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Massachusetts Liberal

Observations on politics, the media and life in Massachusetts and beyond from the left side of the road.

Sunday, January 31, 2010

There they go again

I know I'm starting to sound like a broken record, but I continue to be amazed at the insistence of the national media in drawing broad conclusions about the Massachusetts Senate race -- without spending any time on the ground here.

Today's New York Times features not one, but two stories talking about the GOP's potential resurgence based on Scott Brown's win over Martha Coakley. The story about a national resurgence is datelined Honolulu. The New England story is datelined Washington.

When I was trained as a young reporter I was told I should get out and talk to real people in the community to understand what's taking place. What I see here is echo chamber reporting, made even more egregious because these self-same experts didn't even see the the results coming.

And a case can be made that the Times' Adam Nagourney is guilty of seriously burying his lead. The premise of his piece is Democrats are vulnerable in part because of the Tea Party impact on Brown's last-minute surge. But Nagourney buries the words of Dick Armey.
“This is not a situation where the grass-roots activists are saying, ‘What can we do to make ourselves attractive to the Republicans?’ ” he said. “It is ‘What can we do to help the Republicans understand what they must do to be attractive to us.’"

Considering it was the grass-roots movement that helped lift Scott Brown to victory in the Massachusetts Senate race, losing that source of support would be a setback [GOP party chairman Michael] Steele presumably would not welcome at what would seem to be such an auspicious moment for his party.
Isn't that a direct contradiction of his lead?

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Blogger Readwriteblue said...

Your first mistake was to expect journalism from the New York Times. They gave that up years ago. Second most insiders are unable to see the Tea party as what it truly is, an expression of dissatisfaction with BOTH parties.

January 31, 2010 11:16 AM  

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