Thursday, July 17, 2008

Manufacturing a Horse Race

posted by The Vidiot @ 11:46 AM Permalink

Fascinating. Look at that headline from my yahoo mail page. See? It says that even though Obama raised $52 million in June, he still trails McCain and the GOP. And even if you read the little paragraph they included, there's no indication as to WHY he trails McCain. So, I click over to the story and here's why he trails:
Last week, McCain reported raising more than $22 million in June, which was his best month of the year. Together, the McCain campaign and the Republican National Committee began July with about $95 million in the bank.

The reason for the discrepancy — greater fundraising by Obama and the DNC but less money in the bank than McCain and the GOP — is because until now the DNC had spent much of its money, leaving little cash on hand.
So, what we have here is a failure to communicate. Basically, there's less cash because the DNC has had to spend on a primary. The GOP primaries have been over for months. It doesn't really say that in the article though. Honestly, read the whole thing. It's either poorly written, poorly edited or both.

Journalism school: where idiots go to become bad communicators.

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