Maybe I just don’t understand the definition of “news.”
Main Entry: news
noun plural but singular in construction
1 a: a report of recent events
1 b: previously unknown information
2 a: material reported in a newspaper or news periodical or on a newscast
2 b: matter that is newsworthy
I think my problem is that I tend to expect the “news” to be skewed a lot more heavily towards being 1b and 2b above, rather than 1a and 2a. Clearly having expectations is my problem!
Analysis: Obama, McCain both have lobbyist ties
How astonishing in United States senators running for President. Really! (snork!)
During this campaign, lobbyists and trade groups donated $181,000 to McCain, while Obama received $6,000, according to the New York Times.
You know, $6,000 doesn’t look too shocking when it’s sitting next to $181,000.
In all, lobbyists reported contributions of $4.7 million to Democrats and $3.3 million to Republicans, the Times reported this week.
So are we supposed to adjust each candidate’s actual numbers by some kind of percentage based on party affiliation..? If not, I’m not clear on what that snippet is doing in this article at all, purportedly specifically targeting Obama and McCain as individuals.
Still, both candidates maintain they are above the influence of lobbyists.
$181,000 is being above the influence? $6,000, maybe, but–?
The senator from Illinois also has taken in $18.8 million from lawyers and law firms, according to estimates from the Center for Responsive Politics, and some of those firms employ lobbyists for special interest clients.
Gosh, this reminds me of studying logic in high school. Let’s see how it works out!
Obama = A
money = B
laywers and law firms = C
lobbyists = D
A takes B from C.
C gives B to D.
..um, there is no way to link A to D there..?
“People who are not directly registered as lobbyists but perhaps working for a company, maybe working for a company in a capacity that’s tangentially related to the government affairs, can give money,” said Lisa Lerer, who covers lobbying for Politico.
I work for a company in a capacity that’s tangentially related to government affairs. Oh, wow, I’m like a LOBBYIST!
The rest the article is much the same, a whole lot of confused and impossible-to-substantiate inferences that contradict each other, though it is hard to avoid that if either candidate IS somehow tied at the hip to the lobbyist racket, it ain’t Obama.
Do they seriously get paid for this crap? Like, more than minimum wage..? If so, I’m clearly in the wrong business.