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Being Plutocratic

Remember when a political novice in South Carolina won the Democratic nomination for senator in that state in 2010, and practically everybody in the Democratic Party political establishment got their dandruff up, especially Rep. Jim Clyburn from S.C., who is in the Democratic Party hierarchy in the House of Representatives.  See our Almanac post about that event in the immediate aftermath, entitled "Jumping to Conclusions in Carolina."  Just about the entirety of the discussion about that primary election was whether there was some kind of voter fraud or vote tabulation error, so naturally when a non-establishment candidate wins an election, then all of sudden there is a discussion in the media about stolen elections and fraud.  Clyburn smugly questioned how someone like the particular black man that won the election, who incidentally didn't get Clyburn's blessing to run for statewide office in S.C., could get ahold of the $10,000 that was necessary to file for the …

The Media and Political Elections

We had wanted to write about Adam Smith's campaign finances today, but Commoner is having trouble getting onto the F.E.C. website at the moment, so the subject today is the media and the coming campaign for Congress in the 9th District.  Do not expect fairness in regards to challenger campaigns to Smith.  The Seattle Times in particular has a history of unfairness to candidates that don't have the backing of corporate paymasters or powerful political lobbies.  Some of the "alternative" media in the Seattle area are no better.  The mere backing of candidates by significant portions of the electorate, such as more than 90,000 votes for Mark Greene for Director of Elections, is of no significance to large portions of the media, and the power of these biased institutions to effect elections is still huge, but less so in the internet era.  People who still depend on the institutional media for most of their news should consider why omissions are made, such as the non-cov…