Sunday, January 30, 2005

MSNBC election day coverage

Heard snatch of coverage on MSNBC this morning (during a FoxNews commercial break) -- a female reporter was earnestly asking an expatriate voting official in Detroit about reports that some voters had complained that the polling seemed to be a last-minute thing and not very well organized.

Sheesh. Faint echoes of lame charges of "disenfranchisement" because of long lines during November's U.S. presidential election.

I didn't wait for his answer but switched back to FoxNews.

Proposed answer: "Yes, we were, frankly, unprepared for the massive turnout of Iraqi expatriates who wanted to vote in the first multiparty election in their country in fifty years!"

Let freedom ring!


Blogger Garry Wilmore said...

I also tuned in to MSNBC that day, for a total time of perhaps one minute. I don't remember whose face appeared on the screen, or the substance of what was said; but it was quite obvious that this person was far less excited about the election than were the folks at Fox News. The mainstream media crowd can always find the cloud around every silver lining, especially when Mr. Bush deserves any degree of credit for helping to create the silver lining in the first place.

It appears that the turnout was actually around 57% of eligible voters, rather than the 72% I heard at first, and which became the figure I mentioned in one of my posts. But still, that's pretty good, considering the situation in Iraq and the fact that we only had about a 60% turnout in the 2004 Presidential election.

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