THURSDAY'S HUM ( 11-9-06 )
FREE PRESS GIVES FRONT PAGE APOLOGY TO ESSEX READERS; SEE FIVE CORNERS UPDATE BELOW
PSYCHIC NABULA PICKS 7 OF 8 WINNERS IN VERMONT ELECTIONS
Nabula correctly predicted Sanders, Douglas, Dubie, Brock, Donovan, Markowitz and Sorrell to win their respective races. The only mispick was Nabula's selection of Martha Rainville, which, according to the mysterious psychic, was not her fault. She blamed her false reading on Goerge Bush, saying, "It was in the cards for Rainville to win, but W got in the way!"
Please scroll down to see Nabula's predictions and the date of the post.
CHANNEL 17 BIG WINNER ON ELECTION NIGHT
We don't have the ratings yet, but Hum on the street had a lot of northern Vermonters watching the Vermont Votes broadcast on 17. Anchored by Joel Najman's steady avuncular presence and Shay Totten's insightful and sometimes frenetic presentation (he says a lot of 'you knows' and 'ums' and can wander at times, but he's lovable), the show was fun and informative, enhanced through streaming internet transmissions, allowing the viewers to see live interviews with many of the candidates. WCAX was solid, but Ch17 had much more info.
FIVE CORNERS UPDATE
Fell asleep at the Essex Junction Five Corners Light waiting for the MERGER results. When I woke up in the car this morning and found out the merger did not pass, I shrugged my shoulders, turned to the idler next to me and said, " Oh well, they'll try it again next year."
Ed. note - The merger actually did pass, and many media outlets were confused by the coiling complexities of the Essex voting system. A rare front page apology was included in Thursday edition of the Burlington Free Press, with Executive editor Michael Townsend penning this:
"The Free Press erred Wednesday in reporting that the Essex-Essex Junction merger measure failed. I apologize for that inaccuracy. The merger vote in fact did go through as reported Wednesday on our Web site and here today on the front page.Here is the merger story from Thursday's edition. Did the front page apology only go out to the Essex zone? Dunno.
The responsibility for this error rests with editors - including me - who did not provide the reporter with the backup she needed on deadline.
The reporter did an excellent job covering the merger before the election, providing readers with ongoing explanation and analysis for a subject that has been debated over the years many times. No reporter covered the topic more deeply this year, and she did so in a neutral way so you could make up your mind.
And you did.
On a very hectic night, as we maneuvered between delivering a lot of information on our Web site and producing a daily newspaper, the reporter needed better backup from her editors."