Category Archives: Media

Why the New Yorker Cover Didn’t Work (a Tom Toles Cartoon)

Tom Toles, Washington Post

Cheers,
Charlie

Media, Grow Up and Act Like the Professionals You Claim to Be

Obama denies altering proposed Iraq withdrawal timeline

Obama has always said that he would listen to the military leaders in order to handle the situation responsibly. The media has gotten this new narrative in its head, that Obama is apparently shifting on everything, so therefore it interprets everything through this narrative.

For the love of God, media, stop doing this and start acting like the professionals you’re supposed to be. It’s no wonder no one trusts you.

Cheers,
Charlie

Internet Comment: The Democratic Primaries are the Next American Idol

Even though I really don’t know what the complaint is about, my favorite Internet comment today: From “Christine V from Dallas, TX” in response to Poll: Obama gaining support with key Clinton demographics:

HOW CONVENIENT!!! THAT YOU SHOW THIS NOW

Gallup’s results released Tuesday are based on a survey of 1,261 Democratic and Democratic-leaning voters using combined data from May 16-18, 2008.

BIASED BRAINWASHING TECHNIQUE OBAMA REPORTING!
OH OK FORGET ABOUT THE OTHER MILLIONS!!!

YOU MEDIA PEOPLE AND OBAMA PEOPLE ARE REALLY WORRIED AREN’T YOU….WAIT TILL NOVEMBER WHEN MILLIONS WILL SHOW UP IN FAVOR OF HILLARY OR MCCAIN AND
NOT YOUR PRODUCT AMERICAN IDOL!

It’s a thing of beauty.  And I can kind of picture Geraldine Ferraro as the angry, bitter counterpart to Paula Abdul.

Cheers,
Charlie

There Isn’t As Big a Rift in the Democratic Party as Some Want You to Believe

You know, there is a rift in the Democratic Party, but certainly not anything that cannot be minimized come November, especially if Clinton ever starts reconciliation.  According to a new Quinnipiac University poll:

Both Democratic candidates beat McCain by a gap well outside the margin of error. Obama beats McCain by 7 points in the poll, 47 percent to 40 percent, while Hillary Clinton bests the Arizona senator by 5 points, 46 percent to 41 percent.

So while the media does its best to make it seem like there’s a gigantic rift in the Party that can’t be fixed (and to some extent, so does Clinton), the truth is quite the opposite.

Cheers,
Charlie

Keith Olbermann on Clinton Arguments

This video so fantastically sums up the problem with Clinton reasoning, I just couldn’t help but post it here even though it’ll probably be all of the place shortly, if not already.  MSNBC’s Keith Olbermann summarizing Clinton’s arguments as to whose votes should count:

(Note: MSNBC apparently keeps sending take-down notices to YouTube for this clip.  Why?  I have no idea at all.  You’d think they’d appreciate the attention.  Anyway, I’m currently on my third link, and will probably stop updating the video after a few days.)

Absolutely classic.

Cheers,
Charlie

Can the Media Make a Promise?

On NPR: “If Obama wins both states, he will make it all but impossible for Clinton to catch-up in pledged delegates.”  Uh-huh.  Right, sure.  Like that isn’t already the case.  But please, please promise that if it does happen (even though I highly doubt it will), you’ll actually cover it as such?  Please?!

Anyway, prediction: Obama wins North Carolina by 4 points, Clinton wins Indiana by 4 points, the media continues to say Obama’s dead even though Clinton can’t win.

UPDATE May 6, 1:38 PM:
Actually, I didn’t really figure in Indiana undecided voters in my prediction for today’s primaries.  If they’re still undecided at this point, they’re likely to go with the safety vote, that being Clinton.  As such, updated prediction: Obama wins North Carolina by 4 points, Clinton wins Indiana by 6 points, the media continues to say Obama’s dead even though Clinton can’t win.

UPDATE May 6, 1:46 PM:
Oy, and I forgot to figure in the possible Republican-caused “chaos“…

Cheers,
Charlie

Media Criticized for Reporting Math

And just when you thought the media wasn’t reporting at all on Clinton’s miniscule chances to win the nomination, and instead saying Obama was done for, out comes more criticism of the media for being anti-Clinton and for their “unique push to get a competitive White House hopeful to drop out of the race.”  From Slate.com:

Hillary Clinton and the Drop-Out Chorus

I’d distinguish between “pushing” Clinton to drop out and arguing that she can’t win. We’ve exhausted who knows how much server space detailing the extremely daunting metrics facing her candidacy without explicitly calling for her to exit the race. Of course, there’s the implication that, facing doom, a rational candidate would surrender. But rationality left the building long ago…

If anything, the media has done Clinton a favor in recent weeks: Judging from the way the Rev. Wright scandal has been covered, you could be forgiven for thinking Obama’s candidacy was about to crash and burn.

It’s a good post, and worth a full read.  It’s particularly interesting that people’s perceptions of the race don’t fit with reality.  That’s a big sign that the media isn’t doing its job.

Cheers,
Charlie