November 7, 2012 |
Many viewers who tuned in to ABC News' election night coverage on Tuesday were surprised to find the usually impeccable Diane Sawyer acting, well, a little loopy. Throughout the evening's broadcast, the anchor frequently slurred her speech, stumbling multiple times over President Obama's name and, at one point, calling him “President Barack.” She also seemed distracted and easily excited, asking off-topic questions about the Obama campaign's use of exclamation points while leaning heavily on her desk as if for support.
October 29, 2012 |
WASHINGTON -- Supporters who want to spend election night with President Obama can earn a ticket with a chore: two days of door-knocking to help turn out the vote in neighboring Wisconsin. Locking down Wisconsin's 10 electoral votes is an important part of Obama's path to victory, but it won't come easy. Both he and Republican Mitt Romney have their eyes on the state, home of Romney running mate Paul D. Ryan. But the tickets-for-chores scheme has worked for the Obama campaign before, putting more than 6,000 volunteers to work in the days before the Democratic National Convention in North Carolina.
November 7, 2010 |
From "America's Election Headquarters" (a.k.a. Fox News) early last week, Charles Krauthammer declared that the Obama agenda was dead; the only question being how much of it would eventually be repealed. Two hours earlier, Fox News had projected a Republican takeover of the House of Representatives, drawing the ire of many (mostly Democratic) politicians and pundits who protested that polls had not closed in many states. It was that kind of night at the news network that many saw as being much more of a participant than a mere chronicler of this year's election.
November 8, 2012 |
SAN FRANCISCO - Right after the television networks projected that he had won reelection, the first thing President Obama did was thank supporters - not with a statement to the media or in an email, but in a tweet. "We're all in this together. That's how we campaigned, and that's who we are. Thank you," Obama messaged his nearly 23 million followers on Twitter. In fewer than 140 characters, Obama showed just how profoundly the digital revolution had transformed the 2012 presidential election.
November 15, 2012 |
It's a small matter, I know, compared with the historic issues now obsessing the commentariat, such as the fiscal cliff and how many mistresses and admirers David H. Petraeus could keep in the air simultaneously. But before we say goodbye to Campaign 2012, I would just like to point out that the entire drama of a close election, as played out in the media on election night, is basically fake. Like broadcasters presenting baseball games in the early days of radio, the television networks know who's going to win the game and more or less how it's going to play out, inning by inning.
November 6, 2012 |
Forget the bunting and confetti, the balloons and the funny hats. The new symbol of the American election is the oversize touch pad. During the 2008 election, CNN unveiled its "magic wall" and made John King, his fingertips whisking states red and blue, the hippest geek of presidential politics. Four years later, election night 2012 was a visual monument to the iPad generation, with all the major news networks sporting maps equipped with similar wizardry. CNN, MSNBC and Fox News reported returns with speed guaranteed to please the most app-addicted, devoting far more time to CG-heavy demographic deconstruction than to the traditional talking-head gab fest.