HBO Documentary Riddled With Errors and Slipshod Reporting

Diebold Election Systems Asks HBO for Pre-Buttal and Disclaimer

Oct 31, 2006, 00:00 ET from Diebold Election Systems

    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
     A full copy of Byrd's letter can be found on the Diebold Election
 Systems web site,

SOURCE Diebold Election Systems