Bedbugs, bad polls fill the void: What does the modern journalist do when it's late in August and the sharks aren't attacking swimmers often enough?
As you may have noticed, the modern journalist fills the void with various bedbug tales.
Here at this site, we're discussing the way the New York Times covers public schools. Over at Slate, Ashley Feinberg is offering a different type of press critique:
She's filing reports about the number of bedbugs (very few) found in the Times' Gotham headquarters.
Also at Slate, Ben Mathis-Lilley has filed a detailed report about who called whom a bedbug on-line and how each person reacted. Also, pretty much all around—bedbugs alleged at Doral!
Check out the highlighted offerings at Slate from 5:55 AM right on through noon today. Try not to miss this highly typical show-stopper:
STOYA * AUG. 28, 2019 * 5:55 amTo all appearances, these are the things the modern "news org" must do to get us liberal/progressive giants to click. Have you been to The Daily Beast lately?
My Girlfriend Won't Stop Talking About Other Men—During Sex With Me
When all else fails, the last resort—you talk and you talk and you talk about polls, no matter how transparently worthless the poll in question may be:
A few days ago, Monmouth was pimping exciting results of a poll which seemed to show that Candidate Biden had lost a whole lot of ground. Cable stars jumped on the thrilling news, even though the poll was based on 298 respondents.
We have no idea who's going to win the Democratic nomination. (We are willing to say that it seems like a very weak field.)
That said, we also have no idea why a polling organization even bothers reporting a survey with such a small N. Saddest of all is the fact that our desperately bored cable hordes were more than willing to thrash it.
Is it possible that we're describing a major anthropological problem? Compare, contrast and discuss! Then pray that the sharks bite again.
One last humanitarian plea: It isn't clear that any poll is worth discussing, except in the most cursory way, at this stage in the alleged Democratic race.
Having said that, we make our plea:
MSNBC bosses, please! Stop making Kornacki roll up his sleeves when he gets sent to "the big board!"