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February 04, 2004

Very good point made over at this blog here.

The post describes news coverage of yesterday's big primaries fiesta, and how the talking heads rambled on incessantly about who did well and how, and what this new landscape meant, and how Clark and Edwards were the guys to watch out for and Dean was like a big turd and so on. But mr. blogger notices that the news shows the total number of delegates each candidate has gotten so far-- which is probably the most important fact here-- for just a couple of seconds before they return to their random speculation and gossip. He said that he had to go look it up himself online to see it again. I did too, and even then, they don't make it easy for you.

Kerry- 262 delegates
Dean- 121 delegates
Edwards- 97 delegates
Clark- 80 delegates

Which means that for all the negative talk about Dean, he's actually in second place!!

And even this amount of information is fairly meaningless, as there're still dozens of primaries to go, and a candidate needs to get 2162 delegates to receive the official Democratic nomination.

In summation: thhpffft.


Oh yeah, the best news about yesterday's primaries is that Lieberman finally dropped out. Lieberman's "Yes Mr. President, Right Away Mr. President" platform, sermons about the evils of video games, and generally anti-Democratic message somehow failed to ignite the passions of Democrats. Man, I hate that guy.

Don't let the door hit your punk-ass on the way out, Joe.


Posted by Jake at 07:39 PM | TrackBack (0)

"Super delegates" is your answer. They can vote early and change their vote at any time. A few of them threw support to Dean early, but will likely change when he drops out. Incedentaly, Dean had more delegates after Iowa and New Hampshire, but the media still insisted that Kerry was the champ. Since no one wants to support a screaming loser, Dean's campaign halted overnight.

Posted by: Patrick at February 5, 2004 08:50 AM

Lieberman: a new kind of Democrat. Specifically, a Republican.

(with apologies to Ironic Times)

Posted by: Moniker at February 5, 2004 09:17 PM

Never underestimate the incompetence of the press. That, more than conspiracy, is the largest problem with today's press.

Posted by: Woody at February 6, 2004 10:03 AM

CNN is showing updated delegate counts on its election page: http://edition.cnn.com/ELECTION/2004/

Posted by: unloveable at February 7, 2004 04:54 AM
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Senate May Ram Copyright Bill- one of the most depressing stories of the day that didn't involve death or bombs. It's the music and movie industries' wet dream. It criminalizes peer-to-peer software makers, allows the government to file civil lawsuits on behalf of these media industries, and eliminates fair use. Fair use is the idea that I can use a snippet of a copyrighted work for educational, political, or satirical purposes, without getting permission from the copyright-holder first.

And most tellingly, the bill legalizes technology that would automatically skip over "obejctionable content" (i.e. sex and violence) in a DVD, but bans devices that would automatically skip over commericals. This is a blatant, blatant, blatant gift to the movie industry. Fuck the movie industry, fuck the music industry, fuck the Senate.

Music industry aims to send in radio cops- the recording industry says that you're not allowed to record songs off the radio, be it real radio or internet radio. And now they're working on preventing you from recording songs off internet radio through a mixture of law and technological repression (although I imagine their techno-fixes will get hacked pretty quickly).

The shocking truth about the FCC: Censorship by the tyranny of the few- blogger Jeff Jarvis discovers that the recent $1.2 million FCC fine against a sex scene in Fox's "Married By America" TV show was not levied because hundreds of people wrote the FCC and complained. It was not because 159 people wrote in and complained (which is the FCC's current rationale). No, thanks to Jarvis' FOIA request, we find that only 23 people (of the show's several million viewers) wrote in and complained. On top of that, he finds that 21 of those letters were just copy-and-paste email jobs that some people attached their names to. Jarvis then spins this a bit by saying that "only 3" people actually wrote letters to the FCC, which is misleading but technically true. So somewhere between 3 and 23 angry people can determine what you can't see on television. Good to know.

Reuters Union Considers Striking Over Layoffs- will a strike by such a major newswire service impact the rest of the world's media?

Pentagon Starts Work On War Internet- the US military is talking about the creation of a global, wireless, satellite-aided computer network for use in battle. I think I saw a movie about this once...

Conservative host returns to the air after week suspension for using racial slur- Houston radio talk show host (and somtime Rush Limbaugh substitute) Mark Belling referred to Mexican-Americans as "wetbacks" on his show. He was suspended for a couple of weeks, and then submitted a written apology for the racial slur to a local newspaper. But he seems to be using the slur and its surrounding controversy to boost his conservative cred with his listeners.

Stay Tuned for Nudes- Cleveland TV news anchor Sharon Reed aired a story about artist Spencer Tunick, who uses large numbers of naked volunteers in his installations and photographs. The news report will be unique in that it will not blur or black-out the usual naughty bits. The story will air late at night, when it's allegedly okay with the FCC if you broadcast "indecent" material. The author of this article doesn't seem to notice that Reed first claims that this report is a publicity stunt, but then claims it's a protest against FCC repression. I'd like to think it's the latter, but I'm not that much of a sucker.

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