Wednesday, September 24, 2008

I love NPR, but....

So NPR annoyed me a little bit this morning (and by annoyed, I mean Jen had to put up with me talking back to the radio while I was in the shower.) Two things bugged me specifically:

1. The top of the hour news was on and in it they said that democrat so-and-so was accusing republican so-and-so of violating campaigning law by not having his name and party identification (or something) at the end of a campaign commercial. The announcer went on to say that the republican denied the democrats claim and asserted that the commercial in question was in full compliance with the law. end of story. Do you notice something missing here? The media is so concerned with being "balanced" that they apparently failed to see that they could just go look at the commercial for themselves and tell the listeners what was there, instead of engaging in literally he-said, she-said. I mean really. you just had to go listen to the commercial and then state the facts. Easy.

2. During at story about the election (duh), the reporter asserted that the number of battleground states had lessened. According to the NPR map, the battleground states are Nevada, Colorado, Michigan, Ohio, Virginia, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania. However, Pollster has 13 states listed as battlegrounds, adding to the list - Montana, Minnesota, Indiana, Florida, WEST VIRGINIA, and North Carolina. Given the option of listening to the Traditional Media, or going with independent and online media, I'll take my chances with the indy stuff. And yet, how can there be such a difference? I mean six states, that's a pretty big difference, and that's a pretty big story if Obama is making WEST VIRGINIA competitive, sure throws a wrench into that whole he-can't-win-rural-white-folks narrative. And there's another story here, fivethirtyeight projects him to win Nevada, New Mexico and all the state within a stones throw of McCain's home state (minus Utah, and who really knows about Utah), all states that went for Bush in 2004. Can you imagine the media frenzy if McCain was expected to win Michigan, Wisconsin and Iowa? I can.

Meanwhile, fivethirtyeight projects Obama to win 309-229.

Moving along, (via Americablog) CNN slams McCain over hiding Palin away for the past four weeks:

"Tonight I call on the McCain campaign to stop treating Sarah Palin like she is a delicate flower that will wilt at any moment," said Brown. "This woman is from Alaska for crying out loud. She is strong. She is tough. She is competent. And you claim she is ready to be one heart beat away from the presidency. If that is the case, then end this chauvinistic treatment of her now. Allow her to show her stuff. Allow her to face down those pesky reporters... Let her have a real news conference with real questions. By treating Sarah Palin different from the other candidates in this race, you are not showing her the respect she deserves. Free Sarah Palin. Free her from the chauvinistic chain you are binding her with. Sexism in this campaign must come to an end. Sarah Palin has just as much a right to be a real candidate in this race as the men do. So let her act like one."

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and in case you're concerend that it's National Enquirer, just remeber that it was the Enquirer that outed John Edwards on his affair, and all the republican pundits said it was fair game. Just saying.


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