Good Morning, y’all.
1 Stating the obvious that a lot of people won’t have the integrity to admit is obvious. Roy Moore lost to Democrat Doug Jones in the special U.S. Senate election in super-conservative Alabama. This is solely because Moore, as Ethics Alarms discussed back in September, is such a horrible candidate that even Luther Strange, the corrupt Republican he replaces (appointed to fill Jeff Sessions’ seat) would be a better choice. But literally anyone would. Moore is among the few candidates on earth whom to block from a position of power I would vote for Hillary Clinton, Mitch McConnell, Nancy Pelosi or Donald Trump. We have a game at our house called “What candidate would make you vote for Roy Moore?” So far, he has beaten the shambling zombie of Richard Speck.
And Roy Moore lost by a little more than one percentage point in Alabama.
The news media is already spinning this as significant. Yes, it is significant: it means that about half of Alabama voters (and two-thirds of the whites who voted) are not up to the intellectual challenges of democracy, and the other half are at least able to recognize the unacceptable dangers of putting a cretinous, racist, homophobic theocrat in high elective office. Whoop-de-doo. It is not a “rejection of Steve Bannon.” It is not a “rebuke for Donald Trump,” either. CNN’s openly anti-Trump hack Jim Accosta on Twitter: “Source close to WH: “It’s devastating for the president… this is an earthquake… Virginia but on steroids… the president has egg on his face” because of Bannon.” Trump opposed Bannon, Coulter, Palin and the other hard right jerks by endorsing Strange. This loss is only “devastating” to Trump in the eyes of those who want everything to be devastating for Trump. Will journalists ever go back to realizing that quoting an anonymous source like that as news is completely unethical and undermines trust in reporters? I know Jim Accosta won’t. It’s also interesting how many news reports used that term “earthquake,” especially since it is usually reserved for shock election landslides and ideological upheaval. What a coincidence!
Where was I? Oh…right…
It does not mean that “Alabama has turned blue.” It means that there are some candidates so incompetent and untrustworthy, and who represent such an insult to voters, that they can’t win no matter who runs against them.
2. Polls? We don’t need no stinking polls! So both the poll that said Moore was way ahead and the one that said Jones was way ahead were wrong. The polls that said it would be close were right. Who needed a poll to tell them that? Fake research.
3. Why didn’t Trump didn’t collude with God to rig the election? Roy Moore refuses to concede, and says that “God is always in control.”
What an embarrassment to people of faith, Alabama, Republicans, conservatives, judges and homo sapiens he is!
4. Right again! I read analysts last night who were certain that Moore’s loss would propel the President into an angry tweetstorm. Here’s what he actually wrote:
“Congratulations to Doug Jones on a hard fought victory. The write-in votes played a very big factor, but a win is a win. The people of Alabama are great, and the Republicans will have another shot at this seat in a very short period of time. It never ends!”
5. CNN’s not even trying any more..From the transcript of last night’s election coverage on CNN:
10:18:15 PM Eastern
JOHN KING: So, if you’re in the Jones campaign a little while ago you were biting your nails, and now you’re saying okay this math could work for us but we’ll see. Now, I’m going to check when the panel gets on the board here, again 72 percent Jefferson County, we’ll keep an eye on the margin there.
[Noise off camera]
They’re getting excited across the room there which tends to happen on election night.
10:19:16 PM Eastern
WOLF BLITZER: Look at this! Wow, look at this.
KING: Just came in.
BLITZER: All of a sudden, Doug Jones is taking the lead.
[Hooting off camera]
KING: Hale County just came in, which puts him back in the lead.
Nice face-saving attempted cover by John King there, but he knows damn well that viewers never hear partisan cheering on the set during election coverage…that is, until now. This continued the ethics rot in broadcast election coverage that began last November, with alleged broadcast journalists weeping and openly mourning as Hillary Clinton got her well-deserved defeat. Last night, CNN showed that it’s culture is totally devoid of basic professionalism. An ethical news network would discipline every one of those “hooters” on its staff and apologize to its viewers publicly.
6. In related news... A new study of major broadcast coverage reveals that 90 percent of statements made by reporters and nonpartisan sources the last three months on ABC, NBC and CBS evening newscasts about the President and his administration were negative.
And that was without CNN.