Tuesday, January 10, 2012

The Messages from the Media

Political Reporting Is As Bad As the Candidate’s Promises

The following meaningful story in Italics (quoted verbatim) was reported on the morning of the important New Hampshire primary in the Los Angeles Times.

By Michael A. Memoli, January 9, 2012, 9:11 p.m. Reporting from Manchester, N.H.—

The first votes in the nation's first presidential primary have been cast in Dixville Notch, N.H., resulting in a tie between Jon Huntsman Jr. and Mitt Romney in the Republican race. 

Each received two votes apiece, with one vote each for Newt Gingrich and Ron Paul.

President Obama won all three votes cast in the Democratic primary.

There are a total of nine registered voters in the tiny North Country village, and just three who are registered Republicans. Four more undeclared voters were eligible to vote in either the Republican or Democratic primary. There were two registered Democrats.

Aren’t you glad that you had the opportunity to truly learn something about the electoral process from this intrepid reporter and his newspaper? 
 Or would you rather watch the movie Groundhog Day all day, every day? Is there a difference?

On-the-Street Reporting, An Important “D” Rated Tale

To protect the alleged perpetrators, only their first names are listed.

The San Jose Mercury News reported that a private album-release party ended in a 15-person street brawl at 1:10 a.m. in Walnut Creek, California. Davon who resisted arrest attacked one of the many police officers called in. He was then joined in the struggle for justice and liberty by other members of his vaunted D-Team including Dante, Davonte and Devon. When she became incensed at the lack of civility at the scene, Desirae tried to punch a police officer and was also arrested. A delightful ending.

Television’s Bright Lites

On the Charlie Rose Show on PBS, just prior to the New Hampshire GOP Primary, Charlie was interviewing some distinguished pundits regarding Mitt and the Gang of Five’s attacks. Fortunately, two of them were forearmed with some transportation clichés —one if by land, and one if by sea—and neither of them saw how frail their points were.

Norah O’Donnell of CBS (or was See BS), seemed to be on a time machine as she moved backward into the twentieth or nineteenth century when speaking of the “retirement” of Bill Daley from Obama’s staff. She repeatedly said, “Bill Daley was brought in to keep the trains running on time.” Norah, trains are so passé, and you could have evoked something with a more twenty-first century feel—you know Norah, those things that go up in the air. Perhaps something like, “Obama’s campaign plane is taking off and Daley has been left at the departure gate.”

The next bit of transportation clichés were in the hands of Judd Gregg whose credentials include being a former governor and senator from New Hampshire, and an unabashed Romney supporter. He sounded like a Mississippi gambler with his paeans of Mitt beginning with, “He’s got the cards and will be playing a strong hand in South Carolina.” Now you can’t be gambling on the river without some transportation mechanism, and Judd kept repeating, “People are getting on Mitt’s boat.” You may have to be a bit wary of any former senator or governor who has two of the same letters side-by-side at the end of both their first and last name.

Ah the primaries, a sink or swim proposition, and that’s why all of the GOP candidates are trying to get their ducks in line.

If the Media Has You shraynOy Vey

Don’t just sit there and be fretting

All the narishkeyt, try rejecting.

The answer to this type of qualm?

Just go to www.theoyway.com.

shrayn = shouting

narishkeyt = nonsense