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Broken Record


By all accounts, it's been one long campaign season - and it's not over yet.


With a response from Paris Hilton hitting the web in reaction to the now-infamous ad for Sen. John McCain that featured her, it seems there's a lot of grasping at straws happening to make some news.

So it should come as no surprise that recent reporting by Patchwork Nation finds that if you're having election fatigue, you're hardly alone.


We're partnering with blogger Dante Chinni to bring some of the relevant issues that he's seeing in 11 target communities to light. Here are some quick excerpts from his most recent post:


Carter Hendricks, our blogger in Hopkinsville, Ky. (our "Military Bastion" type of community), says he hasn't bothered to blog lately because there is little to no talk about the campaign. His hometown paper on Wednesday ran one wire story on McCain and farm legislation. Agriculture is a big issue in the rural area.


Even in Philadelphia - a big city in a contested state (and our "Industrial Metropolis") - the 2008 campaign could not crack the front page Wednesday. Local politics and crime led the coverage.


Those stories and news choices reveal a gap between the perceived campaign inside the Beltway - a 24-hour show - and the real campaign as it is experienced in most of the United States - an intermittent curiosity before the fall season.


Check out Patchwork Nation to read the full post and see what people are thinking in communities like yours about a range of issues.









1 Comments

Byron Henderson said:

It won't be too long before we have to retire the expression "broken record."

As the age of analog music fades into history, few people will even have a sense of what it means.

Just an observation.


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