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Daily Bread for 12.23.19

Good morning.

Monday in Whitewater will be partly sunny with a high of forty-four.  Sunrise is 7:23 AM and sunset 4:25 PM, for 9h 01m 51s of daytime.  The moon is a waning crescent with 8.2% of its visible disk illuminated.

Today is the one thousand one hundred fortieth day.

On this day in 1783, Gen. Washington resigns as commander-in-chief, marking the end of his military service during the Revolution.

Recommended for reading in full —

Rory Linnae reports Wisconsin once had a ‘model’ voting rights program for people with disabilities. Officials have let it decline:

Despite the clamor to turn out Wisconsin voters in 2020, some voters might be stopped at the doors of their polling places.

Auditors have flagged hundreds of violations at Wisconsin polls that make it harder or impossible for voters with disabilities to vote in person. A Journal Sentinel review of audits found officials are missing required action plans to fix most of these issues from the last two years.

Though Wisconsin once had a robust program for monitoring accessibility problems at polls — one that was lauded as a best practice by a presidential commission in 2014 — state officials have let it wane. Since the recognition, officials have missed audits, been slow to follow up on accessibility violations and provided fewer supplies to help polling places become more accessible.

“This dramatic decrease in the audit program is troubling as these audits provide critical information on the accessibility of polling places around the state,” said Denise Jess, executive director of the Wisconsin Council of the Blind and Visually Impaired.

Margaret Sullivan writes The two big flaws of the media’s impeachment coverage — and what went right:

Their test was to cover the impeachment proceedings without getting mired in the usual traps: false equivalence; distraction by presidential stunt; rampant speculation; the use of squishy language; and what I called Barr-Letter Syndrome, a reference to the way the mainstream press allowed Attorney General William P. Barr last spring to mischaracterize the findings of the Mueller report.

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Equating the unequal: In an unceasing effort to be seen as neutral, journalists time after time fell into the trap of presenting facts and lies as roughly equivalent and then blaming political tribalism for not seeming to know the difference.

“Too much coverage seems to have got stuck in a feedback loop,” wrote Jon Allsop in Columbia Journalism Review. “We’re telling the public that politicians aren’t budging from their partisan siloes, and vice versa, with the facts of what Trump actually did getting lost somewhere in the cycle. The cult of ‘both sides’ is integral to this dynamic, and it’s serving the impeachment story poorly.”

Other critics, including the Atlantic’s James Fallows, NYU’s Jay Rosen and Dan Froomkin of Press Watch, among others, pointed particularly at the New York Times.

The “pizazz” and “polarization” problems: The first hearings, featuring State Department officials William B. Taylor Jr. and George Kent, failed to provide adequate thrills for some, despite their helpfulness in establishing that Trump had strong-armed Ukraine for political favors.

Some news organizations seemed to join with President Trump in dubbing them dull — a “#snoozefest” as his son Eric saw it.

Author Jennifer Weiner warned in a Times opinion piece: “If we keep insisting that impeachment has to entertain us, we’re going to channel-surf our way right out of our democracy.”

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