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All News Is Bad News

By Matthew Yglesias on September 13, 2006 at 9:50 am

"All News Is Bad News"

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Obviously, it is the case that the folks tasked with trying to engineer a Democratic Senate were hoping to see Lincoln Chaffee lose his primary election, but it strikes me as a bit absurd to headline your Chaffee coverage “In Setback for Democrats, Incumbent Wins Republican Senate Primary” as if the main story in a Republican primary is the Democrats. The winner’s name somehow doesn’t even manage to make the headline. And so it goes with contemporary press coverage . . . essentially everything that happens in the world is, according to the press, a political win for the GOP and a setback for the Democrats.

In the real world, meanwhile, Chaffee’s position in the general election is hardly unassailable. If Harold Ford is really leading in Tennessee then you have to consider this a month wherein the Democratic outlook is quite good.

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