The curious case of the missing score

In sports stories the headline generally tells who won, but somewhere in the story the score is reported.

Curiously, the front page AP story in the morning newspaper reports that Democrat Doug Jones defeated sex scandal-plagued Republican Roy Moore, but never reports what the margin was.

A nearly identical story on the paper’s website, reportedly updated at 10:19 p.m., well before what the paper’s deadline to press used to be, contains this:

Alabama state law calls for a recount if the margin of victory is less than one-half of one percentage point. With all precincts reporting, Jones led by 1.5 points — three times that margin.

Seems like a serious omission.

The AP online version appears to have been posted before 8 p.m. PST.

Roy Moore (AP pix)

5 comments on “The curious case of the missing score

  1. Steve says:

    Outspent 7 to 1 while he was hiding from the media in ways that would make Sharron Angle proud and all Jones could pull out was a 1.5% squeaker win. As Hairy Weed might say, a win is a win.
    But I suspect The Donald is actually breathing a sigh of relief along with McConnell.

  2. Rincon says:

    Lots of Conservatives voted for Moore, but many of those same Conservatives believe that, with less evidence against him, Ruben Kihuen should resign. Partisanship trumps ethics again!

  3. Bill says:

    Rin, your comment, albeit a bit snarky, demonstrates the universal characteristic of mankind (and womankind for you strict feminist constructionists), that all people view events through the lens of their own perceptions. How a person perceives events are a result of their training, education and, development during their lifetime.

    That is why media and law enforcement, two segments of our society with immense power, must constantly strive to not permit their perceptions to color or obstruct their view so that they cannot be objective observers or reporters.

    I am of the opinion that most “Conservatives” are decent, honorable and compassionate people. I like to think of myself as a conservative. and It would be my hope that if either Moore or Kihuen committed egregious offenses against women that they would have the decency to resign or not run. However, I do not believe that Moore, Kihuen, or anyone should be convicted, in a court of law or in the court of public opinion, without an opportunity to confront their accuser(s) and have a fair and impartial hearing. Neither should a person be barred from running for political office except for the conviction of a felony. Neither should there be no statute of limitations on most offenses including inappropriate sexual activity.

    We need to pause, take a deep breath, and we need to make some distinctions in the types of sexual offenses that might occur. Perhaps, as the Catholics do, we should label them as a) venal or (b) mortal. And, after that, we need ti figure out what the appropriate sentence should be and whether either a mortal or venal sinner can ever be forgiven and/or redeemed.

  4. Rincon says:

    Well put. There’s also the question of how much evidence is enough to convict. Large numbers of accusers may come forward when a celebrity is accused, but given the clear profit motive, how much stock should a judge or jury put in their combined stories? The details matter greatly here. In cases where the harassment is ongoing, I would tend to fault a witness who fails to bring impartial witnesses or a recording of some kind.

  5. deleted says:

    Shouldn’t republicans rejoice over the triumph of capitalism every time someone acts out of a profit motive?

    I mean if one of Moores accusers came out and said “I’m selling my story to the highest bidder” shouldn’t republicans be happy and believe that the profit motive will surely result in the best outcome for the world?


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