Wednesday, August 27, 2014

US History 1973 - 2014 Commonplace Book: Lecture 23, American Politics, 1999 - 2001 (Especially Florida, 2000) (Con't)

On taxes, on education, it was the same. On Social Security, Bush's position was exactly what Reagan always wanted and talked about in the 1970s. I just cant think of any major policy issue on which Bush was different.

— Martin Anderson (aid to Reagan)
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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

US History 1973 - 2014 Commonplace Book: Lecture 23, American Politics, 1999 - 2001 (Especially Florida, 2000) (Con't)

Although we may never know with complete certainty the identity of the winner of this year's Presidential election, the identity of the loser is perfectly clear. It is the Nation's confidence in the judge as an impartial guardian of the rule of law.

—Justice John Paul Stevens, dissenting opinion in Bush v Gore
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Monday, August 25, 2014

US History 1973 - 2014 Commonplace Book: Lecture 23, American Politics, 1999 - 2001 (Especially Florida, 2000) (Con't)

Our consideration is limited to the present circumstances, for the problem of equal protection in election processes generally presents many complexities.

—Unsigned per curiam majority decision in Bush v. Gore
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Sunday, August 24, 2014

US History 1973 - 2014 Commonplace Book: Lecture 23, American Politics, 1999 - 2001 (Especially Florida, 2000)

Somewhere along the line the dominant political reporters for the most dominant news organizations decided that they didn't like [Gore], and they thought the story line on any given day was bout his being a phony or a liar or a waffler.

—Mark Halperin, Political Director of NBC News
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Saturday, August 23, 2014

US History 1973 - 2014 Commonplace Book: Lecture 22, Two Big Trends: Immigration & Demographic Change & The Rise of the Conservative Counter-Instiutions (Con't)

Public perception of a biased news media, particularly media biased in a liberal direction, has increased over the past 3 presidential elections. To examine what might be influencing this public opinion, the authors look at shifts in public perception of media bias, press coverage of the topic of media bias, and the balance in valence coverage of presidential candidates—all during the 1988, 1992, and 1996 presidential elections. Their results suggest that the rise in public perception that news media are liberally biased is not the result of bias in valence news coverage of the candidates, but, rather, due to increasing news self-coverage that focuses on the general topic of bias in news content. Furthermore, the increased claims of media bias come primarily from conservative elites who have proclaimed a liberal bias that is viewed as including the entire media industry.

— Abstract for Mark D. Watts, et. al., "Elite Cues and Media Bias in Presidential Campaigns: Explaining Public Perceptions of a Liberal Press", Communication Research, April 1999 (vol. 26 no. 2 144-175)
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Friday, August 22, 2014

US History 1973 - 2014 Commonplace Book: Lecture 22, Two Big Trends: Immigration & Demographic Change & The Rise of the Conservative Counter-Instiutions (Con't)

The conservative press is self-consciously conservative and self-consciously part of the team. The liberal press is much larger, but at the same time it sees itself as the establishment press. So it's conflicted. Sometimes it thinks it needs to be critical of both sides.

—Grover Norquist
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Thursday, August 21, 2014

US History 1973 - 2014 Commonplace Book: Lecture 22, Two Big Trends: Immigration & Demographic Change & The Rise of the Conservative Counter-Instiutions (Con't)

I've gotten balanced coverage, and broad coverage--all we could have asked. For heaven sakes, we kid about the 'liberal media,' but every Republican on earth does that.

—Pat Buchanan (1996)
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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

US History 1973 - 2014 Commonplace Book: Lecture 22, Two Big Trends: Immigration & Demographic Change & The Rise of the Conservative Counter-Instiutions (Con't)

There is some strategy to it [bashing the 'liberal' media]. ... if you watch any great coach, what they try to do is 'work the refs.' Maybe the ref will cut you a little slack on the next one.

—Republican Party Chairman Rich Bond (1992)
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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

US History 1973 - 2014 Commonplace Book: Lecture 22, Two Big Trends: Immigration & Demographic Change & The Rise of the Conservative Counter-Instiutions (Con't)

Our own country is undergoing the greatest invasion in its history, a migration of millions of illegal aliens yearly from Mexico... A nation that cannot control its own borders can scarcely call itself a state any longer.

—Pat Buchanan (1992)
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Monday, August 18, 2014

US History 1973 - 2014 Commonplace Book: Lecture 22, Two Big Trends: Immigration & Demographic Change & The Rise of the Conservative Counter-Instiutions (Con't)

This bill that we will sign today is not a revolutionary bill. It does not affect the lives of millions. It will not reshape the structure of our daily lives, or really add importantly to either our wealth or our power. Yet it is still one of the most important acts of this Congress and of this administration. For it does repair a very deep and painful flaw in the fabric of American justice. It corrects a cruel and enduring wrong in the conduct of the American Nation.

—Lyndon Johnson, Remarks at the Signing of the Immigration Bill, Liberty Island, New York, October 3, 1965
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