If you need any further proof that the mainstream media is absolute trash, may I introduce you to Susan Dominus from the New York Times Magazine. Earlier this week, Susan delivered a glowing, sympathetic framing of one of the November 2020 election’s most notorious villains: Eric Coomer.
In her August 24, 2021 fictional short story, He Was the ‘Perfect Villain’ for Voting Conspiracists, Dominus paints an interesting, surprisingly honest at moments, picture of Mr. Coomer. She shares:
“He was a gifted programmer, known to be serious about his work but informal about almost everything else — prone to profanities, with a sense of humor that could have blunt force.”
“…traveled around the world for competitive endurance bike races, would have blended in on the campus of Google, just one in a crowd of nonconformist tech types.”
“…he stood out for the full-sleeve tattoos on his arms (one of Francis Bacon’s “Screaming Popes,” some Picasso bulls) and the half-inch holes in his ears where he once wore what are known as plugs.”
Eric is just an alt-personality, a non-conformist type — but he’s super gifted at programming. The kind of guy you’d find at a big tech company (do you feel your confidence and trust levels rising yet?)
Deeper into the article, we get to understand a bit more about Mr. Coomer’s past and how he came to be involved in our elections. And, I’m not gonna lie, this is my favorite part of this piece by Dominus:
“As a teenager and into his 20s, he considered himself a skinhead, but he was aligned with a faction who were opposed to racism. ‘To me, being skin is being proud that you have a shaved — at least short — hair,’ he wrote in 1991.”
As someone who also grew up in the 1990’s – with a front row seat to the decade of race wars in Atlanta and other cities – I feel confident in saying that literally no one in the 1990’s called themselves a skinhead without proclaiming pride in white skin. The two were synonymous.
Was Coomer the inspiration for Remy?
To me, it sounds like Coomer is admitting he was a skinhead, but trying to associate that more with the 1990’s punk rock and straight-edge movements, which were in full swing during the decade. Rewriting history.
Dominus goes on:
“In 2004, at age 34, he wrote on a climbing message board about his struggles with heroin and cocaine and how much they had damaged his life. By then, he was on the verge of bankruptcy, had lost his marriage and had ended up in prison after being charged with several counts of driving under the influence. ‘Another bout of dry heaves racked my body as I lay on the cold cement floor of the jail cell,’ he wrote. ‘Jail is no picnic under the best of circumstances — being in jail while withdrawing from heroin is absolutely the worst I can imagine.’”
So, in 2004, Coomer was withdrawing from heroin in jail because he was caught driving “under the influence,” presumably the influence of heroin since he was withdrawing from the substance while in jail. Does he treat our election security with the same rigor he treats road safety?
To summarize where we are in Coomer’s journey, he was a skinhead who was addicted to heroin and blow, withdrawing in jail due to “several counts” of driving under the influence. I think the author here is trying to paint this as Coomer’s “bottom” in his struggle with addiction. And, I swear, I am not removing anything — this is the actual transition Dominus uses:
“In 2005 he managed to stop using heroin for good.”
Wow, that’s nice! Well done, Eric. What’s your secret?
“‘I stayed with a friend for a week and told him to take my shoes and my wallet,’ Coomer told me.”
No steps or anything? Just taking your shoes off? Hey addicts, lose the shoes and you’ll be healed!
A cold call. He got a cold call. This junkie’s fairy godmother waved her magic wand and all of a sudden a voting machine company — an industry that should be driven by public trust, whose primary metrics should be accuracy and transparency — reached out and gave him the opportunity of a lifetime. A set of glass slippers and a pumpkin carriage to legitimize him.
What is unclear is what this company’s public vetting policy was at the time, and who said (after vetting Coomer three months into sobriety), “Let’s go with the heroin addict that has the criminal record. He seems like a smart business decision given that our buyers are state and local governments, and our business is integrity and transparency.”
Dominus paints this as the moment Coomer found his calling in life. She continues:
“Soon, he was channeling the same obsessive focus he had for climbing [read: heroin and sexual battery fantasies, but we will get into that shortly] into the voting-machine business, its obscure state laws and county regulations, its competing and complicated demands for privacy, security, access and verifiability. ‘I fell in love with the election business,’ Coomer said. ‘There’s no money in it [literally LOL], and you only ever hear from people complaining about what went wrong. But it felt meaningful.’”
Awwww. He found his purpose. He took all the energy and effort that he previously put into doing heroin and driving around while high on heroin and sweating in jail for driving around while high on heroin, and he channeled that into the noble cause of securing our most sacred institution: The Vote.
Does anyone actually believe this? Dominus provides no receipts, spins yarn about the poor little junkie and his sad, sad tale, and sets up the evil Joe Oltmann — and we’ll get into that in my next piece — as the man who ruined Eric’s life. In a bolded call out on the NYT release of this “article” — which, honestly, should have “Advertorial” written across the top and a link to Dominion’s website and Coomer’s CashApp in the footer — Dominious says:
MAINSTREAM FAIRY TALE: THERE IS NO EVIDENCE OF ELECTION FRAUD
This “journalist” claims, without evidence, substantiation or an examination of the facts, that the allegations brought against Mr. Coomer and his employer, Dominion Voting Services, are false. So let’s take a look at a few of these claims.
Dominus Claim #1: “And then on Sunday, Nov. 8, Sidney Powell, a lawyer representing the Trump campaign, appeared on Fox News and claimed, without evidence, that Dominion had an algorithm that switched votes from Trump to Biden.”
Evidence of the algorithm has been shown since November. Around the same time that Dominus and the NYT say there was no evidence, Dr. Shiva Aayadurai presented evidence of the algorithm publicly.
The media will tell you, “Dr. Shiva has been debunked!” Where? Show us. The media NEVER tells you how something has been debunked, they just say it. And people who outsource their critical thinking to the six corporations that own the corporate media believe them. I have heard many pundits claim that Dr. Shiva’s theory has been debunked, including personalities on the right, but I have never seen the debunking. And I’ve looked.
Dr. Shiva’s analysis basically shows that the more Republican the Precinct, the worse President Trump performed. I wrote about this in my November 11, 2o20 piece, This is an Algorithm.
As Benny Smith says in the video, “Even if you wanted to believe that Republicans hated Trump so much, they still wouldn’t be able to hate him in such a straight line.”
Colorado saw a very similar trend that Dr. Shiva found in his analysis. The more Republican the county, the worse Trump did versus down ticket Republicans. El Paso County, for example, had Trump underperform versus other Republican candidates. Colorado Republicans sure loved their DA’s, but they really hated Trump.
Additionally, Dr. Shiva’s theory of vote switching has been further validated by Dr. Frank’s phantom voter analysis, where you can see the curve-fitting (voting in the same, statistically impossible patterns) of Unaffiliated and Republican voters and registration spikes in red counties that match the 2019 update of the 2010 public census data. These spikes and curve fitting don’t happen with blue voters in blue counties.
Then there is Draza Smith, whose analysis of the Edison election night reporting data, via the New York Times API — the same NYT whose author just said, “no evidence” — actually shows the votes switching at consistent margins, in every state, after the polls closed. The reporting intervals to the NYT API literally return at the same margin differential across the three buckets of Trump, Biden, and Third Party.
I’m not a lawyer, but I wonder if there is legal liability for the NYT repeating that there is no evidence of election fraud when their own API publicly rendered the evidence of election fraud. Especially the magical resets to zero from the NYT Edison feed that happened — in all states — following the announcement on election night that Florida was called for Trump.
Then there is Jovan Pulitzer’s paper analysis, Bobby Piton’s last name analysis, Col Shawn Smith’s vulnerabilities and systems testing analysis, COL Phil Waldren’s cyber systems analysis, and many other expert-level analyses in the public realm, not to mention thousands of witness affidavits — from witnesses risking penalty of perjury — detailing the first hand accounts of fraud across multiple states.
And, of course, there is the voter verification canvassing happening all over the country. For example, Dr. Frank’s analysis for Ohio was confirmed by the door-to-door canvassing completed by citizens in Ohio.
Colorado — the election fraud test kitchen — plays the long game with overinflated voter rolls, having refined the practice over the years to ensure they have their buffer and don’t get surprised on election night. So they don’t, say, have to stop counting, kick out poll watchers and press, and make up a lie about a water main break to adjust for the win. Hypothetically, of course.
Since 2016, the voter rolls in Colorado have increased 15% while the actual voting population growth has only been about 8%. Lets not forget that the steepest increase is always in time for the election and the decline (culling) is always right after. Gotta make sure to keep those phantom voters disappear quickly in case anyone tries to look more closely.
We’ve been canvassing in Colorado as well, and we are most definitely finding phantom votes and voters. A teaser of some of the canvassing results was revealed on CannCon (Colorado Vote Canvassing UNDER the radar!!! The results are shocking!). We are still analyzing the data and compiling our results, but we know 100% that this is not a conspiracy theory.
It’s a conspiracy fact: There was an interstate conspiracy to defraud the American People on November 3, 2020. There is overwhelming evidence to support this, most of this evidence is already available in the public sphere, and all of this evidence will be presented in court.
Earlier this week, for example, a federal judge ruled that Judicial Watch’s Colorado lawsuit to clean up the state’s voter rolls can proceed.
The corporate media propagandists can’t refute ALL this evidence of election fraud, so their approach is to gaslight the American People by telling them it doesn’t exist. They smear all of these experienced, renowned and credentialed experts (and witnesses) as nutjobs or liars and, instead, tell us we should listen to the junkie with plug holes in his ears who hates America and most Americans. Right.
Dominus Claim #2: “Bipartisan audits of paper ballots in closely contested states such as Georgia and Arizona confirmed Biden’s victory…”
Oh, Susan. So, what she is referring to here are the Risk-Limiting Audits, or the “audit ourselves” methodology that was piloted in my state, Colorado, in 2017 before being rolled out to other states looking to destroy the public trust and pull a fast one on their constituents. The only comprehensive, full forensic audit of an election that has ever taken place in American history is the audit that recently wrapped up in Maricopa County, Arizona.
Dominus doesn’t even mention the Arizona audit. Not a peep. Which is weird, because there are preliminary results from that audit that have been released to the Arizona Senate and Dominus doesn’t even hint that she knows about these unprecedented results. Weird for the old Gray Lady, right?
Other media personalities have taken to calling this — again without any evidence or even an examination of the audit dubbed, “The Manhattan Project of Election Audits” — a “Fraudit.” They get their whole cabal to repeat the hashtag, including embattled Colorado Secretary of State Jonestown Jena Griswold who tweeted “Fraudit” the day she banned audits in Colorado.
They don’t back up these claims with any facts or data because they believe their audiences too stupid to think beyond hashtags. And, sadly, most of their audiences are. If you’re still outsourcing your critical thinking to the corporate media and repeating their headlines as truth, you’re brainwashed. Proceed to a deprogramming camp immediately. I think you can reach out to Milo for further instructions.
So, what did the Arizona audit find? While the full audit report is expected soon, but has been delayed due to Covid-19 cases within the audit team, we do have the preliminary results that were released by the audit team to AZ Senate President Karen Fann:
- Thousands of Duplicate Ballots with No Serial Numbers in the Ballot Boxes
- 11,326 Votes from Voters who were NOT on the Voter Rolls as of November 7, 2020
- Ballots cast on non Vote Secure Paper (allowing them to bleed and reject)
- 3,981 Votes from Voters Registered in Violation of Supreme Court Law
- 74,000 More Mail-in Votes RECEIVED AND COUNTED than were ACTUALLY MAILED
- A Breach of the Public Server and Evidence of Unauthorized Access
As a reminder, the presidential vote margin in all of Arizona (not just Maricopa) is 10,457 votes. But there is “no evidence of fraud.”
Big lie, indeed.
Dominus Claim #3: “Over all, the results were accurate, the election process was secure and no widespread fraud capable of changing the outcome has been uncovered.”
She just says this one. No evidence, no receipts, no experts… she just says it. In the New York Times Magazine — and they print it. This is not terribly surprising though, as this story they’re peddling has as much basis in reality as RussiaGate. Same playbook.
So, now it is becoming clear what Dominus meant when she said, “What he saw, he quickly realized, was something that was likely to wreck his life, hurt his employer and possibly erode trust in the electoral process.”
No kidding. As it should. Treason is a pretty damn big deal.
MAINSTREAM FAIRY TALE: ERIC COOMER IS A VICTIM
Warning: This section is graphic.
Dominus wants us to believe that a small group of conspiracy theorists have undertaken a campaign to smear and defame Mr. Coomer. She paints Coomer as misunderstood, claiming:
“As Coomer watched the [Oltmann] video, though, he felt a second strong emotion: a powerful sense of regret — because the Facebook posts were, in fact, authentic. Why, he thought, hadn’t he just deleted them? Coomer could imagine how his words would sound to just about any Republican, let alone someone already hearing on Fox News that Dominion was switching votes for Biden. He told me that he believed every word of what he said on Facebook, but when colleagues later asked him what he was thinking, he was frank: He had screwed up.”
You caught that, right? “I said it, I meant it, but I am super unhappy that people found out what I said and meant.” They always tell you who they are.
Dominus fails to share these contentious social posts in her fluffy short story about Eric Coomer, so let’s take a look through Eric’s social media journey during the Trump era.
Remember, Eric has confirmed these posts are authentic, and he also confirmed that he meant every word.
Now this is 2016, at the election. Eric starts becoming less diplomatic.
Here, it’s possible Eric is beginning to wonder if his methods are being found out.
Transitioning into the burn/loot/murder era, this just five days after George Floyd died of a fentanyl overdose while resisting arrest. Eric posted his playlist:
And here, Eric is defending the summer of love in which his comrades burned down the country. With some choice words for anyone who disagreed.
This next one is one of my faves.
And that’s just on Facebook.
Former White House staffer Garrett Ziegler recently shared a profile document on Eric Coomer on his Telegram channel, with receipts, and it’s quite clear that Coomer has a long history of saying what he means (with literally no filter).
The profile shows in detail that Eric has hostility towards Christians, a hatred of America (especially smalls towns), and sexual deviance (at best) that presents as sexually predatory behavior (like making jokes about rape).
Here are a couple examples. For context, the profile suggests the dog/slut references are in regards Emily, his wife at the time (she ditched him — his words — in 2003):
Now, I don’t care what people do in their personal lives, how many shades of gray they are into, and if it gets them off to write about it and share it with others. That’s between Mr. and (former) Mrs. Coomer, their lifeless readers, and God.
But given this dude’s level of influence in our elections, I find this relevant. Eric Coomer holds a boatload of patents for America’s current election systems. The Facebook posts show a vicious, radical leftist with an axe to grind. The deeper profile reveals a sexual deviant with fantasies of female humiliation and battery in addition to being an admitted, allegedly former, heroin and cocaine addict with a criminal record. Goes to character, Your Honor.
And don’t tell me, “but he is a private citizen!” That standard simply can’t apply during the time of these posts. He worked for a private company, yes, but he held an incredible amount of public power over American democracy — way more than any elected official. As he told his audience at the Hacker One conference in 2020:
“My name’s Eric Coomer. I’m with Dominion Voting Systems as a Director of Product strategy and Security. It really is my focus to develop not just new products but also re-evaluating our existing product base with the focus really on securing that the best way we can. I’ve also been instrumental in developing Dominion’s most recent co-ordinated voter vulnerability disclosure policy – we released that last year. I’m the main conduit for that information that comes in, any vulnerability that are [sic] reported to the company come directly to me. I manage that whole process.”
He manages the whole vulnerability process, guys. That information comes directly to him. The guy who meant every word of those Facebook posts above.
How’s that public trust and confidence level looking?
This (realistic) view of Coomer is hard to reconcile with the attempt at sympathetic character development Dominus tries to get the reader to believe: The Dominion Executive, who really is just a funky everyman, but who “screwed up” with his social media…but otherwise is a trusted source for election security.
Remember that Coomer was Product Strategy and Security Leader for Dominion during the time of the election.
Security. Security. Security.
Interestingly, in this piece, we hear about several regrets that Mr. Coomer has due to “mistakes” he made with his social media, which led to his current predicament.
“…the Facebook posts were, in fact, authentic. Why, he thought, hadn’t he just deleted them?”
“Before he left for work on Nov. 10, Coomer checked the settings on his Facebook account. Had he been careless?”
“…he poured all his disgust and disappointment into a 200-word anti-Trump screed that he posted on Facebook. ‘It was not intended for the general public,’ Coomer said. ‘It was a lashing out.’”
“Coomer started deleting old posts, but he realized how foolishly he had put his faith in a notion of digital privacy.” This one is my favorite.
This is the hindsight narrative of the former SECURITY LEADER for Dominion. As a technology professional, I have worked with security professionals for close to 20 years, from CISOs down to security engineers. None of those professionals had Facebook accounts because, in the world of technology, it’s widely known that Facebook is a data mining operation and not even remotely private. Everyone with even a cursory knowledge of digital security and data privacy knows this. Except Eric Coomer, apparently.
But surely, NOW he has learned his lesson. These were just mistakes, right? He got caught up in passion and said things but he won’t make those mistakes on social media again…
Remember, Dominion holds their security vulnerabilities proprietary — a practice that is only acceptable in the crazy clown world of federal, state and local American government buyers who will buy a critical product stack without understanding where and how it’s vulnerable. With security vulnerabilities proprietary, it really is a pinky promise with Eric Coomer that our elections are secure.
Serious question: Who here finds Eric Coomer pinky promise-worthy?
Also appalling is this little nugget from Dominus’ piece, “No one ever raised any concerns with Coomer about his posts, because his posts were available only to his Facebook friends.”
From a corporate risk standpoint, this is further proof that Dominion — and the people running it — should be nowhere near American elections. If you don’t vet your Strategy and Security Leader, who exactly do you vet?
MAINSTREAM FAIRY TALE: DOMINION IS A VICTIM
The lapse in judgement with Eric Coomer is not surprising given the Dominion CEO has lied before Congress and repeatedly to the American People about whether or not Dominion machines are connected to the internet. This is further repeated in Dominus story:
“Poulos was baffled: The technology did not allow for that kind of remote update, as the machines are not connected to the internet. ‘It would be like me saying I came into your house and updated your kitchen table without your [sic] knowing it,’ Poulos said.”
Dominion executives and media personalities have repeatedly told us that these machines don’t connect to the internet, hence the reference to “your kitchen table.”
There is only one problem with that: It’s not true.
Here are the receipts (El Paso County, Colorado but the same or similar components are used across Dominion hardware):
This and the many, many other receipts are documented in USEIP’s April 24, 2021 Presentation Outlining System, Hardware and Process Vulnerabilities
That is why we now see the narrative shifting from, “They CAN’T connect to the internet,” to, “they WEREN’T connected to the internet.” Subtle but meaningful distinction. The mainstream lie peddlers don’t think you will notice.
Part of me felt bad for Poulos (briefly). When he first communicated that the machines weren’t capable of connecting to the internet, I believed that he really believed that. His Product Strategy and Security Leader probably told him that. But then again, he didn’t really vet his Product Strategy and Security Leader — the former skinhead, heroin junkie, sexually deviant, overtly misogynist bully with a history of criminal behavior and fantasies about the sexual battery of women — so, that’s kind of on Poulos. Bad feeling over.
It remains unclear if Poulos faces legal consequences for lying to Congress. Probably not. No one ever does.
In trying to generate sympathy for Coomer and Dominion, Dominus describes the panicked moments after he realized that he had been found out:
“After he left the airport, he stopped by his home to feed his cats and pick up a rifle.”
Of course, he has cats. And probably soy in the fridge. I want to call BS on the rifle part — except for maybe a paintball gun and a couple of pussy-hat-pink-colored balls.
In my next piece, I will break down the second angle of this story: The NYT and Susan Dominus’ painting of Joe Oltmann as a villain who has become “famous” at the expense of Eric Coomer, the addict who wants to perform sexually battery on women (presumably consensually but unclear due to the rape jokes) and celebrate dead cops while doing his part to fight for free and fair elections (because he is just such a good dude). Her framing of Joe is just as fictional and hysterical as her fever dream about Eric Coomer.
Until then, I will leave you with this:
Thank you to the incredible Data Jeff who contributed to this report.
23 thoughts on “The Ultimate Gaslight: Susan Dominus, Eric Coomer, & the Mainstream Fairy Tales of the New York Times”
Thank you Ashe
No,there were a lot of non racist or Antiracist Skinheads in the 90s.
But if he say he was in the Straight Edge Scene how does it work together with Drugs?Straight Edge means NO DRUGS!Even no Alcohol and cigarettes.
Thank you! I should have led with the consolidated decision, because they cut my mic before I could fully get the question out. I am sending them an email in follow up. Onward!
You say: “I have heard many pundits claim that Dr. Shiva’s theory has been debunked, including personalities on the right, but I have never seen the debunking. And I’ve looked.”
Please see https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aokNwKx7gM8
The guy is Matt Parker who has a channel called “Stand-up Maths.” Dr. Shiva did come back after this and say that Biden’s straight line is higher than Trump’s or something like that, but since both were straight lines, much of the argument was invalidated (“debunked”), in my mind.
See also this article that mentions the original post, the “debunking.” and Shiva’s response:
I looked at the data myself, and I don’t think Shiva has a very strong argument personally.
Eric Coomer of Dominion: “Trump’s not gonna win. I made f*cking sure of that!”, “Eric from Dominion” told Antifa members “keep up the pressure”.
This is amazing. Thank you 🙏🏼
This is a fantastic article. Thank you!
That is a truly master piece of work. The depth of information (supported) is real grist for the mental mill. It is quite long and I loved the carve outs you used.
That is high praise from you! ❤️
WOW!!!! I do not follow msm and just happened to catch y’all on Cc last night…Very impressive … Thank you for helping shed the light on these dark souls
Wow grea job
Ashe – Well done. Thank you.
Amazing job. So glad you exist and wrote this. Ty.
Back at ya! Thanks!
This is a really well done commentary, ashe. Bravo!
Thank you for this excellently written article!
Excellent piece. THANK YOU.
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