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The Election Cluster F***

Author: Robert Weller
Published: November 06, 2012 at 12:40 pm

I shall never forget the Cheshire cat-style grin on CNN media personality Piers Morgan has he proudly informed us that Dixville Notch, for the first time ever, had tied in its post-midnight presidential vote. Morgan failed to mention, and CNN mainstream also failed to mention, that Hart’s Location, which also casts its vote just after midnight, had voted 23 to 9 for President Obama.

An alert reader on the Huffington Post noted that in 2008 a total of 21 people vote in Dixville Notch. Did they die or move elsewhere? Looks like a case for Scooby Doo.

Evidence has been growing for the past several years that Obama was going to win, and win easily. In the guise of balance, the mainstream had to keep the illusion up or they would be faced with filling hours of election material with thoughtful material on issues ignored during the campaign.

Things like climate change, torture, bank corruption, and so on.

In the last few days Bloomberg News determined that U.S. Sen. Leader Harry Reidwas right when he said Romney had paid no taxes for at least 10 years. The Nevada Democrat made the claim on the Senate floor. Was that to avoid a lawsuit?

A Dutch newspaper, two days before the voting, revealed Romney had shielded hundreds of millions of dollars/euros from capital gains taxes by taking advantage of a Dutch law meant to encourage investments in Holland.

At some points the race became silly. I expected to see national anchors turn their backs to the people they were interviewing, and only turn around if they found them particularly interesting, a la "The Voice."

Lest you think little thought was given to the methodology here, think again. A traditional journalistic principle has been at play all along: Don’t let the facts get in the way of a good story. The Louis C.K. skit about Lincoln on "Saturday Night Live" expressed most acerbically what balance is about. He said it was so hard reaching out to slave owners and trying to find common ground, when every inch of his being wanted to tell them go go away.


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