Watch CBSN Live

On Election Day, Some Advice

Hooray! Election Day is here. By all means, do not read the newspaper, Jack Shafer advised Slate readers yesterday. Why not?
The only newspaper with less genuine news than the Monday-before-the-election edition is the Tuesday-day-of-election edition, as we'll see in six or seven hours from now when the bulldog editions reach convenience stores and hawkers outside of bars. Nothing will have changed between Sunday night, when the Monday paper went to bed, and Monday night, when Tuesday's got tucked in. But across the country, tens of thousands of column inches will be sacrificed by talented, exhausted writers pumping nothingness out of the void and calling it news.
On that note, Happy Midterm Election Day.

UPDATE: Also, Howard Kurtz can tell you right now what will be in tomorrow's newspapers.

View CBS News In