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July 17, 2012
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16:52 // 2 years ago
June 10, 2012

The Obama “private sector” gaffe — is it as bad as it looks?

  • cause During a Friday press conference, President Obama used the phrase “the private sector is doing fine” in comparison to the quickly-shrinking public sector at the state level.
  • reaction The political press and many Republicans — specifically the Romney camp — saw this phrase as an obvious gaffe on the part of the president and leaped on it, making it a major issue.
  • response Obama’s senior advisor, David Axelrod, dodged deftly, bringing it back to the original point Obama was making. “It’s certainly doing better than the public sector,” he explained. source

» Was Obama’s point valid? It sounded like a pretty good gaffe to some, but Slate’s Dave Weigel thinks that the nuances of the point might’ve been lost on folks looking for a soundbite. As Weigel notes, the public sector at the state level has lost 600,000 jobs under Obama — which, by the way, the GOP is OK with, because they want to see the government shrink anyway. And as public sector and private sector unemployment are counted in the unemployment rate, it’s ultimately part of the reason the unemployment rate has stayed high. “It’s easier to pretend that the president doesn’t care about the private sector, and unemployment,” Weigel notes, “and hope that the media runs with the zinger instead of explaining some pretty rudimentary macroeconomics.”

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11:11 // 2 years ago
January 2, 2012
20:29 // 2 years ago
December 22, 2011
Adair [PolitiFact Editor Bill Adair] goes on for a while, but I don’t think he puts back many of the eggshell fragments. The issue, as everyone else sees it: “PolitiFact should verify actual facts, because God knows politicians make a lot of stuff up on the fly.” The issue as Adair sees it: “Shut up, critics of PolitiFact.”
David Weigel, PolitiFact Weirdly Unable to Discuss Facts (via brooklynmutt)

Personal opinion: It seems to us that the problem with this lie is that it’s a very much a matter of opinion, rather than one that can clearly be proven as a fact. As a result, that’s not very solid ground for a “Lie of the Year.” The danger that Politifact faces is one of being caught in the same kind of subjective muck that they were supposed to be above. They’re supposed to be an outlet that’s above this kind of echo chamber criticism, but instead they’re just getting sucked into it. Adair’s post on the matter today did him no favors. And we were largely willing to give them the benefit of the doubt two days ago.

(via brooklynmutt)

21:19 // 2 years ago
October 31, 2011

More on Herman Cain’s morning: Here’s what he faced before he got in the AEI thing this morning, via Dave Weigel. Nothing like a bunch of reporters hounding a scandal to make you feel better about yourself.

11:26 // 2 years ago
April 9, 2011
If the Republicans would have been blamed for a shutdown, it follows that they get credit for a shutdown being avoided.
Dave Weigel • Saying the winner of today’s budget situation is, of course, the GOP. However, he does it with a little snark in his headline: Boehner Wins, Austerity Wins, and the Social Conservatives Go Home With A ‘Participant’ Trophy.”
0:16 // 3 years ago
April 8, 2011
At the end of the process, if there is a deal, it’s likely that Democrats will trade even more cuts for the removal of the Planned Parenthood rider. That rider only cuts $300 million —Democrats could cut five to ten times as much.
Overall awesome guy Dave Weigel • Suggesting that protecting womens’ rights might mean another $1.5 to $3 billion in additional budget cuts. Dude’s chillin’ in the White House now.
20:15 // 3 years ago
March 8, 2011
We like Dave Weigel, but we’re not sure if we agree with this sentiment. See, the big difference for us is that O’Keefe’s results in the past have been spotty and selectively edited – which left just enough room for O’Keefe to hang himself - whereas the Walker thing was unedited and didn’t require any of that, a credit to the Buffalo Beast. If O’Keefe used methods that didn’t leave room for doubt, it’d be much easier to get behind this point. The fact that his group released the full video this time is probably smart. Agree? Disagree? (EDIT: Jeff Miller has a good point that we’ll concede.)

We like Dave Weigel, but we’re not sure if we agree with this sentiment. See, the big difference for us is that O’Keefe’s results in the past have been spotty and selectively edited – which left just enough room for O’Keefe to hang himself - whereas the Walker thing was unedited and didn’t require any of that, a credit to the Buffalo Beast. If O’Keefe used methods that didn’t leave room for doubt, it’d be much easier to get behind this point. The fact that his group released the full video this time is probably smart. Agree? Disagree? (EDIT: Jeff Miller has a good point that we’ll concede.)

19:10 // 3 years ago
January 24, 2011

On newsy stuff we like reading that has nothing to do with Tumblr

jeffmiller asks: What are your favorite (non-Tumblr) websites for news. (Or rather, what news websites do you read on a daily basis?)

» We say: Outside of our staple news sites (Reuters, CNN, the NYT and such), my personal favorite site is Mediaite, which I think strikes the perfect balance between news and commentary, and I can guarantee to generally have its finger on the pulse. (The aftertaste is also a little better than Politico, generally.) I also like a lot of The Atlantic’s stable, including The Atlantic Wire, which is a bit of an unsung hero among news commentary sites. I also greatly adore Hacker News, where you can usually find something generally awesome going on, be it a cool startup or interesting technical debate, and have been a faithful reader of Pitchfork, Slashdot and Fark since the late ’90s. Gawker Media’s stuff is staple food for me, and I’ve been a huge fan of Dave Weigel especially since he moved over to Slate. As for news outlets that never get their fair shake, the Christian Science Monitor always has stuff well-suited to SFB articles. And there’s a lot to like about The Awl. (It’s our Office Hours! Ask us stuff!)

22:11 // 3 years ago