VIDEO LOSS

a kaleidoscope notebook about politics, the media, and culture
by tom bunting, a Real Journalist

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The Winners and Losers of the New York Times’ deeply silly endorsement

Who is up? Who is down? Our minds are broken!

The Winners and Losers of the New York Times’ deeply silly endorsement

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Who is up? Who is down? Our minds are broken!

Who is up? Who is down? Our minds are broken!

The Winners and Losers of the New York Times’ deeply silly endorsement

Who is up? Who is down? Our minds are broken!

The Winners and Losers of the New York Times’ deeply silly endorsement

The Winners and Losers of the New York Times’ deeply silly endorsement
The Winners and Losers of the New York Times’ deeply silly endorsement

Amy Klobuchar Says She Wants to Protect Obamacare—But Has Worked to Undermine It

Amy Klobuchar Says She Wants to Protect Obamacare—But Has Worked to Undermine It

Amy Klobuchar Says She Wants to Protect Obamacare—But Has Worked to Undermine It

Amy Klobuchar Says She Wants to Protect Obamacare—But Has Worked to Undermine It
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March 14, 2019 12:55 PM
Politics
Interesting background on Klobuchar’s relationship with the ACA.
A note on Video Loss and its recent political focus

A note on Video Loss and its recent political focus

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A note on Video Loss and its recent political focus

A note on Video Loss and its recent political focus

A note on Video Loss and its recent political focus
March 14, 2019 7:13 PM
Culture

Just wanted to take a quick second to clarify something about Video Loss and its recent output. I’ve been writing a lot about the 2020 election, often to the perceived detriment of other topics like media, culture, and technology.

While I will likely continue focusing on politics, especially in the lead up to the primary calendar, I do want to just say that I’ve been working on a number of bigger media and culture stories that should start hitting later this week. One media thing I’ve been working on in particular is a very large, ongoing project that I’m incredibly excited about.

As always, thanks for reading Video Loss. I’ve been feeling good about the amount of output over the last week or so, and just wanted to clarify my editorial intents.

A note on Video Loss and its recent political focus

Just wanted to take a quick second to clarify something about Video Loss and its recent output. I’ve been writing a lot about the 2020 election, often to the perceived detriment of other topics like media, culture, and technology.

While I will likely continue focusing on politics, especially in the lead up to the primary calendar, I do want to just say that I’ve been working on a number of bigger media and culture stories that should start hitting later this week. One media thing I’ve been working on in particular is a very large, ongoing project that I’m incredibly excited about.

As always, thanks for reading Video Loss. I’ve been feeling good about the amount of output over the last week or so, and just wanted to clarify my editorial intents.

A note on Video Loss and its recent political focus

Just wanted to take a quick second to clarify something about Video Loss and its recent output. I’ve been writing a lot about the 2020 election, often to the perceived detriment of other topics like media, culture, and technology.

While I will likely continue focusing on politics, especially in the lead up to the primary calendar, I do want to just say that I’ve been working on a number of bigger media and culture stories that should start hitting later this week. One media thing I’ve been working on in particular is a very large, ongoing project that I’m incredibly excited about.

As always, thanks for reading Video Loss. I’ve been feeling good about the amount of output over the last week or so, and just wanted to clarify my editorial intents.

John Lewis, Joaquin Castro, and 16 Other Dems Just Endorsed Joe Kennedy

John Lewis, Joaquin Castro, and 16 Other Dems Just Endorsed Joe Kennedy

John Lewis, Joaquin Castro, and 16 Other Dems Just Endorsed Joe Kennedy

John Lewis, Joaquin Castro, and 16 Other Dems Just Endorsed Joe Kennedy
Alyssa Vaughn/Boston Magazine
March 14, 2019 12:55 PM
Politics
A bizarre primary fight brewing in Massachusetts.
John Lewis, Joaquin Castro, and 16 Other Dems Just Endorsed Joe Kennedy

The unimaginably high stakes of New Hampshire and Iowa

The unimaginably high stakes of New Hampshire and Iowa

The unimaginably high stakes of New Hampshire and Iowa

“And if Biden does win the first two states, he’d be in a very strong position, with a 92 percent chance of winning the delegate majority and 95 percent chance of the plurality. On average in such scenarios, Biden would win 2,747 of the possible 3,979 delegates and 50 of the 57 nominating contests.”

FiveThirtyEight’s Nate Silver

Like I said earlier today, if Biden wins Iowa and New Hampshire, he’s probably going to win the primary. For Biden’s opponents, the stakes are so fucking high for these two states. I don’t think enough people realize this.

The unimaginably high stakes of New Hampshire and Iowa
March 14, 2019 12:55 PM
Politics
The unimaginably high stakes of New Hampshire and Iowa
The unimaginably high stakes of New Hampshire and Iowa

Elizabeth Warren’s Campaign Is Telling Key Supporters To De-Escalate From The Fight With Bernie Sanders

Elizabeth Warren’s Campaign Is Telling Key Supporters To De-Escalate From The Fight With Bernie Sanders

Elizabeth Warren’s Campaign Is Telling Key Supporters To De-Escalate From The Fight With Bernie Sanders

Elizabeth Warren’s Campaign Is Telling Key Supporters To De-Escalate From The Fight With Bernie Sanders
Ruby Cramer/Buzzfeed News
March 14, 2019 7:13 PM
Media
This is just so weird. I am so curious how this all started and who in Warren’s camp okay-ed it...
You know Joe Biden is (still) the front-runner, right?

Warring progressives risk ignoring the undeniable fact that this is still Biden’s race

You know Joe Biden is (still) the front-runner, right?

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Warring progressives risk ignoring the undeniable fact that this is still Biden’s race

Warring progressives risk ignoring the undeniable fact that this is still Biden’s race

You know Joe Biden is (still) the front-runner, right?

Warring progressives risk ignoring the undeniable fact that this is still Biden’s race

You know Joe Biden is (still) the front-runner, right?

You know Joe Biden is (still) the front-runner, right?
March 14, 2019 12:55 PM
Politics
You know Joe Biden is (still) the front-runner, right?
You know Joe Biden is (still) the front-runner, right?

Opinion | Elizabeth Warren Is the Democrats’ Unity Candidate

Opinion | Elizabeth Warren Is the Democrats’ Unity Candidate

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Opinion | Elizabeth Warren Is the Democrats’ Unity Candidate

Opinion | Elizabeth Warren Is the Democrats’ Unity Candidate

Opinion | Elizabeth Warren Is the Democrats’ Unity Candidate
March 14, 2019 7:13 PM
Media
Opinion | Elizabeth Warren Is the Democrats’ Unity Candidate
Opinion | Elizabeth Warren Is the Democrats’ Unity Candidate

G/O Media Workers Call on Owners to Replace CEO - WSJ

G/O Media Workers Call on Owners to Replace CEO - WSJ

G/O Media Workers Call on Owners to Replace CEO - WSJ

G/O Media Workers Call on Owners to Replace CEO - WSJ
By Benjamin Mullin/Ben Mullen
March 14, 2019 7:13 PM
Media
Another (brutal) escalation in the civil war at G/O Media.
G/O Media Workers Call on Owners to Replace CEO - WSJ
G/O Media Workers Call on Owners to Replace CEO - WSJ

Bernie Sanders told Elizabeth Warren in private 2018 meeting that a woman can't win, sources say

Bernie Sanders told Elizabeth Warren in private 2018 meeting that a woman can't win, sources say

Bernie Sanders told Elizabeth Warren in private 2018 meeting that a woman can't win, sources say

Bernie Sanders told Elizabeth Warren in private 2018 meeting that a woman can't win, sources say
MJ Lee/CNN
March 14, 2019 12:55 PM
Politics
Absolutely stunning leak from the Warren campaign. Hits Sanders right at his baggage from 2016. I guess the ceasefire is actually over.
Bernie Sanders told Elizabeth Warren in private 2018 meeting that a woman can't win, sources say

How Our Primary Model Works

How Our Primary Model Works

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How Our Primary Model Works

How Our Primary Model Works

How Our Primary Model Works
Nate Silver/538
March 14, 2019 7:13 PM
Media
Nate Silver: Bad pundit, still a fascinating numbers guy
How Our Primary Model Works
How Our Primary Model Works

A quick history of New York Times primary endorsements

A quick history of New York Times primary endorsements

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A quick history of New York Times primary endorsements

A quick history of New York Times primary endorsements

A quick history of New York Times primary endorsements
March 14, 2019 12:55 PM
Politics

The New York Times announced today that they will be revealing their Democratic primary endorsement on January 19th.

If you’re the kind of person who cares about such things, here’s a list of who the Times endorsed in the last two decades or so of Presidential primaries:

2016

Hillary Clinton for Democratic primary

John Kasich for Republican primary (lol)

2012

Nothing.

2008

Hillary Clinton for Democratic primary

John McCain for Republican primary

2004

John Kerry for Democratic primary

2000

Al Gore for Democratic primary

John McCain for Republican primary

It’ll probably be Warren or Biden this year, if I had to guess...

A quick history of New York Times primary endorsements

The New York Times announced today that they will be revealing their Democratic primary endorsement on January 19th.

If you’re the kind of person who cares about such things, here’s a list of who the Times endorsed in the last two decades or so of Presidential primaries:

2016

Hillary Clinton for Democratic primary

John Kasich for Republican primary (lol)

2012

Nothing.

2008

Hillary Clinton for Democratic primary

John McCain for Republican primary

2004

John Kerry for Democratic primary

2000

Al Gore for Democratic primary

John McCain for Republican primary

It’ll probably be Warren or Biden this year, if I had to guess...

A quick history of New York Times primary endorsements

The New York Times announced today that they will be revealing their Democratic primary endorsement on January 19th.

If you’re the kind of person who cares about such things, here’s a list of who the Times endorsed in the last two decades or so of Presidential primaries:

2016

Hillary Clinton for Democratic primary

John Kasich for Republican primary (lol)

2012

Nothing.

2008

Hillary Clinton for Democratic primary

John McCain for Republican primary

2004

John Kerry for Democratic primary

2000

Al Gore for Democratic primary

John McCain for Republican primary

It’ll probably be Warren or Biden this year, if I had to guess...

Surging Steyer qualifies for Democratic debate

Surging Steyer qualifies for Democratic debate

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Surging Steyer qualifies for Democratic debate

Surging Steyer qualifies for Democratic debate

Surging Steyer qualifies for Democratic debate
March 14, 2019 12:55 PM
Politics
Surging Steyer qualifies for Democratic debate
Surging Steyer qualifies for Democratic debate

State of the Race: The options are narrowing

The Democrats enter 2020 anxious and uncertain

State of the Race: The options are narrowing

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The Democrats enter 2020 anxious and uncertain

The Democrats enter 2020 anxious and uncertain

State of the Race: The options are narrowing

The Democrats enter 2020 anxious and uncertain

State of the Race: The options are narrowing

State of the Race: The options are narrowing
March 14, 2019 12:55 PM
Politics
State of the Race: The options are narrowing
State of the Race: The options are narrowing

Crisis in our Backyards

Crisis in our Backyards

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Crisis in our Backyards

Crisis in our Backyards

Crisis in our Backyards
March 14, 2019 7:13 PM
Media
Crisis in our Backyards
Crisis in our Backyards

Joe Biden squads up with James Polk and Rutherford Hayes, may only serve for one term

Joe Biden squads up with James Polk and Rutherford Hayes, may only serve for one term

Joe Biden squads up with James Polk and Rutherford Hayes, may only serve for one term

Joe Biden squads up with James Polk and Rutherford Hayes, may only serve for one term
March 14, 2019 12:55 PM
Politics

Joe Biden may only be planning to serve one term as President if elected, according to a new report from Ryan Lizza* published by Politico.

Four close Biden aides told Lizza that the candidate, who is currently 77, would not run for a second term. “If Biden is elected, he’s going to be 82 years old in four years and he won’t be running for reelection,” an unnamed senior advisor bluntly said.

The campaign is apparently debating whether to make Biden’s thinking on the matter public. Some in Bidenland believe that going clean could “offer [Biden] to the Democratic primary electorate as the candidate best suited to defeat Trump as well as the candidate who can usher into power the party’s fresh faces.” On the other hand, Biden’s age has continued to belie the otherwise solid front runner, an issue only heightened by Biden’s near-constant gaffes and verbal stumbles.

Biden has denied Lizza’s reporting, telling reporters in Nevada that “I don’t have plans on one term, I’m not even there yet.” Biden toyed with a similar pledge when debating a run in 2016.

The debate underlines a core truth about the Joe Biden candidacy: that he is an older politician pulled out of potential retirement by what he sees as the existential treat of Donald Trump. “Biden wouldn’t be running if it were President Jeb Bush or President Marco Rubio,” another political strategist told Lizza, “Is 81 years old too old to be president? Yes. Is an eighty-one year-old president standing for reelection likely to be successful? He is not. And is it the right thing to do for the country? No.”

Of course, a four year Presidency is likely to galvanize Republican opposition, a concept Biden naively grapples with on a good day. Why not just wait out the four years of Biden rule? A one-term pledge is also a campaign tactic with questionable historic success; we haven’t seen a President since Rutherford Hayes or James Polk successfully win after pledging only to serve one term. Jon McCain quickly abandoned the idea in 2008 after worrying it would draw attention to his age. Arthur Vandenberg ran for the Republican candidacy in 1940 while pledging to only serve for one term. He lost in the primary.

*It’s worth remembering: Ryan Lizza was fired from The New Yorker after an accusation of sexual misconduct. Lizza has denied the allegation.

Joe Biden squads up with James Polk and Rutherford Hayes, may only serve for one term

Joe Biden may only be planning to serve one term as President if elected, according to a new report from Ryan Lizza* published by Politico.

Four close Biden aides told Lizza that the candidate, who is currently 77, would not run for a second term. “If Biden is elected, he’s going to be 82 years old in four years and he won’t be running for reelection,” an unnamed senior advisor bluntly said.

The campaign is apparently debating whether to make Biden’s thinking on the matter public. Some in Bidenland believe that going clean could “offer [Biden] to the Democratic primary electorate as the candidate best suited to defeat Trump as well as the candidate who can usher into power the party’s fresh faces.” On the other hand, Biden’s age has continued to belie the otherwise solid front runner, an issue only heightened by Biden’s near-constant gaffes and verbal stumbles.

Biden has denied Lizza’s reporting, telling reporters in Nevada that “I don’t have plans on one term, I’m not even there yet.” Biden toyed with a similar pledge when debating a run in 2016.

The debate underlines a core truth about the Joe Biden candidacy: that he is an older politician pulled out of potential retirement by what he sees as the existential treat of Donald Trump. “Biden wouldn’t be running if it were President Jeb Bush or President Marco Rubio,” another political strategist told Lizza, “Is 81 years old too old to be president? Yes. Is an eighty-one year-old president standing for reelection likely to be successful? He is not. And is it the right thing to do for the country? No.”

Of course, a four year Presidency is likely to galvanize Republican opposition, a concept Biden naively grapples with on a good day. Why not just wait out the four years of Biden rule? A one-term pledge is also a campaign tactic with questionable historic success; we haven’t seen a President since Rutherford Hayes or James Polk successfully win after pledging only to serve one term. Jon McCain quickly abandoned the idea in 2008 after worrying it would draw attention to his age. Arthur Vandenberg ran for the Republican candidacy in 1940 while pledging to only serve for one term. He lost in the primary.

*It’s worth remembering: Ryan Lizza was fired from The New Yorker after an accusation of sexual misconduct. Lizza has denied the allegation.

Joe Biden squads up with James Polk and Rutherford Hayes, may only serve for one term

Joe Biden may only be planning to serve one term as President if elected, according to a new report from Ryan Lizza* published by Politico.

Four close Biden aides told Lizza that the candidate, who is currently 77, would not run for a second term. “If Biden is elected, he’s going to be 82 years old in four years and he won’t be running for reelection,” an unnamed senior advisor bluntly said.

The campaign is apparently debating whether to make Biden’s thinking on the matter public. Some in Bidenland believe that going clean could “offer [Biden] to the Democratic primary electorate as the candidate best suited to defeat Trump as well as the candidate who can usher into power the party’s fresh faces.” On the other hand, Biden’s age has continued to belie the otherwise solid front runner, an issue only heightened by Biden’s near-constant gaffes and verbal stumbles.

Biden has denied Lizza’s reporting, telling reporters in Nevada that “I don’t have plans on one term, I’m not even there yet.” Biden toyed with a similar pledge when debating a run in 2016.

The debate underlines a core truth about the Joe Biden candidacy: that he is an older politician pulled out of potential retirement by what he sees as the existential treat of Donald Trump. “Biden wouldn’t be running if it were President Jeb Bush or President Marco Rubio,” another political strategist told Lizza, “Is 81 years old too old to be president? Yes. Is an eighty-one year-old president standing for reelection likely to be successful? He is not. And is it the right thing to do for the country? No.”

Of course, a four year Presidency is likely to galvanize Republican opposition, a concept Biden naively grapples with on a good day. Why not just wait out the four years of Biden rule? A one-term pledge is also a campaign tactic with questionable historic success; we haven’t seen a President since Rutherford Hayes or James Polk successfully win after pledging only to serve one term. Jon McCain quickly abandoned the idea in 2008 after worrying it would draw attention to his age. Arthur Vandenberg ran for the Republican candidacy in 1940 while pledging to only serve for one term. He lost in the primary.

*It’s worth remembering: Ryan Lizza was fired from The New Yorker after an accusation of sexual misconduct. Lizza has denied the allegation.

The author of Washington’s biggest newsletter has some thoughts...

The author of Washington’s biggest newsletter has some thoughts...

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The author of Washington’s biggest newsletter has some thoughts...

The author of Washington’s biggest newsletter has some thoughts...

No matter your political leaning, whether you love her or hate her, whether you’re for trump or against him, @SpeakerPelosi has had a much bigger impact

-A real ass grown man, on Greta Thurnberg being named Time’s Person of the Year

The only thing more absurd than caring about the Time Person of the Year is caring this much about the Time Person of the Year.

The author of Washington’s biggest newsletter has some thoughts...
March 14, 2019 7:13 PM
Culture
The author of Washington’s biggest newsletter has some thoughts...
The author of Washington’s biggest newsletter has some thoughts...

How Apple News editors quietly influence UK's election reading

How Apple News editors quietly influence UK's election reading

How Apple News editors quietly influence UK's election reading

How Apple News editors quietly influence UK's election reading
Jim Waterson/The Guardian
March 14, 2019 7:13 PM
Media
Apple News has slowly become one of the dominant places people consume news, giving them enormous power over public influence and individual outlet’s business. Expect a lot more stories interrogating this as the 2020 election gears up in America.
How Apple News editors quietly influence UK's election reading

Vice News Hires Susie Banikarim to Head Newsgathering Operations (EXCLUSIVE)

Vice News Hires Susie Banikarim to Head Newsgathering Operations (EXCLUSIVE)

Vice News Hires Susie Banikarim to Head Newsgathering Operations (EXCLUSIVE)

Vice News Hires Susie Banikarim to Head Newsgathering Operations (EXCLUSIVE)
Vice News Hires Susie Banikarim to Head Newsgathering Operations (EXCLUSIVE)

Andrew Yang Qualifies for December Democratic Debate

Andrew Yang Qualifies for December Democratic Debate

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Andrew Yang Qualifies for December Democratic Debate

Andrew Yang Qualifies for December Democratic Debate

Andrew Yang Qualifies for December Democratic Debate
March 14, 2019 12:55 PM
Politics
Andrew Yang Qualifies for December Democratic Debate
Andrew Yang Qualifies for December Democratic Debate