Jim has, for some months now, been doing important muckraking work on some nasty aspects of the Unity08 organization. It’s stuff that any reporter could have found out about with not too much trouble, but no mainstream reporter has bothered to look at. Unity08 gains power for its Washington D.C. insider operators by creating a false appearance of independence and the sheen of being on the outside, all the while playing shady games with the money it convinces people to fork over.
It seems that Rupert Murdoch, who owns the Fox News empire, has admired the slippery pseudo-grassroots work of Unity08, and so is creating his own shadowy version of the political gimmick in conjunction with reality show producer Mark Burnett.
The plan is that a TV show will be combined with a heavily-sponsored place on MySpace, operated by Fox and Rupert Murdoch’s News Corporation, to create an electronically based system for selecting an independent candidate for President of the United States.
An independent presidential candidate selected by a system set up by the creator of Fox News? Who could fall for such an obvious line of bull?
The same credulous news organizations and uncritical citizens who jumped on the Unity08 bandwagon sight unseen – that’s who.