Late night news reads: Open thread…Posted: February 22, 2012
Here are some quick news reads for you tonight. If you missed the debate, you can catch up on it here…
I just want to post some links, since it is so late we will make this a quick post.
EXCLUSIVE… BREAKING 3PM… The Academy Of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences has pulled actor Sacha Baron Cohen‘s tickets from the 84th Academy Awards. This means he is banned from attending the Oscars even though he is an Academy member and one of the stars from Hugo, Paramount’s 11-nominated movie and Best Picture contender. “Unless they’re assured that nothing entertaining is going to happen on the Red Carpet, the Academy is not admitting Sacha Baron Cohen to the show,” Paramount just told me. The reason is that a proposal reached the Academy for Baron Cohen to strut the Red Carpet in full costume as his title character in the upcoming Paramount comedy The Dictator. UPDATE AT 5:30 PM: Later today, faced with all the bad publicity resulting from its action, the Academy tried to parse what it did when questioned by some media outlets. But the fact is that, this morning, the Academy’s Managing Director Of Membership Kimberly Rouch phoned Paramont’s awards staff to say Baron Cohen’s tickets had been pulled unless he gives the Academy assurances ahead of time promising not to show up on the Red Carpet in costume and not to promote the movie on the Red Carpet. The Academy made it clear that, without those assurances, it would not issue him the tickets. So he’s banned.*
Make sure you go read the rest of the article…looks like Baron Cohen’s latest film is the source of the friction.
You may have seen those strange polling numbers on a recent CNN poll about Obama’s birth control mandate. ginandtacos.com » Blog Archive » STUPID QUESTION, STUPID ANSWER
Polling has gotten much more accurate in recent years, as the field that used to be an art is now a well understood science. By that I mean that we now have a good understanding of response effects, framing, and how to avoid poorly worded or leading questions. I’m hardly an authority on the subject, but I know enough to be staggered by just how terrible some survey questions from major polling outfits can be. This is compounded by the frustration of watching the media present endless public opinion data without the slightest understanding of what the numbers mean or how the questions can influence the results.
Consider the following question from a Feb. 10-13 CNN/Opinion Research poll (n=1,026 adults nationwide Â± 3, 228 Catholics Â± 6.5)
As you may know, the Obama administration has announced a new policy concerning health insurance plans provided by employers, including religious organizations, and how they handle birth control and contraceptive services for women. Based on what you have read or heard, do you approve or disapprove of this policy?
Compare this to two other pieces of information from the same poll. First, 81% of all respondents and 77% (!!!) of the Catholics disagree with the statement, “Using artificial means of birth control is wrong.” Furthermore, 88% (!!!!!!) of Catholics chose the latter option when asked, “Do you think Catholics should always obey official Church teachings on such moral issues as birth control and abortion, or do you think it is possible for Catholics to make up their own minds on these issues?” In light of this widespread support for contraceptive use, the results from the first question – 44% approve, 50% disapprove – appear way too low. It creates the impression that the White House’s new policy is quite unpopular.
I urge you to go to the link and read the rest of the Gin and Taco post. It goes into some detail…and actually makes a big point.
This next article for you tonight touches on the basics…Um, What’s a Brokered Convention?
There comes a point in every presidential election battle where political pundits and fanatical West Wing-watchers alike hold their breaths, click their heels, and wish upon an earmark that this will be the year of the brokered convention.
As the surety of Mitt Romney’s arranged marriage to the Republican Party steadily diminishes while other suitors pull ahead, the plausibility of a tussle in Tampa come convention-time in August has grown. Herewith, a look at the peculiar institution of the nomination convention, why all the talking heads are in a tizzy about a brokered instead of a fixed one, and what the odds are of a televised royal rumble this summer.
If you want a review of what is a brokered convention…skip on over to the link and read up.
Anyway, just a quick round-up for you…I wanted to post some information on the two journalist who were killed in Syria, but there is new information coming out, so I will wait until tomorrow’s evening reads to catch you up on the situation.
This is an open thread…