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Story Placement Bias

The lamestream media told you:

Saxby Chambliss won the run-off election for a Senate seat in Georgia, 58 to 42 against his Democrat competitor, making him the 41st Republican senator in the 2008 contest. This denies Democrats their highly desired Senate "supermajority," which would have let them run a liberal agenda virtually unrestricted. Republicans can now filibuster and interfere with the incoming administration.

The Uninvited Ombudsman notes however that:

With the national election results hanging in the balance nearly five weeks after the election, and the makeup of a liberal-fueled filibuster-proof Senate teetering on the brink, Gannett news media put this story on page 6 of its #2 rag, featuring instead the financial success of photo-radar speed traps and a change to asthma medicine that doesn't take effect for four weeks, on its front cover.

Cable news CNN ran the nation-changing story fourth the day after the election, behind auto makers who will be begging soon for taxpayer cash to salvage their poorly run businesses, a prison-plea request by disgraced suspected murderer O.J. Simpson, and an appointment to Obama's cabinet, who will have a diverse staff. This is known in "news" circles as getting your priorities straight.

Liberal financier George Soros reportedly poured a fortune into Georgia to get blacks out to vote, but the strategy failed. The recipients of Soros' money, mainly TV and radio stations but also all sorts of peripheral promotion outlets like print shops, telephone banks and PR firms were happy to receive the cash windfall, regardless of the failed outcome. Detailed reporting on who got Soros' millions did not appear.

Smart Americans on both sides of the aisle recognize the value of a divided government, preventing either side from forcing its will on the nation unopposed. Really smart Americans recognize that gridlock helps slow down government's encroachment on we the people in everything we do, and is a good thing.

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