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Even Those Who Study Past Mistakes Repeat Them

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SO HOW GOOD A JOB did the mass media do covering the election? The voters’ choice, at least as defined by those media, was clear – but it had the clarity of an LCD. Not liquid crystal lighting, I’m afraid – but the Lowest Communicable Denominator.

Voters, we’re told, opted for certainty and so-called “steadfastness” (with Bush, supposedly) over thoughtfulness and a readiness to embrace change (claimed by Kerry) – a choice clinched by a slim majority of 3%. Any more elevated or sophisticated examination of the alternatives went entirely missing from the airwaves and most newspaper pages, right down to the day of decision.

“Big Media” was using some crude tools as it reinforced that crude choice. And finally there’s
little as crude as an exit-poll on D-Day itself. Continue reading “Even Those Who Study Past Mistakes Repeat Them” »

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Covering the Election, Internet-Wise

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NIXON vs. KENNEDY was the first television election. Now Bush vs. Kerry has become the first Internet election.

In the slipstream created by Howard Dean‘s innovative campaign manager Joe Trippi and by his webmistress, Zephyr Teachout (could you invent a better name for a cyber-messenger?) who revolutionized grassroots politics and took their primaries battle online, the Kerry-Edwards campaign has adopted many of their techniques. Continue reading “Covering the Election, Internet-Wise” »

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Rupert, The Undependable?

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CAN IT BE THAT RUPERT MURDOCH‘s support for the Republicans – once legendary in its rock-solidness – is starting to show cracks?

Just as George Bush, Dick Cheney and their campaign spinners are sounding their most determined (or even desperate), close scrutiny reveals signs of incomplete steadfastness within Murdoch ‘s flagships, Fox News and the New York Post. Continue reading “Rupert, The Undependable?” »

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