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Massachusetts Liberal

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Wednesday, January 27, 2010

It's always about us

There's an old joke in the newspaper business about what is now praised as hyperlocal coverage. It's exemplified in the gag headline: "Massachusetts man dies as world ends."

The Globe's Washington bureaus may need some fresh reminders about hyperlocalism as they offer up a State of the Union thumb sucker that offers up all the stales Beltway "wisdom" that Barack Obama has retooled his State of the Union message as a result of last week's special election.
Until Brown had so successfully tapped into voter angst over Obama’s health care overhaul, the president had been expected to make its passage a key point in the address. But with Brown’s victory last week and with efforts to rescue the initiative stalled and in danger of collapsing yesterday, the president was not expected to lay out any specific plan to jump-start the legislation, once his top domestic priority.
Maybe they should get out of Washington and come home a little more often. Or at least read their own paper.

The chattering class has been abuzz with the spin that the election of Sen.-elect Scott Brown is all about health care and tea party anger. An exit poll of Massachusetts voters clearly suggests the picture is far more complicated. But with perception being reality, we are stuck with the punditocracy peddling their spin.

You would think the hometown paper would do a better job of trying to separate the wheat from the chaff.

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Blogger Mark B. said...

From your "exit poll" link:

"...the vast majority of Brown voters who were polled say they are opposed to the health reform legislation..."

yeah, that supports the argument.

January 27, 2010 12:00 PM  

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