Timing! Always With The Timing!

Posted by: Jon Fine on February 22, 2008

Last Sunday I taped (webcammed? digitally-videoed?) this episode of bloggingheads.tv with Time.com’s Washington editor, Ana Marie Cox.

Among the many smart points she made was that, thus far in this election cycle, there has yet to be a Drudge-driven scandal, or scandalette:

I liked Ana's Drudge notion so much I essentially quoted her on it in my column this week, which I wrote on Monday.

So: yes, on Sunday, that was me saying there's been a scandal vacuum in the campaign. And, yes, I wrote my column on Monday, as in “just as the Obama 'just words' flap hit, and a couple of days before the New York Times dropped this piece on John McCain.”

This proves the ongoing correctness of one of Ana’s other points, that pundits have had a remarkable degree of wrongness when predicting outcomes this time around.

(I will once again reference my prior and present mea culpa on this topic, which can be found at the beginning of this column.)

Reader Comments

Don

February 22, 2008 4:44 PM

My only comment was that both pundits were seated in front of media storage shelving. It seems to contain some kind of semiotic power.

ben schwartz

February 23, 2008 7:46 PM

I agree, Don -- but what kind of media storage shelving is Fine sitting in front of? I see the CDs -- is that his legendary collection of Sondheim sheet music?

An interesting DRUDGE parallel to the current McCain story is that in both the Lewinsky and Iseman stories, two media giants (NEWSWEEK, NYT respectively) were working on the stories when DRUDGE and now THE NATIONAL REVIEW, forced the release of those stories by reporting that the they existed. Makes you wonder who actually drives these stories.

Ben

Don

February 26, 2008 4:07 PM

Ben, Don't you think it was a shame that Jon had a cold on his birthday? Let's meet up at his place and pound out some of that Sondheim on the Korg. Either way, I'm glad you sent me the link to this Facebook page.

Rishi Gajria

February 29, 2008 5:58 PM

Why dont you do another episode just about music. There is only one rock'n'roll show online and thats Sound Opinions by Chicago public radio. It would be nice if there was a music episode of bloggingheads every week.

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