In this morning’s post, Leavenworth St. talked about the timing of some of the news, and how some are looking to make a direct affect on the politics of the day.
For instance, we now see that NBC knew about the Billy Bush video for some time — possibly 10 weeks — but held on to it so as to make the biggest splash before the debate.
But let us shift over to the coverage of local politics by the local news, to check their influence.
If you watched the 2nd District Congressional debate on Tuesday between Don Bacon and Brad Ashford, consider yourself among the wonkiest of the wonk political nerds of polinerdom.
It’s not necessarily a compliment.
It is not derogatory either.
The average long-time, high frequency voter doesn’t even watch this stuff — let alone the undecided voter. If someone hasn’t decided on the Congressional race, do you REALLY think they’re going to sit down and watch for an hour at 6pm on a Tuesday?
Anyway, the point is that most people — who want the news but aren’t going to sit through a 60 minute slog for Congress — are going to get their debate coverage from the local TV, drive-time radio and the newspaper.
So…about the local newspaper.
Let’s look at the OWH’s Robynn Tysver’s write-up of a few of the debate issues.
She wrote, generally, that it was an even split. Sort of summarizing answers.
Except when she decided to editorialize. She wrote…
“Ashford asked Bacon to name three things about which he disagreed with congressional Republicans. Bacon struggled, citing as one example his disagreement with Trump’s criticism of NATO.”
Well, those are two interesting points…except that she missed them both.
First, Bacon immediately rattled off his answer citing two specific instances. This isn’t an out-of-the-blue type question and Bacon clearly had an answer prepared. Watching it, he never “stumbled”. The suggestion does not make any sense.
But that’s what happens when you are a reporter projecting your thoughts on someone else’s response.
But about the question itself…
Ashford did NOT ask where Bacon disagree with “congressional Republicans.” How do we know that? BECAUSE THE DEBATE VIDEO IS STILL UP!
“Would you pick three Republican initiatives or issues where you would buck your party. Tell me what they are.”
Why is that key? Because after Bacon gave two examples — and then was interrupted — Ashford claimed these weren’t “Republican” positions.
Yet, Bacon cited the NATO position of the Republican Presidential nominee and he cited positions on Syria presented by many Republicans.
But Ashford didn’t like those positions. He said those were positions of GOP members of the House Armed Services Committee.
And when Bacon was allowed to finish his answer, he added another regarding immigration where he disagreed with Republicans.
So Ashford had weeks to prepare for his question to Bacon, but didn’t make it specific — and therefore didn’t like the answer to his own non-specific question.
And the OWH’s reporter jumped on that for the top of her article.
And oh hey, let’s look at the last point in the OWH article, about Bacon asking what Nebraska city was listed on an ISIS “hit list”. She wrote:
When asked after the debate where he got the information, Bacon noted that it came from a newspaper article published last year.
The Islamic State has distributed through social media a number of “hit lists” that purport to target military people and others for violence. The lists cover thousands of people and dozens of cities, and Bellevue was on one list.
Got that? “A newspaper article.”
That would be Tysver’s Omaha World-Herald.
Oh, and just for good measure, this issue was also covered by a local TV station.
You know, the TV station that co-hosted the debate.
Chip-chip-chip away. That’s how these things work.
The landslide bring you down
Noting this morning’s post again, it will be surprising if these latest allegations against Trump simply turn into some he-said-she-said type if situation. They will damage Trump’s chances, no matter what the situation.
And oh by the way, they are very likely not the last hits to come on Trump before the election.
So, here is a scenario:
What if, say a week before Election Day, it looks like Hillary will win in a landslide? Maybe a solid ten points or more. And everyone sees it, and gets sort of resigned to it.
What does that do to the Congressional races?
Conventional wisdom, from previous elections, is that Hillary’s coattails would bring her in new House members, and maybe even flip the Senate.
But remember that while many cite Trump’s divisiveness, Hillary’s unfavorables are also off the chart — a reason why she’s not “50 points ahead!”.
So if voters see that she is inevitable as the next President, long before Election Day, they may start thinking about a counter to her already. It did not take long for voters to give the House to Republicans after Bill Clinton was in office. And the same happened eventually happened with the Senate and Barack Obama. But what if they decide even sooner that Hillary needs a check and a balance?
Could it mean a much stronger showing in Congressional races — say like the 2nd District in Nebraska (and 3rd in Iowa)?
Not the craziest idea.
I’ll take your answers off the air.
More wiki-leaks stuff continues to hit. (Will ANYONE in government or politics use email anymore after this? Politicos are going to turn into Mafia Dons who only talk in hushed tones while strolling near sidestreet delis…)
Of local interest was the latest from Democrat adviser John Podesta, where he characterizes President Obama’s position on the issue as,
“I hate this chicken shit issue; now let me tell you what I think about the important issues of climate change and clean energy.”
And then in another one, Hillary purportedly was telling her private audiences that the Russians were supporting fake environmentalist groups, “to stand against any effort, oh that pipeline, that fracking, that whatever will be a problem for you…”
So the Russian zillionaires trying to damage American energy policy. Hmm.
There are people already starting to ask, since the death of Bold Nebraska’s chief funder Dick Holland, where Jane Kleeb’s now expanded org will be getting their funding…
Keep on keepin’ up