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Nov 12 2012

Rove vs Fox News on Ohio

One of the amusing things that happened on election night was Karl Rove arguing that Fox News had prematurely called Ohio for Obama. So Megyn Kelly marched back into the room where their experts were making such calls. The punchline: One of those experts was Michael Barone, who predicted a landslide for Romney.

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  1. 1
    Christoph Burschka

    Jon Stewart’s favorite moment (and mine) evidently was the line:

    Is this math that you do as a Republican to make yourself feel better?

  2. 2
    fifthdentist

    Christoph Burschka,
    In a just and sane world, Fox “news” would be required to abandon the deceptive “Fair and Balanced” tag line and replace it with “The Math You Do as a Republican to Make Yourself Feel Better.”

  3. 3
    Reginald Selkirk

    Don’t forget that Rove may be guilty of treason. Someone in the W White House committed treason for political advantage in the Valerie Plame case, and the most likely suspects are Rove and Cheney.

  4. 4
    marcus

    To tell you the truth I’m a little bit surprised that Faux Noise isn’t still calling the election for Romney.

  5. 5
    ArtK

    Tangentially related, I found this blog post today. The quote that, for me, summarizes the election and the GOP response:

    Republicans think they just haven’t explained the message. They don’t grasp that the message itself has lost its punch.

  6. 6
    Didaktylos

    The Republicans can’t seem to grasp that if you polish a turd, all you get is a turd with a layer of polish on it …

  7. 7
    LightningRose

    “The Simpsons” had a good take on the subject. :)

    http://www.joemygod.blogspot.com/2012/11/last-nights-simpsons-chalkboard-gag.html

  8. 8
    David C Brayton

    This is the first I heard that Barone was in the analysis room. But jesus, it that rich.

  9. 9
    Michael Heath

    marcus writes:

    To tell you the truth I’m a little bit surprised that Faux Noise isn’t still calling the election for Romney.

    I realize marcus is joking, but it does bring up an important pont.

    My reading of Mr. Aisles is that he perceives that Fox News is a more lucrative money machine when the GOP is the minority party. It’s easier to spread hate, fear, and falsehoods when the favored party is out of power. The opposition power by way of enjoying power also makes for a more target rich environment.

    Consider how they don’t have Speaker Nancy Pelosi to kick around any more. That makes for more entertaining TV then defending Speaker Boehner.

  10. 10
    Modusoperandi

    Michael Heath “Consider how they don’t have Speaker Nancy Pelosi to kick around any more.”
    Not that that stops them: 21 Jun 2012, 6 Aug 2012, 18 Aug 2012, 20 Sep 2012…

    “That makes for more entertaining TV then defending Speaker Boehner.”
    I take it you haven’t seen Fox’s Defending John Boehner. It’s like Survivor, but with no set, no challenges and no voting. It’s just sixty minutes of one Tribe race-, poor-, sex-, and most recently, workin poor- & middle class- baiting.
    Also, jokes about Al Gore, for some reason.

  11. 11
    tbp1

    @#1: Yes. I was amazed that any on-air talent on Fox News had the nerve to say that.

  12. 12
    richardelguru

    “on-air talent on Fox News”

    I realize that ‘on-air talent’ is a term of art in broadcasting, but that strikes me as really oxymoronic!

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