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Jay Lake
Date: 2009-02-08 08:35
Subject: [links] Link salad for a lazy Sunday
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Don't forget to put an entry into the new Green Amazon ]ARC contest [ jlake.com | LiveJournal ] — And yes, there will be goodies for the person whose nominee wins.

"I pay them to leave"Freakonomics on non-relational contracting. Interesting social dynamics there.

Climate Change May Reshuffle Western Weeds — Now even the flora are joining the liberal conspiracy. What's a good conservative to do?

More on Your Liberal Media — I know some of my contrarian and conservative readers simply don't buy that the media isn't liberal. That meme has been perhaps the most effective piece of conservative framing in the past forty years. Stories like this one are cracks in the facade, but sadly the people who read them most rarely do.

Ice cream flavors for our 43rd presidentThe Edge of the American West is very, very funny.

?otD: What is never never on a Sunday?

Body movement: n/a
This morning's weigh-in: n/a
Currently reading: The Confidence-Man: His Masquerade by Herman Melville

Originally published at jlake.com.

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Karen, aka Ana Lake, ska Aine inghean Cathal
User: summers_place
Date: 2009-02-08 18:54 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
AotD: the U.S. mail. Possibly due to expand to never never on some other day yet to be determined (at least for the duration of the current round of belt-tightening).
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User: mcjulie
Date: 2009-02-09 02:24 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
For what it's worth, I think some of the argument over whether the media is "liberal" or not comes from equivocation on the word. Al Franken's Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them had a conclusion -- based on an army of interns examining newspaper stories -- that newspapers were moderately liberal on social issues, moderately conservative on economic issues, and overwhelmingly anti-Gore and pro-Bush in their coverage during the 2000 election.

I think this pattern is consistent -- newspapers that are very negative toward Democratic politicians, at the same time generally supportive of their actual policies. Which leads to a weird voter disconnect, sometimes.
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Edward Greaves
User: temporus
Date: 2009-02-09 02:26 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
AotD: Labor Day. I mean, otherwise, how would we finagle a three day weekend out of it?
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User: lordofallfools
Date: 2009-02-09 12:41 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
In order to make an argument that the media is not liberal, you use Media Matters?

Dude. Source fault.
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2009-02-09 13:50 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Are the facts they discuss in question? The whole point of the media not being liberal is that the media doesn't report on its own illiberality. It's a neatly closed loop argument.
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User: lordofallfools
Date: 2009-02-09 15:30 (UTC)
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The question, here, is whether the source of the data is reliable. Boehlert is not reliable, IMO, because he's so obviously biased. He's like Fox News, or the Media Research Center.

Check his phrasing, and some of his links; he doesn't present data, he spins opinion.
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