The results of the 2010 U.S. Census were released today, and as is so often the case, the cable news channels chose to focus on the political implications.
Of course, one of the big reasons behind conducting the Census is so that Congressional seats can be reapportioned to reflect the population. But there are plenty of other important stories to come out of the data.
For example: the Census showed that the U.S. saw the slowest population growth since the Great Depression, and much of the growth, particularly in the Southwestern U.S., was from Hispanics and other minority groups.
Why the U.S. saw such slow growth, and why so much of that growth was from minorities, are ripe subjects for news organizations to look into. Perhaps they will, but for now, the networks have been too busy bringing on political analysts to talk about Republican and Democratic strategy, and how the Census will affect political races still years away.
It was not all strategy, however.