Political Link List: October 7, 2012

New York Times: Error and Fraud at Issue as Absentee Voting Rises (by Adam Liptak)
Key passage: “On the most basic level, absentee voting replaces the oversight that exists at polling places with something akin to an honor system. “Absentee voting is to voting in person,” Judge Richard A. Posner of the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit has written, “as a take-home exam is to a proctored one.””

Columbia Journalism Review: The boy in the bubble (by Matt Welch)
Key passage:But [Ezra] Klein adds some new wrinkles to this stock character of Beltway journalism. Whereas his predecessors were exclusively eastern-seaboard, Ivy-League types, Klein is a California kid from the UC system (Santa Cruz and Los Angeles). Instead of launching his career by leveraging connections to the established elite, he built his reputation by blogging loudly, and sharply, into the void. Yesterday’s Kleins earned their fame at The New Republic; today’s model rose to prominence despite avoiding, and occasionally bashing, progressivism’s flagship magazine. With these departures in style, substance, and comportment, Klein’s meteoric young career underscores not only the dynamic transformation of the media business, but changes in liberalism itself.”

American Journalism Review: Dan Balz: A Bastion of Perspective in a Sound-Bite World (by Maddy Roth)
Key passage: “Through all of journalism's changes, Balz believes that the role of a political reporter has stayed the same. Political pollster "Peter Hart once said to me that the role of a political reporter is not to be a handicapper, a person who predicts this race or that race. That's not the real value of political reporting. The real value is when people wake up the morning after the election, see the paper or turn on the TV, and see who has won – that you will have helped them understand what happened," Balz says.”