KELO-TV commits another headline error, saying that Senator John Thune “weighs in” on the 2016 Presidential race.
“Weighing in” means you step on the scale and make the numbers spin. Senator Thune “weighs in” with all the heft of a feather:
“The only thing that is certain is it’s uncertain,” Thune said.
The uncertainty could put South Dakota in a unique position on June 7.
“By then, normally the nominees are decided, but this year, it’s wide open enough that South Dakota may actually have a voice in all of this,” Thune said [Kelli Volk, “Thune Weighs in on 2016 Presidential Campaign,” KELO-TV, 2016.04.17].
Really? Guy’s been in Washington for twenty years and in politics for over thirty, and that’s the best he can say? Why turn on the mic?
Thune still won’t cowboy up and disown Donald Trump:
When asked about who he’s supporting in the race, the senator says he’s keeping his options open, opting out of backing a candidate at this point.
“I’m interested in seeing what the voters of South Dakota decide when the time comes, so I’ll follow their wishes,” Thune said [Volk, 2016.04.17].
Senator Thune natters on as if on post-game interview autopilot: “could see an open convention… been a lot of concerns about whether or not the party can come together when it’s all said and done, but I believe that will happen….” There’s no analysis there, no unique Capitol insight, not one word that makes South Dakotans think, Boy, this guy knows a truckload about politics and government! Good thing we’ve got him in charge!
Good grief, KELO: I know you think putting John’s pretty face on your screen gets you ratings and scores brownie points with the powers that be in case you seek comment on a real story, but if you really want to educate viewers about the political process, you’d do better to skip Senator Thune’s drivel and share the insights of the South Dakota blogosphere with your viewers on a daily basis.