Wednesday, May 11, 2005
Jim Lampley is a moron: If this is what we can expect from The Huffington Post, Arianna's new venture will be of little use besides pointing out how many in Hollywood are completely nuts.
At 5:00 p.m. Eastern time on Election Day, I checked the sportsbook odds in Las Vegas and via the offshore bookmakers to see the odds as of that moment on the Presidential election. John Kerry was a two-to-one favorite. You can look it up.
People who have lived in the sports world as I have, bettors in particular, have a feel for what I am about to say about this: these people are extremely scientific in their assessments. These people understand which information to trust and which indicators to consult in determining where to place a dividing line to influence bets, and they are not in the business of being completely wrong. Oddsmakers consulted exit polling and knew what it meant and acknowledged in their oddsmaking at that moment that John Kerry was winning the election.
And he most certainly was, at least if the votes had been fairly and legally counted. What happened instead was the biggest crime in the history of the nation, and the collective media silence which has followed is the greatest fourth-estate failure ever on our soil.
There's a term for this: Brain Damage. Seriously. How completely out of your mind do you have to be to believe this?
Byron York tries to explain reality to Lampley, but Lampley will have none of it.
Lampley would be advised to be thought a fool, rather than opening his mouth -- or blogging as the case may be ....