Friday, November 08, 2002

fair may be limbaugh, but limbaugh isn't fair

we got this email from fairness & accuracy in reporting, and thought we'd share it with you:

FAIR-L
Fairness & Accuracy In Reporting
Media analysis, critiques and activism

MEDIA ADVISORY:
Limbaugh's Liberal Media Proof: Too Good To Be True

November 7, 2002

On the topic of biased or inadequate media coverage of the elections, conservative talk show host Rush Limbaugh had a noteworthy take: On his November 4 radio show, he claimed that the New York Times was apparently hiding a news report favorable to Republicans.

The Times reported that Republican candidates were likely to win some key Congressional races. According to Limbaugh, "In fact, you can't find this story. You know where I found this New York Times story? In some little paper, like the Oshkosh Gazette or something. But it's an Adam Clymer story.... I can't find it in the Times, but the Times guy wrote it. It's so good for the Republicans, I don't think it made the Times, and went out on a New York Times wire service or news service, I think."

The problem with Limbaugh's media analysis? Clymer's report, "Control of House Expected to Stay in Hands of G.O.P.," was printed on the front page of the Times on November 4-- the same day Limbaugh was on the airwaves telling his listeners that he couldn't find the story in the Times. It appeared in the top right-hand column of the paper-- the spot the paper reserves for what it considers its most important stories.

Despite his questionable observation skills, Limbaugh was a featured analyst on NBC during its election night coverage.

To read the Times story that Limbaugh apparently couldn't find, go to:
http://www.nytimes.com/2002/11/04/politics/campaigns/04HOUS.html
(*registration required)

To read Limbaugh's analysis on his website:

http://www.rushlimbaugh.com/home/daily/site_110402/content/stack_b.guest.html


Wednesday, November 06, 2002

whoops!

did we say that the polls will be shown to be incorrect by 7 points to the right? sorry, we apparently meant to the left.

we don't know what happened last night, but it looks like we're in for a few years of oliver cromwell. we have no explanation, but zack exley of angry dems.com and gwbush.com, sent us his opinions in an email, and here they are:

Don't blame the media.
Don't blame the Republicans.
Don't blame Paul's plane.
Don't blame 9-11.
Don't blame the Greens.
And sure as hell don't blame the American people!

BLAME THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY LEADERSHIP.

Terry McAuliffe is an idiot. Daschle is a complete wuss.
Biden might as well not exist. It's time for us all to admit it.

And you know what?
They're not even going to take the right lesson from this. No, instead they're going to decide that they need to pull back even further, to submit even more completely. What the hell are we going to do? The American people have no leaders who represent them: that's why only 40% of register voters turned out.

Well, that's just my opinion. I know that probably a lot of other people are angry too. I set up a little site for people to vent. Use it as you see fit:

angrydems.com

Sincerely,
Your faithful wartime Webmaster,

Zack Exley

Sunday, November 03, 2002

clinton rally in florida

we got this email from our florida correspondent kathie k, who attended one of the bill clinton get-out-the-vote rallies in florida. here is her report:

Imagine a more perfect evening: 70° and balmy, on the white sand in South Miami Beach across from the world’s most beautiful examples of Art Deco architecture on Ocean Drive. [ed. note: we've been there on such a night, and yes, it is incredibly beautiful!] There’s a Jamaican steel drum band playing and the crowds are filing in: blacks, whites, hispanics, union members, elderly Jews, children, gays, disabled folks, college students, and lots of bikini clad women. From what I can see no one is being searched or interrogated, there are just a couple people at the entrance who are asking that you leave your McBride signs outside because you’ll be given new ones once you get in the stage area. By 6 o’clock, the setting sun has left pink and purple stripes in the sky.

Speaking to the exuberant crowd of about 1,000 were Florida Congressman Dan Gelber, Florida state Senator (and former gubernatorial candidate) Darryl Jones, U.S. congressional candidate Kendrick Meek, Democratic candidates for Florida Agriculture Secretary and Attorney General, David Nelson and Buddy Dyer. Janet Reno was also in attendance, showing her graceful support of the Democratic candidate who beat her in a devilishly close race. Each spoke of the need to get out the vote and end the destructive four years of Jeb Bush. Then came President Bill Clinton. No pomp, no circumstance, no invitation-only supporters, no First Amendment zones, but cheers befitting a rock star. And of course he spoke without notes, with his sleeves rolled up and got the crowd fired up for the guest of honor, Bill McBride. Clinton criticized the Bush administration for dismantling his class size initiative (remember his 100,000 additional teachers to reduce class size?). Well, Republicans think that’s too expensive and that tax cuts are a priority. The Florida public has been bombarded with lies from the Jeb Bush campaign that the only way we can afford to cut class size is with massive tax increases. My simple mind says if Jeb Bush and the Florida Republican legislature hadn’t given away $1.5 billion in annual tax cuts to the top 2% of Floridians, we could have easily afforded it. But they still lie about McBride’s plan to fund it with no other taxes than a 50¢ tax on cigarettes, showing their true colors about where they stand on public education and who they really care about (their wealthy good-ol’-boy contributors). President Clinton wondered aloud whether the citizens whose votes weren’t counted in the 2000 election would stay home this time because “what’s the point?” But he reminded us that the first time your vote was stolen from you, but if you stay home this time, you will be giving your vote away.

Clinton said he had worked with many governors as President and governor of Arkansas, and had never seen someone from the private sector more qualified to lead than Bill McBride. Clinton then introduced the next governor of the state of Florida. McBride stressed public education and how we can’t afford not to make Florida schools among the best in the nation (we are currently 49th, only ahead of Louisiana). McBride gave a short but impassioned stump speech. I will be proud to cast my vote for him Tuesday.

As usual at these rallies, Clinton went into the crowd and shook people’s hands (his Secret Service people earn every penny they make!). I got about 4 feet from him, but couldn’t reach him. The man has rock star status everywhere he goes, no matter how much the right tries to sully his image. President Dubya can’t talk to anyone who’s not a preapproved Republican supporter, but Clinton will fearlessly go into any crowd and let people touch him and answer their questions and humbly accept their thanks fort the job he’s done for all of us. Seeing the contrast makes you miss him even more.

But enough sentimentality – we have to get out the vote for Bill McBride and kick the first of two Bushes out of office. As the sign on my car says, Regime Change Begins at Home!

Kathie