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ABC News writer Michael Falcone's essay, "Will Mitt Romney Finally Get the Campaign Reset He’s Been Looking For?" wins my dumbest essay of the day award today.  After a pointless intro linking Mitt Romney's doctor's report to the candidate's most recent series of fuck-ups, Falcone turns to Romney's taxes, and gets deep into the stupid:

But the timing of Friday’s document release was no accident. Romney had long pledged to make his 2011 taxes public before the middle of October, but he and his campaign were unwilling to wait that long. That’s because, with a mere 45 days until the Nov. 6 election, Romney and his advisers are finally ready for the re-set that they have so desperately been seeking.


What does that even mean?  They've been desperately seeking re-set for a while now, but only now are they prepared to seek re-set?  Is Falcone having difficulties because he maybe first wrote this on an Etch-a-Sketch?  

Falcone then, a second time, goes over the recent events that have exposed Romney as an incompetent and a plutocrat (my words, not his).

Then this:

And as if to signal their readiness to move on, the campaign circulated statements from elected officials, including Sen. John McCain advising everyone to do just that.
As if Falcone wanted to signal his readiness to show the world how vacuous his 'analysis' really is, he wrote an article showing everybody just that.  Does ABC actually pay this guy?!

And next:

But earlier this week, Gillespie, the Romney adviser who also served in George W. Bush’s White House, said the campaign was still “very optimistic.” One reason: The Republicans are keeping President Obama and his allies on their toes in Wisconsin
where Obama leads in a recent poll by 5%.

Yes, Gillespie, very trustworthy, that guy, let's take his statement at face value and run with it.  Impeccable reasoning here.

Next Falcone notes that Obama leads Romney in swing-state polls, including in Ohio polls by 4-7%....

And it’s not just Ohio where the early fall polls are spelling trouble for Republicans.
He notes Obama also leads Romney by 8% in Iowa and in Colorado by..... 5%!

So, Romney is in 'trouble' in Colorado where Obama is up by 5%, and in Ohio by as little as 4%, but Romney is keeping Obama 'on his toes' in WI where polls show Obama up by 5%.

And that, folks, is today's corporate media steaming pile of dumb, courtesy ABC News.

Originally posted to Calvino Partigiani on Sat Sep 22, 2012 at 05:56 PM PDT.

Also republished by Media Whores Exposed.

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Comment Preferences

  •  They just write shit about half the time (6+ / 0-)

    or more.  with so much I read from analysts and pundits, regardless of subject or political orientation, my only reaction is that they are just writing some shit.

    Lately several times in reading "serious" analyses, I think back to the height of the Bush II years when the inanities or absurdities poured out daily and my only response was to laugh.  Not that I was in a laughing mood, but how else does one respond to absurdity.  The dangerous one made me angry and sometimes frustrated.

    I'm also really tired of reading a lot of disjointed, rambling news articles with no sense of logical organization and/or with ridiculous repetitious filler.

    Chief neoconservative/fundamentalist allied belief: All things are possible if only you lie.

    by blueoasis on Sat Sep 22, 2012 at 06:28:14 PM PDT

  •  Inept campaign attracts vacuous "analysis". (4+ / 0-)

    "We have created a Star Wars civilization, with Stone Age emotions, medieval institutions, and godlike technology."-Edward O. Wilson, in "The Social Conquest of Earth"

    by sparkysgal on Sat Sep 22, 2012 at 06:31:45 PM PDT

  •  When you don't have anything to say... (2+ / 0-)

    When you don't have anything worth saying just keep talking, and talking and.....well you get it.  It's section 2b of the big lie theory.  Just make shit up and keep making it up.

    A bad idea isn't responsible for those who believe it. ---Stephen Cannell

    by YellerDog on Sat Sep 22, 2012 at 07:15:56 PM PDT

  •  Part of it is the 24 hour news cycle (1+ / 0-)
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    Calvino Partigiani

    and part of it is the false equivalency crew. Republished to Media Whores Exposed, and I'm really happy this election season is giving us so much fodder for the group.

    Thanks for publishing this!

    -7.75, -8.10; All it takes is security in your own civil rights to make you complacent, and we are all Wisconsin.

    by Dave in Northridge on Sat Sep 22, 2012 at 08:01:51 PM PDT

  •  George Stephanopoulos said the race is "dead even" (1+ / 0-)
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    just the other night, then a minute later completely contradicted himself by saying that Obama has solid leads in key swing states, like Virginia and Ohio, and if he wins either of those it'll be tough for Romney to get to 270, and almost impossible if Obama wins both.

    Of course you also have Romney fluffer Diana Sawyer, and Jake Tapper, who recently told Laura Ingraham that the media helped "tip the scales" to Obama in '08, yet offered no examples to back up his claims.

    It's funny, I remember the exact opposite, both during the primaries and the presidential election, not just from the likes of CNN and the Associated Press, but Jake Tapper's fellow ABC hacks, Stephanopoulos and Charles Gibson:

    ABC's Debate Debacle:

    The ABC-sponsored Democratic debate in Philadelphia on April 16 emphasized trivial matters of little concern to voters, while the actual policy questions were often based on misleading right-wing spin.

    During the first half of the debate, ABC moderators George Stephanopoulos and Charles Gibson avoided any mention of policy issues. As the Los Angeles Times noted (4/17/08), "With the moderators and Clinton raising assorted questions about Obama's past for the first half of the debate, issues received relatively short shrift. Not until 50 minutes in was a policy issue-- Iraq--asked about by the moderators."

    The trivial line of questioning touched on well-worn campaign non-issues: Clinton's gaffe about Bosnia, Obama's recent characterizations about "bitter" small-town voters, the rhetoric of his former pastor Rev. Jeremiah Wright, and the fact that Obama rarely wears an American flag pin on his lapel. (This is not the first time ABC has seemed unusually interested in this distraction--see FAIR Media Advisory, 10/10/07.)

    Perhaps the most irrelevant line of questioning came when Stephanopoulos asked about Obama's contacts with University of Illinois at Chicago professor William Ayers, who was once a member of the radical Weather Underground group. Obama's "ties" to Ayers have been an obsession of Fox News host Sean Hannity, who reportedly pressed Stephanopoulos to ask about Ayers at the debate (, 4/17/08; MSNBC 4/16/08).

    Framing the question as a "follow up" on "the general theme of patriotism," Stephanopoulos challenged Obama to "explain to Democrats why it won't be a problem," given that Ayers had never apologized for the bombings the group carried out in the 1970s. "In fact," said Stephanopoulos, "on 9/11 he was quoted in the New York Times saying, 'I don't regret setting bombs; I feel we didn't do enough.'" (Actually, that quote appeared in the Times on September 11, 2001; it was not, as Stephanopoulos seemed to imply, made on the day of the attacks.)

    Journalists Slam ABC Debate Tactics

    The dumbest debate in America

    The hosts on last night's ABC Democratic debate were shameful.
    Media Matters:
    Media criticize ABC moderators for "flat-out repulsive" debate performances, "specious and gossipy" subject matter
  •  ABC News weren't always Republican hacks (1+ / 0-)
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  •  Networks need a horse race or they lose ad $ (0+ / 0-)

    So they'll make it look like a horse race, whether it is or not.

    Same with "news" magazines.

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