The Washington Post Mention Machine

The Washington Post Mention Machine is a little tool for the US election, that ranks candidates by the last seven days of mentions on Twitter (Ron Paul by a country mile) and in the mainstream media (Barack Obama, obviously as the serving president, but Mitt Romney and Ron Paul neck-and-neck among Republicans). It’s also on Twitter […]

Cynicism in America

The Washington Post reports a sour mood among US voters: “Even more striking [than generally unfavourable views of politicians] was the answer to the question of whether Americans believe their own member of Congress puts partisan politics ahead of constituents’ interests. Fully 71 percent said partisan politics and 63 percent strongly hold that view.”