A fat cat Democrat politician came to the voters of Wisconsin as the voice of the people. She spent $5 million of her own money. She lost to tax-cutter, union-buster Scott Walker. She lost by 57% to 43%.
Yet during the race, the media reported this as a tight horse race.
The race this year was the toughest of Walker’s long political career. Polls showed it was deadlocked for months, even as Walker and Burke and their backers flooded the airwaves with attack ads to influence a sliver of undecided voters and motivate partisans to show up.
So, Walker won, based on “a sliver of undecided voters.” Big sliver.
The media’s job is to get readers and viewers. To do this, it reports obvious routs in progress as tight races. It does this every two years. “It’s nip and tick!” Then on election night, we learn the truth. It was a rout.
The public is entertained. We live in a society that is addicted to entertainment.