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OPINION
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.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
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.
NEWS
February 3, 2001 | MEGAN GARVEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
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.
NEWS
November 15, 2000 | ELIZABETH JENSEN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
CBS News has put together a panel of internal executives and a respected outside academic media critic to investigate what went wrong with its election-night reporting and make recommendations for the future. A bad projection on the outcome of the Florida vote led CBS and other networks to report incorrectly that Texas Gov. George W. Bush was the president-elect.
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