“There’s nothing more frustrating than a last-minute rules change.
But that’s exactly what voters face after a three-judge panel at the Michigan Court of Appeals decided to overturn a lower court’s decision about how and when absentee votes should be counted.”
Actually, the rules have been in place for 66 years. One would think THAT is enough time to get your affairs in order to vote. The rules are the rules, and Act 116 of 1954, MCL 168.764a provides the rules for absentee voting, and specifically in Step 6: “The ballot must reach the clerk or an authorized assistant of the clerk before the close of the polls on election day. An absent voter ballot received by the clerk or assistant of the clerk after the close of the polls on election day will not be counted. “
The mistake in Sunday's Record Eagle was undoubtedly not purposeful, however ..
It is unnecessary to dig the hole any larger or deeper.
The Traverse City Record Eagle editors have been bombarded with negative FB posts, and probably filled in boxes since the posting of Sunday’s page three error. They have been accused of having an agenda that is anti gun, and purposefully going after the ‘headline readers;’ those folks who scan the newspaper and rarely read the content.
It was a doozy of a mistake, and likely one they painfully regret. And however unlikely it is that the newspaper would try such a thing purposefully (I am sure it was not intentional), it does underscore one aspect of today’s journalism.
The “shooter” key is used more frequently in the newspaper environment than the “backspace” key.
It is pre-programmed whenever there is a mass killing (unless abortion is involved) anywhere in the county. In the front page response to the mistake and its ‘notoriety’ the editors apparently cannot accept that their own perspective and that programming has not perhaps led to this unfortunate error. The image to the right suggests such an attitude.
Has storytelling become pre-programmed to present a specific perspective?
A terrible thing happened in Oklahoma on Saturday.
And a curious thing happened in Traverse City Michigan the next day. The local paper, often cited for its liberal leanings presented a distorted view of the tragedy that occurred October 24, 2015. The story was pre-programmed accurately for the newspaper outlet, but somewhere in the editorial process, a bit of Freudian process has emerged perhaps?
One should think that the picture above from the hometown paper is a curious thing to see in the hyperactive anti-gun atmosphere of mass media. Of course, a retraction has already been issued by the Traverse City Record Eagle.