Kerrey’s Race Resurrection: He can Thank the [Vince] Powers-that-Be or A True “Marquee Match of the Midlands…” Too Bad the OWH’s Always on the Wrong Side of History (& Politics) with Respect to Kerrey!

October 30, 2012


WASHINGTON, D.C. (exclusive) by Ivy Harper
The poor Omaha World-Herald. In 2010, for a full year they trumpeted a Terry-Tom White “Marquee Match of the Midlands” when it wasn’t.
Now, when the Kerrey-Fischer race really is, they’re playing down the race because they’ve been SO WRONG on its outcome.
Clearly, currently the soon-to-be-chagrined OWH is trying to figure out how to spin the fall-out that’s going to inevitably occur when Senator Fischer loses the race and Bob Kerrey’s third Senate try is a charm.
Ya gotta love a state-wide Paper whose political coverage is so far off-the-accurate-mark that Nebraskans would be better served to simply stop subscriptions.
Boycott the World-Herald until they get some new political management. It’s not just the OWH’s horrible handling of Kerrey’s run but it’s also the OWH crucifying almost-OPS head Nancy Sebring.
Again, in any other corporate or non-profit arena, the OWH top brass would have been justly removed by now.
Why should out-there newspaper management/managing editor decisions not be subject to traditional work-place shake-ups?
What the Omaha World-Herald did to Nancy Sebring borders on the criminal, in my mind. The OWH – literally – wrecked the rest of her life. And for what? Bottom line: to sell some extra newspapers. There was simply no reason to print Sebring’s emails in the detailed form that they did.
In essence, it amounted to finding someone’s diary when that diary was – let’s say, stolen, from a home – and the person [in this case, the OWH] believes that it’s somehow legal to print each and every comment in the diary because the diary’s genesis was untoward?
No. The answer is NO. The OWH should never have published Sebring’s emails in the graphic detail they did. Sebring writing them on a public computer system does not give whoever finds the diary free license to nationally publish what was in the diary to mix the comparisons. And NO amount of OWH Mike Reilly & C. David Kotok oh-so-righteous justification of the OWH heinous treatment of Sebring can justify it.
Latest national poll: Fischer-Kerrey Senate race still tight
By Paul Goodsell

Click here to view The World-Herald’s 2012 Election Guide.


A new poll released Monday in Nebraska’s Senate race says that Republican Deb Fischer leads Democrat Bob Kerrey by 2.7 percentage points.

Pharos Research Group surveyed 761 likely voters in a live telephone poll Oct. 26-28. The polling company said its latest survey included a higher percentage of Republicans than an earlier poll it conducted Oct. 19-21.

Critics had said the earlier poll, which showed Fischer with a 2.4-point lead, didn’t include enough Republicans and oversampled independents, compared with the state’s actual voter registrations. Pharos had acknowledged those shortcomings as well and adjusted its voter turnout model for the new poll.

For example, Republicans accounted for 46.9 percent of those in the latest survey, compared with 48 percent of all Nebraska voters and just 42.9 percent of those polled a week earlier.

The firm’s latest survey shows Republican nominee Mitt Romney with nearly twice as large a lead over President Barack Obama. Romney was up 19.3 points, 58.1 percent to 38.8 percent. A week earlier, in the Pharos poll with fewer Republicans, Romney’s lead was less than 10 points.

In the Senate race, however, the extra GOP weighting didn’t change the results much. Fischer had 49.7 percent in the new poll, compared with Kerrey’s 47 percent. A week earlier, Fischer had 48.4 percent and Kerrey had 46 percent.

For both polls, the margin of error was plus or minus 3.5 percentage points.

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