HBO Documentary Riddled With Errors and Slipshod Reporting
Diebold Election Systems Asks HBO for Pre-Buttal and Disclaimer
ALLEN, Texas, Oct. 31 /PRNewswire/ -- In a letter to HBO chairman and CEO Chris Albrecht, Diebold Election System President David Byrd says that the documentary Hacking Democracy "contains significant factual errors and does not meet HBO standards for accuracy and fairness." For starters, the documentary and the synopsis on HBO's web site say that Diebold counted more than 40 percent of the votes nationwide in the 2000 Presidential election. But that is impossible. Diebold was not in the electronic voting business in 2000. It is all downhill from there. "Truth and accurate reporting are the biggest casualties of the film," Byrd said. Byrd writes that the errors and misrepresentations are "so egregious that HBO should pull the documentary." Byrd specifically asks that HBO post on its web page a statement from Diebold Election Systems on November 1, 2006; that the statement remain on the HBO web page for as long as the documentary runs on the pay programming channel; and that HBO show a 30-second disclaimer immediately before, immediately after and at least once during each airing of Hacking Democracy indicating that HBO has not verified the accuracy of the claims made in the film. A full copy of Byrd's letter can be found on the Diebold Election Systems web site, http://www.dieboldes.com.
SOURCE Diebold Election Systems