Politics

Mark on April 29th, 2008

These are the headlines on four consecutive posts currently up at Taegan Goddard’s Political Wire: SurveyUSA: Clinton Pulls Closer in North Carolina Howey-Gauge Poll: Deadlocked in Indiana PPP Poll: Clinton Leads in Indiana Rasmussen: Obama Keeps Big Lead in North Carolina And some of you wonder why I continue to question media’s over-reliance on polls […]

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Mark on April 11th, 2008

We all know politicians have this rare inability to actually ‘fess up to bloops and blunders (as well as a built-in inability to speak the words “I am sorry”), but this, I think, tops anything I’ve ever heard. It’s from CBC. At one point on Thursday, Conservative Senator David Angus, who is the committee’s chair, […]

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Mark on February 28th, 2008

I’ve written somewhat disparagingly about polls and the media’s over-reliance on them as “news.” These three headlines (a bit of detail in brackets), all from today at Teagan Goddard’s Political Newswire, don’t deal directly with the media, but they do give you a pretty good idea of why I feel that way: IA Poll: Clinton […]

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Mark on March 9th, 2004

Interesting happenings in Madison, Wisconsin where a blogger is covering the local school elections

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Mark on March 4th, 2004

It’s not traditional journalism: no balance, some opinion, no overarching narrative. But it makes for a good read. The posts are short and they show what you can do by working the edges of the “big story.”

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Mark on February 10th, 2004

The Online Journalism Review has an interesting article on “watchblogs” — citizen bloggers who have adopted reporters covering the U.S. elections and dissecting their reporting in search of bias, bad reporting, etc. Some of these folks are driven by ideology; some — such as the Columbia Journalism Review’s Campaign Desk – are driven by a […]

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