Covering the Front and Back Pages of the Newspaper
August 15, 2008
Maybe I'm missing something. Wouldn't be the first time, of course:
Minority Americans have been flocking to the nation's "swing counties," hotly contested areas that could play a crucial role in this year's election.
They finally pinpointed something pertinent in the final sentence, although the entire story still doesn't make much sense. As Al Gore and John Kerry found out, losing an overwhelming majority of counties (we've all seen the red/blue county-by-county map, right?) means, well, nothing electorally. States matter. Electoral votes matter. If Sen. Obama can eek out some states that were red in '04, then he'll be our next president. Winning counties? Besides, is anyone out there willing to put money down that Obama will win NC or Florida? The red states have been the ones increasing their electoral tallies and the ones that are really in play are OH and VA. I know I certainly don't expect McCain to win Michigan. I'm sorry, I don't see the story or why a paper would devote space to something that is of zero importance.
That is, unless the story is a rebuttal to the county-by-county map that the right has pointed to for over seven years. Again, I admit that I'm probably missing something, but could there be any other logical reason that an editor gave the go-ahead on such a non-story, because Obama winning counties in Florida means jack squat if he wins Florida. Again, ask Citizen Gore.