December 12, 2005

Clueless in Cleveland (at the Plain Dealer)

Filed under: MSM Biz/Other Ignorance,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 1:01 pm

S.O.B. Alliance member Weapons of Mass Discussion (WoMD) notes that the Cleveland Plain Dealer (annoying request for zip code and date of birth required for full access) did a story on the feelings of a number of people about Paul “I’m Going Back to Iraq” Hackett and his Ohio US Senate run:

  • Anthony Kusich in San Francisco.
  • Bob Brigham in San Francisco, who is eminently qualified to comment because he “followed Hackett around southwest Ohio during the last week of Hackett’s congressional campaign.”
  • David Sirota, hunkering down in Montana.
  • Larry Sabato, director of the University of Virginia Center for Politics.
  • Just for variety, I guess, reporterette Elizabeth Auster went out and got a comment from the Democratic Chairman of Richland County. One would hope that it was Richland County, Ohio (the article didn’t say), but given the others who were interviewed, I would not be surprised if the guy was from Richland County South Carolina, Wisconsin, North Dakota, or Mr. Sirota’s state of Montana.
  • John Green, director of the Bliss Institute of Applied Politics at the University of Akron. Yeah, Akron’s in Ohio, but the Bliss Institute has to be on another planet to have produced pre-elections polls on Issues 2, 3, 4, and 5 that were off by as much as 28 points.
  • Jennifer Duffy, who analyzes Senate races for the Cook Political Report, based in Washington, DC.

WoMD detected a high baloney content in the piece, which is quite true. It’s too bad Ms. Auster went to all the trouble of interviewing so many “experts,” when she could have gotten all the baloney she needed for the article, and higher-quality baloney at that, from one homegrown source. :–>

Seriously, Cleveland PD, when are you going to do a story about what’s happening on the ground in Ohio politics?



  1. LOL… I prefer calling my work fois gras :-)

    Thanks for the mention. I must confess that when Brigham started taking credit for everything it stuck in my craw just a tad, but I got over it… hype is his game and he is a master. But… when Sherrod Brown starts taking credit for Hackett’s internet strategy then I’m really pissed.

    BTW, Hackett didn’t have an internet strategy. It was pure luck and a few opportunists trying to feed off the heat.

    Comment by Editor — December 12, 2005 @ 1:22 pm

  2. #1, Your last point is very ironic, and true.

    Comment by TBlumer — December 12, 2005 @ 1:28 pm

  3. mmmm, foie gras…

    Comment by Kevin Irwin — December 12, 2005 @ 2:22 pm

  4. What great writing!

    After running over a piece of metal the size of the USS Missouri and ripping my radiator to shreds, I needed a giggle. Thanks!

    Comment by Steven J. Kelso Sr. — December 12, 2005 @ 2:38 pm

  5. #4, Thanks. Posts like that are fun.

    Sorry to hear about the radiator.

    Comment by TBlumer — December 12, 2005 @ 2:43 pm

  6. Grassroots for Paul Hackett

    My favorite responses though come from a pair of the best right-of-center bloggers in the Buckeye state…

    Trackback by A Face Made 4 Radio, A Voice Made 4 the Internet — December 13, 2005 @ 11:23 am

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