11.08.2004



Is that a blip on the radar?


Late Sunday, MSNBC anchor Keith Olbermann posted a rather intriguing (to say the least) blog entry that opens with the observation that "no Presidential candidate’s concession speech is legally binding."
This is mentioned because there is a small but blood-curdling set of news stories that right now exists somewhere between the world of investigative journalism, and the world of the Reynolds Wrap Hat. And while the group’s ultimate home remains unclear - so might our election of just a week ago.

He goes on to try to explain why the news media has fallen down on the job so many times in the past few years:
The only reason I differentiate between the blogs and the newspapers is that in the latter, a certain bar of ascertainable, reasonably neutral, fact has to be passed, and has to be approved by a consensus of reporters and editors. The process isn’t flawless (ask Dan Rather) but the next time you read a blog where bald-faced lies are accepted as fact, ask yourself whether we here in cyberspace have yet achieved the reliability of even the mainstream media. In short, a lot gets left out of newspapers, radio, and tv - but what’s left in tends to be, in the words of my old CNN Sports colleague NickCharles, a lead-pipe cinch.

Thus the majority of the media has yet to touch the other stories of Ohio (the amazing Bush Times Ten voting machine in Gahanna) or the sagas of Ohio South: huge margins for Bush in Florida counties in which registered Democrats outnumber registered Republicans 2-1, places where the optical scanning of precinct totals seems to have turned results from perfect matches for the pro-Kerry exit poll data, to Bush sweeps.

This is coming MSNBC (aka GE [F-16 engines, nuclear bomb detonators] + Microsoft [you owe them money, by the way]), hardly a lefty anti-establishment corporate venture. Should be interesting (aggravating) viewing in the news this week.

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