Tis the season to be greedy.
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One of the most maddening aspects ofAmerican media during any political campaign season is
our tendency to cover even the most serious legislative or societal news through the lens of how it might affect candidates'
election chances. This so-called "horse race" reporting usually comes at the expense of what actually happened, and how it
will affect people. It's easier and "sexier" -- although not particularly relevant -- to guess what might happen at the ballot
Never has this syndrome been on fuller display than in the coverage of yesterday's presidential signing of a bill extending
prescription drug coverage -- sort of -- to Medicare-eligible seniors and the disabled. The bill stinks to high heaven, but
all we could hear about was whether its passage would help George Bush in 2004. ...
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