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November 17, 2012
Re “ The great election night scam ,” Opinion, Nov. 15 Michael Kinsley's insights are usually on the mark, but not his rant about the so-called election-night scam perpetrated by TV networks that refrain from reporting election results until the polls close everywhere. Most of us think that avoiding any possible influence on voting is worth the wait, even if that causes pundits to squirm for a few hours on election day. Garland Allen Santa Monica What Kinsley says is true, but only if you disregard everything but the presidential contest.
November 12, 1988
Bush's campaign thus becomes an example rather than a heinous embarrassment, a reinforcement of vilification as a national sport. His election night quest of unity was as glib and perfunctory as you'd expect from a politician who is, after all, a moral shrimp. We will eventually pay for this consummate yes-man's inability to say no to his own worst impulses. Pundits attributed Bush's smashing victory in large measure to his resume, as though by simply occupying a job you discharge that job with distinction.
November 6, 2012 | By Matt Pearce
If current polls from election night hold up, the defining story about the 2012 election may be about how massive, concentrated waves of cash rushing toward political races changed … nothing. Many believe that at the end of Tuesday night, Democrats will hold the presidency and the U.S. Senate, and Republicans will still hold the House of Representatives. One example of 2012's expensive stasis comes from Montana, where Democratic Sen. Jon Tester and his challenger, GOP Rep. Denny Rehberg, have seen piles of cash dumped into a contest that has failed to yield a front-runner, which remains as deadlocked as it was a year and a half ago when Rehberg began his candidacy in earnest -- this, despite mountains of ads and hundreds of miles of on-the-road campaigning.
November 8, 1988
Orange County's public TV station, KOCE Channel 50, will carry a special election night program tonight beginning at 11 p.m. The hourlong program will include late election returns, as well as live and taped interviews with local Democrat and Republican party leaders and candidates. Among those scheduled to appear on the program are former state Democratic Party chairman Richard J. O'Neill of San Juan Capistrano and the GOP congressional candidate in the 40th District, C.
November 4, 1986 | JAY SHARBUTT, Times Staff Writer
As in past elections, network anchors are ready, projection-makers primed and analysts alerted for tonight's coverage of election returns for the full House, 34 Senate seats and 36 gubernatorial races. But this time out, there's a major change in the all-night, so-called "wall-to-wall" TV coverage that has been traditional for CBS, NBC and ABC, whether election night involved a presidential candidate or not.
Two reports issued Friday on the election night "debacle"--in which television networks prematurely called the winner of the presidential election--blamed both the networks and their source of polling data for playing fast and loose with the figures. A study commissioned by Cable News Network took all the networks to task for "recklessly endangering the electoral process" in their competition to be first with election results.
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