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Friday, October 8, 2004

The Milli Vanilli president?

How well does the unwavering leader of the free world think on his feet? Dave Lindorff writes for Salon about the mysterious bulge under President Bush's jacket in last week's debate with John Kerry:

Was President Bush literally channeling Karl Rove in his first debate with John Kerry? That's the latest rumor flooding the Internet, unleashed last week in the wake of an image caught by a television camera during the Miami debate. The image shows a large solid object between Bush's shoulder blades as he leans over the lectern and faces moderator Jim Lehrer. . . .

Jacob McKenna, a spyware expert and the owner of the Spy Store, a high-tech surveillance shop in Spokane, Wash., . . . said that, given its shape, the bulge could be the inductor portion of a two-way push-to-talk system. McKenna noted that such a system makes use of a tiny microchip-based earplug radio that is pushed way down into the ear canal, where it is virtually invisible. He also said a weak signal could be scrambled and be undetected by another broadcaster.

Mystery-bulge bloggers argue that the president may have begun using such technology earlier in his term. Because Bush is famously prone to malapropisms and reportedly dyslexic, which could make successful use of a teleprompter problematic, they say the president and his handlers may have turned to a technique often used by television reporters on remote stand-ups. A reporter tapes a story and, while on camera, plays it back into an earpiece, repeating lines just after hearing them, managing to sound spontaneous and error free.

Suggestions that Bush may have using this technique stem from a D-day event in France, when a CNN broadcast appeared to pick up — and broadcast to surprised viewers — the sound of another voice seemingly reading Bush his lines, after which Bush repeated them. Danny Schechter, who operates the news site, and who has been doing some investigating into the wired-Bush rumors himself, said the Bush campaign has been worried of late about others picking up their radio frequencies — notably during the Republican Convention on the day of Bush's appearance. "They had a frequency specialist stop me and ask about the frequency of my camera," Schechter said. "The Democrats weren't doing that at their convention."

It's hard to judge a mano a mano contest if Bush is channeling someone else's thoughts when arguing with Kerry, don't you think? A lot of people will be watching the president's back tonight.

("Bush's Mystery Bulge," Dave Lindorff, Salon 10.8.04; via Electoral Vote Predictor)

Copyright © 2004 by Philocrites | Posted 8 October 2004 at 5:22 PM

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Roger Kuhrt:

October 8, 2004 05:51 PM | Permalink for this comment

This issue of the hidden transmitter needs to get some mainstream public exposure! It seems strange that CNN or CNBC or FOX hasn't at least mentioned this as a queery.

Cheerfully, Roger


October 11, 2004 12:57 PM | Permalink for this comment

It's probably a back brace, and Karl Rove doesn't want him to admit he has a weak spine, because it would be "off message"

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