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November 8, 1986 | JAY SHARBUTT, Times Staff Writer
As expected, the tradition-breaking election night program mix of politics and entertainment by NBC and ABC left CBS and its old-guard ways a distant third in national ratings, A.C. Nielsen Co. figures showed Friday. But CBS News president Howard Stringer wasn't dismayed by the ratings for his network.
November 9, 2012 | By Meredith Blake
It's been a long, exhausting campaign season for political pundits, and on Thursday a tired but clearly exhilarated Rachel Maddow stopped by “The Colbert Report” to discuss the results of Tuesday's election. It was by any measure a very good night for liberals, who celebrated not only Obama's victory but also the decriminalization of marijuana in two states and the legalization of gay marriage by popular vote in three. In Maddow's post-election show Wednesday night, the MSNBC host unleashed an anti-Republican rant that quickly went viral . The party had gotten “shellacked,” she argued, because  of their “vacuum-sealed, door-locked spin cycle of telling each other what makes them feel good.” Colbert asked her why she felt the need to do an “end zone dance.” Maddow claimed she was simply describing what had happened, in simple terms, but “this is one of those days when the facts have a liberal bias.” As for the enthused viewer reaction to it, “Just raw data makes people, like, send you flowers,” she said.
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 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 18, 2012 | By Paul VanDevelder
We in the blue states hear from the talking heads on Fox News and MSNBC that many of you in the red states are so distressed about the outcome of the elections that you would like to secede from the Union. Now, it seems that at least six of you - Texas, Louisiana, Alabama, Tennessee, Georgia and North Carolina - have submitted enough signatures (25,000) on petitions to the White House website to merit a formal response, with more petitions on the way. We wish you the best of luck with this.
December 2, 2012 | By Mark Z. Barabak
For most Americans, interest in the results of the 2012 presidential campaign ended somewhere around the first election night projections for President Obama and the brief, stunned concession speech delivered by a gobsmacked Mitt Romney. But for a small group of obsessives, the political equivalent of those who devour box scores for breakfast, a fascinating and welcome service has come from David Wasserman, a youthful and whip-smart campaign analyst with the Cook Political Report, who has become a one-man clearinghouse for presidential tabulations across the country.
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