Political Polarization–How The Left and Right Follow Different Sources For News
Oct22

Political Polarization–How The Left and Right Follow Different Sources For News

The Pew Research Center has released a study on Political Polarization and Media Habits. Most of their findings, summarized below, are as would be predicted: Overall, the study finds that consistent conservatives: Are tightly clustered around a single news source, far more than any other group in the survey, with 47% citing Fox News as their main source for news about government and politics. Express greater distrust than trust of 24...

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Why are Americans So Czar-Struck? (Guest Voice)
Oct22

Why are Americans So Czar-Struck? (Guest Voice)

Why are Americans So Czar-Struck? By Dick Polman Let’s take a break from our Ebola freakout and debate something a bit more benign – like word usage. For instance, why do we keep using czar? Last Friday, seemingly within seconds of Ron Klain’s ascent to the new post of Ebola response coordinator, the press headlines were dubbing him the “Ebola Czar.” Which I suppose was to be expected, given the fact...

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How to Blow An Election You Ought to Win (part ii)
Oct21

How to Blow An Election You Ought to Win (part ii)

A lie can travel half way around the world while the truth is putting on its shoes.  — Mark Twain (attributed) Let me open with the follow-up to yesterday’s post: UPDATE 10:40AM 20 Oct 2014: Even though Drudge featured the Reuters report (which seems increasingly slanted, ideologically) and the Righties with Magic Eyes™ “saw” the same thing in blog after blog, oddly, the CBS affiliate saw something entirely...

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Most/Least Trusted News Sources
Oct21

Most/Least Trusted News Sources

Christopher Ingraham notes the most and least trusted news sources from a Pew study in The Washington Post. Overall, four of the top five least-trusted news outlets have a strong conservative lean: Limbaugh, Fox News, Glenn Beck and Sean Hannity. MSNBC rounds out the list. The most trusted news outlets, on the other hand, tend to be major TV networks: CNN, NBC News, ABC News, CBS News, with Fox at No. 5.   The Pew Study notes...

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Beware Of Those Politicians Who Spread Fear–We Have No Reason To Fear Ebola As Long As We Respond Sensibly
Oct21

Beware Of Those Politicians Who Spread Fear–We Have No Reason To Fear Ebola As Long As We Respond Sensibly

A mood of fear is engulfing the country which might very well affect the midterm elections. Hopefully people will react rationally and reject the Republicans who promote unwarranted fears, play politics, and advocate for counterproductive responses such as travel bans. Unfortunately but this is not the probable response. As I discussed last week, even citing a report on Fox, we have no need to fear Ebola as long as proper precautions...

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A Perplexing Political Puzzle
Oct21

A Perplexing Political Puzzle

Public approval ratings for Congress have remained consistently low for a number of years, though recently they have reached depths not previously seen. Americans seem to overwhelmingly agree that members of Congress are doing a terrible job, yet incumbents keep getting repeatedly reelected. Are citizens lying in response to the pollsters’ questions, or is something being missed by either those taking the surveys or the political...

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Fun With Electoral College Math
Oct21

Fun With Electoral College Math

Fun with Electoral College Math by Fig So I think the Electoral College is a bad system for a number of reasons, but I want to focus on one major reason in this article. For starters, it really seems to give the wrong impression about how divided this nation is, and how Presidents score a “mandate” because of electoral college numbers that look like a landslide when the popular vote is anything but, essentially it can totally...

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Please Politicize Ebola (Guest Voice)
Oct21

Please Politicize Ebola (Guest Voice)

Please Politicize Ebola By Tina Dupuy “Politicize” is a jab meaning the other side is trying to capitalize on a news topic. “The Republicans have tried to politicize the border crisis,” says Nancy Pelosi. Reince Priebus says Democrats are trying to politicize Benghazi. Jay Carney says Republicans are trying to politicize Benghazi. Steny Hoyer says Republicans are trying to politicize the VA scandal. Rush...

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Warren makes the case
Oct21

Warren makes the case

WASHINGTON — Sen. Elizabeth Warren says she isn’t running for president. At this rate, however, she may have to. The Massachusetts Democrat has become the brightest ideological and rhetorical light in a party whose prospects are dimmed by — to use a word Jimmy Carter never uttered — malaise. Her weekend swing through Colorado, Minnesota and Iowa to rally the faithful displayed something no other potential...

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Cartoon: Ebola Cable News
Oct20

Cartoon: Ebola Cable News

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How to Blow An Election You Ought to Win (Part 1) UPDATED
Oct20

How to Blow An Election You Ought to Win (Part 1) UPDATED

UPDATED BELOW Obama makes rare campaign trail appearance, people leave early Jeff Mason / Reuters (Reuters) – President Barack Obama made a rare appearance on the campaign trail on Sunday with a rally to support the Democratic candidate for governor in Maryland, but early departures of crowd members while he spoke underscored his continuing unpopularity…. Ah, the agit-prop campaign is working: divide and dispirit...

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Of Oil and Ethnic Cleansing: Allow Me to Explain the Turks (La Stampa, Italy)
Oct20

Of Oil and Ethnic Cleansing: Allow Me to Explain the Turks (La Stampa, Italy)

Despite Turkey’s attempts to explain why it’s 400,000 man NATO military stands by passively as the Islamic State commits murder and mayhem a stone’s throw away – the world remains baffled. Is Turkey President Recep Tayyip Erdogan insane? Is he in cahoots with the terrorists? And why such an obsession about opposing the long-suffering, nation-deprived Kurds? Answering these questions in an amazing walk through...

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The blue-collar imperative
Oct20

The blue-collar imperative

WASHINGTON — In Georgia, Democrat Michelle Nunn is giving Republicans a real scare in a Senate race the GOP thought it had put away. Some of her new momentum comes from a sustained attack on David Perdue, her businessman foe, for his work shipping American jobs overseas. One ad includes a quotation from Perdue about his outsourcing past: “Defend it? I’m proud of it.” The tagline: “David Perdue, he’s...

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Warren’s credibility grows
Oct19

Warren’s credibility grows

Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s credibility grows: It kind of looks like a) she’s chosen a great way to run without yet running, and b) she’s developing a solid base among new voters. And she’s managed to put an effective distance between her potential candidacy and the corporatist Clinton crowd. Speaking before more than 400 people at Carleton College, Warren repeatedly invoked the spirit of the late...

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POLL: Romney ahead among Republicans, Hillary Clinton dominates among Democrats
Oct19

POLL: Romney ahead among Republicans, Hillary Clinton dominates among Democrats

Less than a month before the scramble for the 2016 Presidential nominations of both parties really begins — the second after the November elections ballots are counted — the latest ABC News/Washington Post shows former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney ahead in a split Republican field and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton totally dominating among Democrats. While it’s silly to predict that Clinton is now a shoo...

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The Hardest-Working Congressman in North Dakota
Oct19

The Hardest-Working Congressman in North Dakota

The Hardest-Working Congressman in North Dakota By Jason Stanford As America waits, ever patiently, for the economic recovery to trickle down to the rest of us, at least we won’t have to worry about Kevin Cramer. This former radio host has figured out a way to get a piece of the pie not just for himself but for many of his relatives as well. Unfortunately, he’s cashing in because he’s a congressman, so his method...

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Dear Politicians: A Travel Ban Won’t Stop Ebola—and May Make It Worse
Oct19

Dear Politicians: A Travel Ban Won’t Stop Ebola—and May Make It Worse

As more and more patients arrive in U.S. hospitals with “Ebola-like” symptoms—never mind the fact that the vast majority of them do not have the virus—politicians have increasingly called on President Barack Obama to ban travel to and from Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia, the three countries most affected by the disease. A number of lawmakers,… Dear Politicians: A Travel Ban Won’t Stop Ebola—and May Make It...

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Avoiding Panic Regarding Ebola
Oct18

Avoiding Panic Regarding Ebola

With some conservatives playing politics with Ebola, it is good to see that Shepard Smith at Fox is being more responsible. See the video above where he explains why there is no reason to panic. Hopefully this will calm down the conservatives who are being incited to panic and see this as reason to vote against Democrats by other conservative voices. As Shepard Smith explains, there is no outbreak of Ebola in the United States. We had...

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One Man, One Vote (Guest Voice)
Oct18

One Man, One Vote (Guest Voice)

One Man, One Vote Raging Moderate by Will Durst Whiners. Bounders. Ingrates. Talking about the incessant griping and sniping currently buzzing over long overdue Republican reforms requiring citizens to produce a government issued ID before casting a vote. From the outcry you’d think the GOP was organizing competitive kitten clubbings. Again. Oh for crum’s sakes, settle down people. It’s just an ID. You need one to...

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Ebola hysteria is going viral. Don’t fall for these 5 myths
Oct18

Ebola hysteria is going viral. Don’t fall for these 5 myths

EDITOR’s NOTE: This is being reposted and put higher on top since comments had been turned off due to a technical glitch. YOUR COMMENTS ON THIS ARE WELCOME. NAIROBI, Kenya — In the US, Ebola hysteria is spreading way faster than the virus itself. Commentators on cable news are the worst offenders, stoking fears with paranoid soothsaying and inventing apocalyptic future scenarios that may scare the bejeezus out of viewers...

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