Wednesday, January 5, 2011

The Noise Machine (01/04/11)

Get it?


Former State Rep. Ellen Cohen running for City Council? Could be. The operative word is "running". Actually "winning" that right leaning district could be a task for someone as progressive as she.


We need more money for roads, but no one seems to know how to get it. No one in elected office that is....


Adventures in media identification:


1. Texas Watchdog: The Texas Public Policy Foundation as a "policy group". Which they are, but they should also be categorized as "conservative" (Which they DO classify the CATO institute as later in the article FWIW)


2. Texas Tribune: Progressive groups aren't but conservative groups are. Not that you expect much from news-ish organizations on matters like this, but at least the Dallas Morning News got it right in identifying it as a progressive coalition....


Speaking of CATO, here's their full write up on ObamaCare. You may disagree with CATO's politics, but their numbers are typically fairly sound on matters such as this. The thing is, the bill can be fixed, provided our politicians are willing widen free-market options through high-deductible plans and HSA's....


Captain D(roubi}'s? That's not world class.


I can think of worse campaigns than Parker vs. Bettencourt but not many.


And finally.....


BigJolly on the Republican House Speaker's Race. And again. It's good to see both sides of the argument, even if you are anti-Straus.

2 comments:

  1. ** The Texas Public Policy Foundation as a "policy group". Which they are, but they should also be categorized as "conservative" (Which they DO classify the CATO institute as later in the article FWIW) **

    Cato would probably self-identify as small-l libertarian moreso than conservative. Erratic day for Texas Watchdog with those two examples. They usually do better.

    My thought is that if a journalist is going to take the time to put a label on an organization, then it ought to be done consistently for ALL orgs, and they damn well ought to get it right. Or, simply use how the organization bills itself in such references. Or, don't do it at all.

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