Dueling tales about Bevin's wild ride: The man with one watch always knows the time. The man with two watches is never quite sure!
The famous old joke is called Goldberg's Law. It has now arrived in the Bluegrass State, thanks to yesterday's gubernatorial election.
At issue is the nature of Governor-elect Matt Bevin's ride. In this morning's editions, the New York Times and the Washington Post offer dueling descriptions.
In the Post, Aaron Blake told the story like this:
BLAKE (11/4/15): Bevin traveled the state in a gold Cadillac Escalade and ran as a self-funding businessman who couldn't be bought off. For these reasons and more, he drew repeated comparisons to Trump, one of the GOP presidential front-runners.We would have believed every word! Unfortunately, we had already read Sheryl Gay Stolberg's report in the Times:
STOLBERG (11/4/15): [Bevin] is an aggressive retail campaigner, and in recent weeks traveled Kentucky in a 2001 Chevrolet Suburban with more than 200,000 miles on it; on Tuesday, he turned up at two Chick-fil-A restaurants here in Louisville, shaking hands in a last-minute bid for votes.Whatever! In modern journalism, story is all! Why not watch Rachel Maddow tonight? You'll be able to learn about Candidate Bush's bird noises!
Bevan and his running mate are both Tea Party types and political outsiders. His running mate Jenean Hampton happens to be a black woman.ReplyDelete
The Times ties their election to the popularity of outsiders Trump and Carson. Conservatives claim that this election is part of a national trend, whereby Republicans are being elected as a reaction against President Obama's bad leadership.
And this has what to do with Goldberg's Law, and the factually-dissonant descriptions from the Time and the Post regarding Bevan's mode of transportation?Delete
Matt Bevin ran, and won, on a pledge to dismantle Kynect and reverse the Medicaid expansion. He also says freedom of religion should relieve county clerks from the duty of issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples.Delete
Sounds like Bob is ruling out two different vehicles being used much as Republicans rule out a terrorist attack being motivated by a video.ReplyDelete
He is saying that the journalists involved both built a story around the type of vehicle they saw being used.Delete
I thought he was playing golf with his dog.Delete
No, that was a joke about throwing sticks at the Holy Trinity.Delete