Kornacki predicts next year: Let's take one last look at the data, gruesome though they may be.
These numbers are for the nation as a whole. These numbers are not for Chicago:
Average scores, American public schoolsThose are punishing achievement gaps on this, our most reliable test. But as we've noted during the week, you never see the underlying realities discussed on corporate liberal cable.
Grade 8 math, 2015 Naep
White students: 291.06
Black students: 259.85
Hispanic students: 269.47
Asian-American students: 305.37
Those are punishing achievement gaps. That said, it's obvious that nobody actually cares.
The interests of low-income kids are never discussed by our highest-paid liberal stars. Last night, we saw something else instead. We saw Chris Hayes offer this pair of teases:
HAYES (12/21/17): Still ahead, for the first time this cycle, I will speak the words, "if the election were held today." New polling shows Democrats in strong shape for the 2018 election. Steve Kornacki is here with the big board in tow.Say what? The elections in question will take place in November of next year. As Hayes noted, he was bringing Kornacki out for a really early assessment.
HAYES: Coming up, the really early polling shows dramatic swings in favor of the Democratic Party. Steve Kornacki is here for a really early 2018 breakdown, right after this break.
Might we offer an obvious point? Through no particular fault of his own, Kornacki wasn't able to predict last year's outcome in the last few days before the election. Why would you ask him to predict next year's elections, almost eleven months out?
The answer is obvious—tribal entertainment and pleasure. The numbers look good for Democrats now. So Kornacki was propped before "the big board," where he did his barker routine.
Almost surely, that barker routine isn't Kornacki's idea. We'll bet every dollar your grandmother owns that he has been instructed to perform the hunch-shouldered, fast-talking routine (always with his sleeves rolled up!) by his corporate owners.
Steve Kornacki is thoroughly competent. He wouldn't behave that way on his own. Still, that's what he does.
Kornacki proceeded to supply us with entertainment product. Especially with Donald J. Trump in charge, no one has the slightest idea what will happen next November, or if next November will even exist.
Still, the current numbers are pleasing. For that reason, they're tribally good.
We liberals receive entertainment product every night of the week; it's presented as if it were news. By way of contrast, the interests of low-income kids never get discussed.
Why do you think that is? What does that possibly say about us? What does it say about our team's profit-based corporate owners?
One last question. Why aren't you told how much these people are paid?