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Wherein the WaPo’s Right Hand Doesn’t Know (or Care) What the WaPo’s Left Hand’s Doing

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Can someone please explain to me how the Washington Post’s own polling shows Ralph Northam up 13 points (note: I don’t believe Northam’s really up 13 points; Real Clear Politics’ average has Northam up 5.8 points right now), yet a big article about the Virginia governor’s race in today’s paper says that the election is “neck-and-neck?” It’s almost like the Washington Post’s left hand doesn’t know what its right hand is doing. Or maybe, just maybe, the (Com)Post is simply addicted to “close horse race”-style coverage, as they believe – probably correctly, sad to say – that it drives a lot more clicks than, let’s say, an article on the candidates’ policy positions, or on important House of Delegates races or whatever. Is this more the media’s fault, or are they simply giving the people what they want, so to speak?  I’d say both, but we can’t ONLY blame the corporate media for our own addiction to “who’s up, who’s down”-style campaign coverage…

P.S. Standard disclaimers and cliches about how we “all need to act like the race it tied,” “leave it all on the field,” “work like we’re behind a point,” “don’t get overconfident,” blah blah blah.


  • Meanwhile, speaking of corporate media f’ups, check this out about how Virginia, which Hillary Clinton won by 5 points, is supposedly “Trump country” WTF AP???? Delete your account now!!! LOL

    http://bluevirginia.us/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/apclaimsvatrumpcountry.jpg

  • A_Siegel

    RE the Post, that article really focuses on the DNC and makes ‘the DNC’ (thoughtlessly) a surrogate for all Democratic candidates/activity by emphasizing the DNC vs RNC financial situations (bleak DNC, rosy RNC) without putting into broader context.

    That ‘broader’ context: that there is a swarm of D candidates, at all levels, for elected positions; and, that those candidates are doing extremely well in fundraising. One discussion here (based on Politico reporting): https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2017/10/23/1709085/-Democrats-early-fundraising-eclipsing-that-of-GOP-incumbents That opens: “Republicans are stunned at both the sheer number of Democratic candidates throwing their hats in the ring for 2018 and the cash they are amassing in these early fundraising days.” That provides a diametrically opposite perspective on what is going on than the Post’s front-page article.

  • Perseus1986

    I think you answered your own question: “Or maybe, just maybe, the (Com)Post is simply addicted to “close horse race”-style coverage”. We’re living in the world of info-tainment, where tweets are news, and the more sensation or outrage created, the more likes, retweets and clicks gained. In that sense, Trump, along with the reality TV show that is Congress since 2009, is nothing more than a Frankenstein created by such an environment of discourse.