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Sat Nov 3, 2012, 06:21 PM

Paul Krugman- Reporting that makes you stupid (media pushing 'race is tied' meme)

Today’s Financial Times bears a banner headline on p.1: “US election hangs on a knife edge”. Aside from everything else, surely this gets the cliche wrong: you rest on a knife edge, don’t you? If you try to hang on one, I think you just cut off your fingers.

More important, though, this headline deeply misleads readers about the state of the race — and in so doing, it echoes a lot of political reporting right now. Quite simply, many of the “analysis” articles being published in these final days leave readers worse informed than they were before reading.

As Nate Silver (who has lately attracted a remarkable amount of hate — welcome to my world, Nate!) clearly explains, state polling currently points overwhelmingly to an Obama victory. It’s possible that the polls are systematically biased — and this bias has to encompass almost all the polls, since even Rasmussen is now showing Ohio tied. So Romney might yet win. But a knife-edge this really isn’t, and any reporting suggesting that it is makes you stupider.

Worse yet, some reporting tells readers things the reporters have to know aren’t true. How many stories have you seen declaring that “both sides think they’re winning”? No, they don’t: the Romney campaign is visibly flailing, trying desperately to find new fronts on which to attack Obama. They clearly know that it will take a miracle — sorry, a last-minute surge — to prevail on Tuesday. It’s OK, I guess, to report campaign spin; but surely it’s not OK to report campaign spin as the truth, which is what these stories are doing.

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n2doc Nov 2012 OP
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Tennessee Gal Nov 2012 #2
Honeycombe8 Nov 2012 #3
libodem Nov 2012 #4
zbdent Nov 2012 #5
auto1969 Nov 2012 #6
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auto1969 Nov 2012 #11
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Response to n2doc (Original post)

Sat Nov 3, 2012, 06:24 PM

1. KNR..thank you, Paul Krugman! thanks n2doc

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Sat Nov 3, 2012, 06:24 PM

2. Krugman nails it! nt

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Response to n2doc (Original post)

Sat Nov 3, 2012, 06:29 PM

3. Well said. I get caught up in the hype, too, even though I look @ the polls daily.nt

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Sat Nov 3, 2012, 06:46 PM

4. Loved it!

Everything he said!
Lazy media is right. Campaigners know that if you send the article already written or recorded for consumption, all they have to do is get it to the news outlet. All the bias is blended in.

This tight race meme is to keep people consuming 24/7 cable, it happens to be what sells, not truth.
If ya say, the wankers have lost the whole thing already, the big babies cry liberal media and we feel sorry for them and stop telling, the truth and move the press further right to compensate for their lack of being able to see reality.

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Sat Nov 3, 2012, 07:16 PM

5. the media's hype of the race being "tied" reminds me of the old analogy ...

10 men without a cent to their names are standing on a corner. Bill Gates decides to stand with them. One man says to the other, "On average, we're all millionaires ..."

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Response to n2doc (Original post)

Sat Nov 3, 2012, 08:34 PM

6. Thanks DU is the only way I stay sane

New member but been visiting for years. If I didn't read my news here, I would have given up a long time ago. Awesome to get truthful news, polls, and reporting. I'm dying to be able to submit my 1st post. I need help with my insane, teabag, zealot sister in response to an email. Can't wait for your assistance.

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Response to auto1969 (Reply #6)

Sat Nov 3, 2012, 08:50 PM

7. Welcome!!

Yes, DU can be a very helpful & friendly place.

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Response to SkyDaddy7 (Reply #7)

Sat Nov 3, 2012, 09:54 PM

11. Thanks for the support

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Response to n2doc (Original post)

Sat Nov 3, 2012, 09:10 PM

8. Tied race and enthusiasm gap.

So tired of hearing the media repeat these falsehoods. Chuck Todd is on MSNBC right now hitting all the stupid notes that Krugman describes in this piece. After watching MSNBC all afternoon, Todd makes me change the channel.

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Response to n2doc (Original post)

Sat Nov 3, 2012, 09:14 PM

9. Mittmentum? No.

 

Mythmentum!

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Sat Nov 3, 2012, 09:15 PM

10. Love PK

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Sat Nov 3, 2012, 10:47 PM

12. k&r n/t

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Sun Nov 4, 2012, 01:21 AM

13. Yes. Very stupid indeed.

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Sound like you're full of shit? A certainty.

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Sun Nov 4, 2012, 11:27 AM

14. K & R !!!


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Sun Nov 4, 2012, 11:43 AM

15. Krugman nails it again.

The rare unbought voice in the MSM.

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