December Surprise

I have written a number of times in the past that the media is often reluctant to publish potential issues about pending legislation that they support -- but, once the legislation is passed, the articles about problems with the legislation or potential unintended consequences soon come out, when it is too late to affect the legislative process.  My guess is that these media outlets want the legislation to pass, but they want to cover their butts in the future, so they can say "see, we discussed the potential downsides -- we are even-handed."

I don't know if this practice spills over from legislation to elections, but if it does, we should see the hard-hitting articles about Hillary Clinton sometime in December.


  1. mogden:

    I'll never forget the relentless drumbeat about horrible job losses, recession, etc. during the 1992 Clinton/Bush campaign. There was never a good word to be said about anything to do with the "George Bush " economy.

    Literally the day after the election, Dan Rather is shown walking through a sunlit forest with birds chirping as he talks about signs of a turnaround.

  2. marque2:

    I would say we see them Thursday November 10. We got the same when Obama was re-elected. After it was too late, all the bad stuff was written about.

  3. Mr. Generic:

    What we really need is for Chelsea to come clean and say out loud that the Clinton Foundation was a pay-for-play money laundering scheme. It looks like she's tried to do the right thing while Hillary was S.O.S. and her parents turned on her.

  4. SamWah:

    Yes, the US media is totally corrupt.

  5. John Moore:

    No, we won't. The media has no interest in "hard hitting" reporting about Democrats. They are totally in bed with them. There might be a bit more in December, because there will likely be less political news of interest in general. But any predictive model must include a media that is utterly corrupt and totally in the bag for Democrats.

  6. CapnRusty:

    If Hillary wins, you won't see another article about her that isn't written by White House minions.