Reading Digest – 7 November 2012   Leave a comment

“Hey, Krusty, great set.” – Bart Simpson
“Are you kidding?  I stunk up the joint.” – Krusty the Klown
“No, no, I was talking to Lisa back there, we both agreed: you killed.” – Bart Simpson
“Really?  Lisa, huh?” – Krusty the Klown
“Sure, there were a lot of laughs.  You probably couldn’t hear them, the acoustics were so bad.” – Bart Simpson
“Yeah, the acoustics, that’s what it was.” – Krusty the Klown

CNNlogo The most trusted name in lackluster election coverage provides this important window into the anonymous hivemind of Facebook users:

Facebook Follies

The big news?  People were talking about Obama and Romney last night.  Thanks, CNN.

FNLogo At FOX, the blame is already being apportioned, and they’ve found a reliable culprit:

Obama Media Bias Did It!

And how, pray tell, did the “Media” account for the huge electoral margin and (as of right now) roughly 2.5 million popular vote difference:?  Well:

1. The Media’s Biased Gaffe Patrol Hammered Romney: The media unfairly jumped on  inconsequential mistakes — or even invented controversies — from Romney and hyped them in to multi-day media “earthquakes.” Case in point: the GOP candidate’s trip to Europe and Israel in late July. A Media Research Center analysis of all 21 ABC, CBS and NBC evening news stories about Romney’s trip found that virtually all of them (18, or 86%) emphasized “diplomatic blunders,” “gaffes” or “missteps.”

Yeah, it was the networks’ fault for covering a diplomatic fiasco that the British press deemed “Romneyshambles”.  But that one’s actually coherent compared to the next two:

2. Pounding Romney With Partisan Fact Checking:

And:

3. Those Biased Debate Moderators:

There are plenty of self-serving examples listed and many more counter-examples omitted, but it’s telling that FOX is pointing the finger at facts and debate moderators, as though it was all part of a grand design.  Read the rest if you want a morning jolt of winger butthurt with your coffee.

ABC Logo You would think on a day when there is a gargantuan surplus of real news a major network wouldn’t need to dip into the well of self-serving celebrity attention whores to fill space.  You would be wrong:

Self Regard Will Take You Far

It’s actually the first story below the electoral scoreboard, as if it matters in the least.

WSJlogo1 The more restrained vassals of Murdoch’s kingdom are taking things slightly better.  Slightly:

Review & Outlook: Hope Over Experience

That’s their lead editorial, which posits that electing the president who’s been doing the job for four years over the guy who was once a one term governor counts as picking “hope” over “experience”.  Huh. 

Posted November 7, 2012 by Charlie Sweatpants in Reading Digest, The Simpsons

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