November 7, 2002 |
In the television networks' fierce quest to be over-prepared and competitive on election night, some discovered they can make do without Voter News Service, the consortium of broadcast and print news organizations that provides exit polling information from across the country.
November 6, 2002 |
Deep in our history, before electronic communication, news sometimes arrived too late, as when Andrew Jackson and his men killed 2,000 British troops at New Orleans on Jan. 8, 1815, two weeks after the Treaty of Ghent "ended" the war they were fighting. But ever since Dewey defeated Truman, it has been the habit of news to arrive too soon, whether by a few hours or a few days.
November 6, 2002 |
Voters and candidates anxious for early results from Tuesday's elections were left hanging like chads when a key system used to predict winners broke down. As a result, a nation accustomed to hearing the television networks predict winners as soon as the polls close was forced to do something unusual in the age of instant information: wait for ballots to be counted.
June 2, 2001 |
In voting to spare the life of Voter News Service, media executives said Friday that the polling service's computer system will be upgraded and redesigned in the hope of avoiding a repeat of November's embarrassing election-night errors. The news service, a consortium of ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, Fox News Channel and Associated Press, also will try to figure out a way to assess the effect of the increased amount of absentee and early voting, officials said.
June 1, 2001 |
The members of Voter News Service, an election consortium whose data were used by several news organizations in making wrong calls in last year's presidential election, have decided to keep the organization together and revamp its operations. The six member news organizations--ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN, Fox and Associated Press--had given themselves a June 1 deadline to decide whether to remain in the cooperative or opt out, members of the organization said. They said that all have decided to stay in.
January 5, 2001 |
CBS News, releasing results of its investigation into what went wrong with its four bad election-night vote projections, said it accepted responsibility but pinned much of the blame on errant data from Voter News Service, some of which was provided erroneously to the exit polling service by states themselves. CBS said it also relied in some cases on too little information. And in the case of its projection of Florida for Gov. George W.