FRONT PAGE CONTRIBUTOR
You aren’t supposed to know Mary Landrieu is in trouble
Mary Landrieu has a big problem right now. She’s now, on multiple occasions, doubled down on Obamacare and is actually saying she’d vote for it again. No one tell Landrieu she’s running for re-election in a red state with a very low favorability rating for the president, because I’m not sure she would know how to handle it. The doubling-down is not unexpected, but the insistence that she is not only in favor of the disastrous law, but would gladly sell Louisiana out to pass it again is mind-boggling. Who are her advisers and are they still on their meds?
You and I know all this to be true. But, the NOLA Media Group, which among other things runs the Times-Picayune of New Orleans, doesn’t want folks to know. That’s why a story mostly about the 2014 senate race in the state they reside in has Hillary Clinton’s odds of beating Bobby Jindal in the headline.
Conservative poll: Hillary Clinton would beat Bobby Jindal in La. presidential race
Just take a moment to absorb that. Then read on.
WASHINGTON — There are three new partisan polls out for Louisiana, with some interesting nuggets.
For example, the Harper Polling/Conservative Intel poll of 596 Louisiana voters asked about a potential 2016 presidential race between Republican Gov. Bobby Jindaland former Secretary of State, senator and First Lady, Hillary Clinton. It says that Democrat Clinton wins that race in Red State Louisiana by a 44-42 margin, though that’s well within the poll’s 4.01 percent margin of error.
That poll says Jindal is viewed favorably by 35 percent of state voters, while 51 percent have an unfavorable view. Another poll released this week, by OnMessage Inc., Jindal’s political consulting firm, put the governor’s favorable rating much higher, at 50 percent.
After that lede and the subsequent two paragraphs, then you get to the (much larger) part of the story that explains just how close the race for the senate seat really is. It’s a toss-up now between Mary Landrieu (D) and Bill Cassidy (R). Keep in mind Cassidy is not well-known in the state outside of his district (according to all the polls) and you suddenly see how much trouble Landrieu really is in. But don’t hold your breath for the media, even inside the red state of Louisiana, to tell you that.
Now, I am sure the writer will say that the governor of Louisiana and the race for the presidency of the United States are more important, and that’s a fine justification, but in journalism, you are supposed to focus on the immediate, breaking news, and of the two items, the senate race is a lot more looming than the presidential race. So, you lead with that. Of course, journalism as it is taught and journalism as it is practiced have become two wholly different beasts.
Overall, it plays into a larger, nationwide narrative of making the Republicans look weaker than they really are. Don’t let the masses know just how much momentum they have going into 2014, lest the people believe it. The media has a direct impact on voting practices and they know it. If they can make the political landscape look like the status quo, then people will maintain for the status quo. But, it certainly is not like that here in Louisiana, nor is it like that in the rest of the country.