & Ken Collier in chapters 15, Piece of the Puzzle, and chapter 16, The Thirteenth Floor. Incidentally, the mysterious and super-arrogant Voter News Service has frequently changed its name over the years. It was former called News Election Services, among other names.)
We also have a picture of a badge worn by a Voter News Service worker on election night 1988 which was snapped at one of the regional center phone banks in Cincinnati , Ohio . This badge again shows the logos of the same news organizations plus UPI (now out of business) and minus CNN which is still very young at that time.
So the competition between the networks is a hoax. Furthermore, there are VERY few exit polls, most Americans have never seen one, and do not know anyone who has ever seen one. Next, at each exit poll, only about 1 out of 15 people will talk to the exit poller. People are busy. They are running to work, picking up the kids, coming home from work, etc. etc. etc. Finally, the exit pollers in the two we have caught up with MISS the rush hour periods in the morning and evening! They show up about ten o'clock in the morning, and finish about 5 PM ! We have video footage of the exit poll lady pictured below (next to box) sitting on the phone from 5 PM to about 7 PM calling her "results" in on a pay phone, while HUNDREDS of voters pass between her and our video camera on the way to and from voting at this New Hampshire High School where there were five polling places. (The other exit poll we caught up with in Northern Kentucky in 1992 also saw the Voter News Service Exit Poll person gone by 5:00 PM.)
When I tried to talk to the exit poll lady at this New Hampshire location, she got irate and called the policeman who was providing security at this voting location. She acted like I was threatening national security to ask her a few questions challenging how these exit polls could possibly be scientific. (Over the years the 4 Big TV network's Exit Poll company has used women from the League of Women Voters and young adults from colleges, perhaps among others, to conduct these very rare exit polls.)
So, there are very, very few exit polls. Only about 1 out of 15 people will talk to the exit pollers, totally determined by the attitude and force of circumstances involving the people in that neighborhood. The exit poller misses both rush periods of voting, only showing up in the middle hours of the voting period, about 10 PM to 5 PM . So WHERE is the scientific basis by which the Big TV Networks can project winners and losers often within MINUTES of when the polls close and often within 1% of the final results ?? (It is interesting to note that the networks quit projecting percentage spreads with their winners and losers in 1996 after the Collier Votescam book had circulated for four years, and while I was appearing on 750 radio outlets during the same period.)
For instance, on Super Tuesday Primary Day in 1996, Judy Woodruff of CNN called Bob Dole (who was in a plane) and congratulated him on his total sweep of all states at 7:30 PM eastern standard time. This was the very minute the polls were closing in most eastern states. One may ask in this and other cases how they collated the results so quickly, if they really were conducting a lot of exit polls.
Exit polls are part of the 3-part psychological whammy used against the American people: 1) manipulated public opinion polls pushed in our face every day to prepare our minds for a pre-determined result; 2) election day "exit polls" announced right as the polls close on the east coast, which prepare our minds for: 3) the computer-generated vote counts to be announced a few hours later. All three legs of the modern day "election process" are mysterious and COMPLETELY devoid of citizen checks and balances (excepting the Iowa caucuses, and excepting 70% of New Hampshire in the primary and general elections.)
We believe that what sparse exit poll activity there is constitutes mere window dressing which provides an excuse for the 4 Big TV Networks to project "winners" and "losers." The computer-generated vote counts, totally devoid of citizen checks and balances in 49 states, make the "exit poll results" come true a few hours later. ( New Hampshire , the only hand counted state, is the one state in which the Big TV Networks have been unable to reliably project winners and losers on the basis of exit polls.)
It is urgent that our state legislatures, the Secretary of State in all
50 states, and the Election Board in all 3075 counties, return to easily
read paper ballots counted by neighborhood voters, with the results posted
at the neighborhood precinct before the ballots leave that precinct. In
the year that this happens, the Big TV Network "exit poll" hoax
will disappear like a bad dream in the light of morning.