June 08, 2012
NYC Letter: Got That Wrong -- Rachel Maddow
Day 1,231 of CHOPE
D-minus 225 Days
If you are not a liberal, then you are not as smart as a smart liberal. We know this because liberals tell us. Science tells us. Everything points to this truth -- except actual displays of superior liberal smartness (or this or this or this). To wit.
Politics aside, most people over the age of eight can tell time from a clock face. Make that a digital clock and three-year-olds join the club. Yet. [Excruciating pause.] Watch the video here.
Here is what Rachel Maddow said:
[On-screen clock reads "9:50 p.m. EST".] The polls in Wisconsin and the governor recall, in the governor's recall race have been closed for just under an hour. Up until this point NBC News has been characterizing the race as too close to call, but NBC News is now prepared to change its projection. NBC News is projecting Governor Scott Walker of Wisconsin has survived the recall challenge.
And this after Tom Barrett conceded some two and a half hours later:
We all thought it was going to be a long night. And we were prepared for it, We were ready! I had chocolate for dinner! OK. Possible all-nighter. Maybe even the Today Show tomorrow morning wouldn't be able to help you out with the results. Or maybe the recall of Governor Scott Walker would actually be decided in a matter of 49 minutes. Forty-nine minutes. Forty-nine minutes after the polls closed in Wisconsin, NBC News declared Scott Walker the projected winner in the Wisconsin governor recall. It did not even take an hour.
OK. Wisconsin is in the Central Time Zone. New York, where Ms. Maddow broadcast her coverage, is in the Eastern Time Zone. Central Time is an hour behind Eastern Time, so when it is, oh say, 9:50P in New York, it is 8:50P in Wisconsin. NBC News projected Scott Walker the winner 10 minutes before the polls in Wisconsin closed, not forty-nine minutes after they closed.
Ann Althouse live-blogged the recall where you can see the network winner projections and the left's rage and spin unfold in Central Time. Already at the 9:00P CT mark the Democratic Underground is frothing about the NBC call.
Her colleague Ed Schultz was simultaneously broadcasting from Milwaukee. His broadcast intercut with the other MSNBC coverage, but, apparently too distraught, he failed to notice his real-time distress had a forty-nine minute reprieve in Ms. Maddow's telling.
This is the big time, folks. These people are paid boatloads of money to display their razor smarts. They are supported by producers, writers, researchers, a news department, make-up artists, nosh trolleys, and armies of underpaid interns. Their profession is to be the smartest guys beamed into your living room. [Pause.] Just don't expect them to give you the time of day.
Confounding time and space!
Posted by Damian at June 8, 2012 06:00 AM
If you're so razor-smart yourself, Damian, why is it you don't know the difference between "then" and "than" in *the first friggin' sentence of your post*?
Glass houses and stones, pal.
I am so damn sick of you right-wing morons. Do you have *any idea* how badly the Republicans you keep voting into office are sodomizing the country? They don't care about you unless you make more than $250,000 a year. If you don't make that much, and you vote Republican, *you are a moron*, pure and simple. And I am tired of *you* sticking me with *your* crappy elected representatives.
Yup, liberals are smarter than you. Because they don't vote for people who turn right around and screw them over. That's what *your* *Republican* "elected Representatives" do. *All the time*.
Your first point is taken, BIFF, and the offending typo has been corrected. Thank you, BIFF.
BIFF, I believe Ms. Maddow would have the grace to acknowledge her mistake were she made aware of it. The typo in "*the first friggin' sentence*" of my post doesn't change her being wrong, but, BIFF, I take your miff to heart, because, BIFF, in this instance you are correct, which, one imagines, is something of a red letter day in your embarrassingly unhappy life.
BIFF, unlike Ms. Maddow my typo appeared only once. However, BIFF, my single error, like Ms. Maddow's repeated error, slipped through similar layers and layers of checkers. The blog producers, writers, researchers, news department, proofreaders, and our legions of underpaid interns have all been reprimanded. Some staff are scarred for life by the mortification. One producer simply went mad when the error was pointed out. The editor has taken early retirement. The proofreaders have been fired en masse. None of this, of course, can atone for the stomach-churning disgust you experienced at finding an error in "*the first friggin' sentence*" of the post.
Of course, BIFF, Ms. Maddow's error and mine are not of a kind. I am not being falsely modest, BIFF, in saying that Ms. Maddow has made the superior error. Judging by your anguish at my puny typo in a low-traffic blog, BIFF, I shudder to think of the splenic horrors Ms. Maddow's nationally broadcast errors have caused you.
BIFF, I sincerely hope with time -- and possibly counseling, or possibly a regimen of high colonics -- you can find the equanimity, nowhere in evidence here, that normal people possess when confronting something bigger than a typo.
Now, BIFF, as for the rest of your post, let's begin with the obvious. BIFF, you don't grasp oppositional politics. When you are stuck with "crappy elected representatives" not to your taste, BIFF, it is because your predilected candidates have lost the vote. They have lost the vote, BIFF, because not enough like-minded super creatures -- such as yourself -- can muster a majority. It's all so unfair, BIFF! Why can't you have everything your way, BIFF? Why, why, BIFF, cannot your single vote be a supermajority of one?
Here's a sad fact of life, BIFF, morbid infatuated crybabyitis has never elected a candidate nor advanced a cause nor won an argument.
Of course with only a typo supporting your high perch, you are not here to argue politics, BIFF. You are here to proselytize religion, your religion, BIFF, a religion of simple absolutes and pure-and-simples. Or perhaps, BIFF, you are here to put us to the sword. It's hard to tell, BIFF, from your spew.
And what's with the asterisks, BIFF? Are they meant to represent your temples popping, BIFF? Are they muscae volitantes racing across your inflamed eyeballs, BIFF? Are you having a seizure, BIFF?
Gee, thanks for dropping by, BIFF. It's not everyday a donkey -- such as yourself -- entertains us with a display of superior intellect.