Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Morning Briefing: Media Malpractice


Morning Briefing
For October 2, 2012

1. Media Malpractice
I think I have been more than fair to the media and their polling. I accept that Romney is a bit behind, but acknowledge that a number of polls have a higher Democratic margin than the turn out in 2008. I think it is unfortunate that major media players would rather insult conservatives who take issue with that then explain why it is so and how they are arriving at their polling results.

I would note that there are a number of polls that show Romney a couple of points behind that have a more reasonable Democrat to Republican ratio. But I wish the media would explain, instead of insult conservatives, why there is such a gap. Last night on twitter, Chuck Todd was ridiculing people who believe there is a media conspiracy. Meanwhile, his own network has dragged its feet on coverage of the administration's disastrous handling of Libya and, well, he works for MSNBC.

Perhaps instead of being insulting, he, a former staffer for Tom Harkin's Presidential campaign and whose wife was or is a Democratic operative, should acknowledge conservative distrust of the media and try to explain how the polls are shaped, skewed, weighted or not, and the general methodology.

Along the lines of the media's seeming outright contempt for voters, conservatives, and news consumers in general, we should look no further this morning than yesterday's media malpractice by the Washington Post, yet again involving poll data. . . . please click here for the rest of the post

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2. The Law Means Nothing
It is the law that sequestration will happen at the first of the year. It is the law. It is not a hypothetical scenario. As of right now, it is absolutely, positively the law. Defense contractors will be seriously impacted by the sequestration cuts. No one doubts this. It is the law.

It is also actually, absolutely, and positively the law that certain employers, including defense contractors, must warn employees of potential layoffs within sixty days of those layoffs. This is due to the Bill Clinton era WARN Act.

Because it is law that defense cuts will absolutely happen under present law within sixty days of the election, defense contractors must comply with the WARN Act and notify employees of potential layoffs.

But Lockheed Martin will not do this due to pressure from the White House. . . . please click here for the rest of the post

3. With Union Strike Threat Looming, ABC Vows Presidential Debate Coverage Won't Be Affected
While it's not like there are no other networks airing the presidential debates between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney, a union dispute may cause some minor technical difficulties of ABC's planned coverage of the debates. . . . please click here for the rest of the post

4. A Clash of Civilizations At Home And Abroad
It is a tired vignette, a cliche that is beyond parody.

The ostensibly elected president or senior cabinet official of some Third World pest hole takes to the rostrum at the United Nations to chastise the United States for its terrible record on human rights or its lack of respect. The State Department and the American left sagely nods its addled head and agrees. Yes. We have been very, very bad to [fill in your favorite oppressed group here]. Yes. We are racists and vile colonialists.

This week we saw it again but this time in was farcical and made dangerous by the actions of the current regime in the White House. . . . please click here for the rest of the post

5. A look at the horrific, graphic Univision Fast & Furious excerpt.
The below is not the entire Univision Operation Fast & Furious expose: it's merely about ten minutes of it. Ten very graphic, very infuriating, and very embarrassing ten minutes of it. Don't watch it if you have a physical/mental problem with seeing people being murdered on-screen, and for real . . . please click here for the rest of the post

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Sincerely yours,

Erick Erickson

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