This morning's front page... at long last...
"There is no such thing as not voting: you either vote by voting, or you vote by staying home and tacitly doubling the value of some diehard's vote."
~ David Foster Wallace, novelist, essayist, and short story writer (1962-2008).
Thanks to A.Word.A.Day for this quote.
The strange history of Americans voting for President
It's not what you think. And that isn't because of the Electoral College
The following, by Garrison Keillor, is from today's edition of his "Writer's Almanac."
Item immediately above, along with what's below before the cartoons, are from today's edition of Brian Stelter's "Reliable Sources" newsletter.
The ultimate test
The anchors, re: the marathon
>> "I play two songs frequently to get me in the mood, usually alternating. The first song is 'One Day More' from Les Misérables, the lyrics evoke many themes you hear a lot these days. After that high-minded way of setting the tone for me, I then blast the Ramones."
>> "Are we a divided nation? You bet we are," Lester Holt said to close "NBC Nightly News" Monday. "Angst, uncertainty and fear will do that. Rarely has an election ever been so personal for so many or the stakes so consequential. And now after all the passion and anger, the quiet power of voting will speak to and for our future..." (NBC)
>> "I'm excited," Dan Rather tweeted. "18 presidential election nights 'On Air.' (72 years. Maybe a record?) From a small radio station in rural Huntsville to here with all of you. The mind turns. Will this be my last? I hope not, but know it could be. It will be memorable. Thank you all for joining me..." (Twitter)
>> "I love my country. I know you watching this do, too. And I’m rooting for it,” Chris Hayes said to sign off his MSNBC show Monday night... (Twitter)
Meanwhile, a reality check on corporate Big Media...
>> Max Boot argues that the "real profiteers" of the Trump-era are the right-wing media figures and politicians "who swallowed their doubts about Trump and sang his praise in public because this was the way to higher ratings, page views or poll numbers..." (WaPo)
The ones in First Class survived when the Pandemic went down, too...
The Proud Boy