Wednesday, November 06, 2002

Media&Culture File from Slate
Bias or laziness? Seems to be a bit of the first and a lot of the second, mixed in with some sleepiness, says Mickey Kaus. To read the analysis of the major newspapers this morning you might have to do some digging to find out the GOP has taken unchecked command of two of the three branches of government. The Washington Post's David von Drehle, "Designated Overwriter," says that "the story of Election 2002, ultimately, seemed to be the continuing inability of either party to form a strong governing majority in a country almost perfectly divided between the two." And USA Today's Susan Page, Kaus says, "also keeps her seemingly pre-written 50-50 nut graf," which reads, "After an election season marked by billion-dollar spending and a barrage of TV ads, the nation remained almost evenly divided. Not even the threat of war or fears of a faltering economy could decisively break the deadlock in American politics." Says Kaus: "I guess nobody want to write a new nut graf at 2:00 in the morning. But that one doesn't seem to reflect what actually happened yesterday."

And today's discussion question: "Would 'deadlock' have been the theme if Democrats had gained four seats in the Senate?"
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