Friday, December 23, 2016

Bad reporting continues

This is Joseph

This is . . . remarkable:
Indeed Carolina does so poorly on the measures of legal framework and voter registration, that on those indicators we rank alongside Iran and Venezuela. When it comes to the integrity of the voting district boundaries no country has ever received as low a score as the 7/100 North Carolina received. North Carolina is not only the worst state in the USA for unfair districting but the worst entity in the world ever analyzed by the Electoral Integrity Project.
Of course matters are not helped by this reporting from the Los Angeles Times:
After North Carolina lawmakers refused to repeal House Bill 2, the law that curbs legal protections for LGBT people and has cost the state millions of dollars in boycotts and lost jobs, Democrats and Republicans took to a predictable pattern: blaming each other for the unraveling of the deal. 
This is the lead sentence.  Just how does the opposition party factor into this in any sensible way?  Do the Republicans not currently have the Governor and a super-majority of seats in the legislature?  Have they not been willing to pass other laws on short notice

The Los Angeles Times then has this quote:
“It may have been doomed from the beginning,” said Michael Bitzer, a politics professor at Catawba College in Salisbury, N.C., who noted that many rural Republicans, who face re-election next year, would face outrage from their constituents if they repealed HB2. “It started off with both sides wanting a pound of flesh from the other side, and it just went downhill from there.”

Look, there is a lot of blame to give to Democrats, over a great many bad decisions that have been made in the past few decades.  But I am not sure how this works as the lead for the story -- the most important element of the story is that both sides blame each other?  Even the New York Times did better.  Clearly, if repealing HB2 had been a priority for the current administration then they could have done so, with no Democrat interference.  How does a "blame both sides" narrative work here?  One side could have done this repeal, all by themselves.  Sure, it is possible that the opposition was not helpful, but I find this sort of reporting very misleading.  Even when one side is shut out from power, it is blamed for not somehow not  . . . inspiring? . . . the governing party? 

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