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  • How did you get your election news?

    Just out of curiosity, how did you get your election news tonight/last night? I started off with The Daily Show/Colbert Report Midterm Midtacular, which was very good but not quite as funny as past coverage. I planned to just go to sleep but with the Montana, Virginia, and Missouri drama ended up flipping around the news networks for coverage for a few hours.

    I was actually very surprised at the differences in the coverage (I was watching from about 12 am - 3 am EST). CNN basically bored me to tears, and didn't really convey information meaningfully. They were very micro and didn't contextualize the results well. I tuned to Fox News after I saw the Democrats took the House (OK I had some schadenfreude going at that point) and was really surprised at some of Sheppard Smith's commentary/facilitation of their panel. Something along the lines of "Who will stand up and tell the American people that the war on terror is a war for civilization?", which I took to be extremely partisan, as well as actively using "we" when talking about Republican results. Not that their sympathies were any surprise, but being so on the nose about it was surprising, though I haven't seen much of Sheppard Smith aside the famous YouTube clip of him talking about J-Lo. Bill Kristol was as usual very sharp and candid in his analysis, and had some significant insight into some macro issues on trends in House races. While I disagree with his politics, he's definitely a sharp guy and seemingly not just a staunch partisan.

    The big surprise was MSNBC. They had what seemed to be the most clearly communicated coverage as well as the best analysis. Keith Olberman (who is a flamethrower but undoubtedly very intelligent) Tom Brokaw, Brian Williams, and Tim Russert had what I thought was a lot of insight into the incoming results, certainly more than the other networks. Chris Matthews was less than insightful, but I was very surprised that I ended up sticking with MSNBC for most of the night, and more surprised that I was generally impressed with their coverage. I normally avoid the news networks like the plague (except for my daily 2 Minutes Hate for Bill O'Reilly or Sean Hannity ;) ), but did come away feeling well informed after watching MSNBC. Who knew?

    Any other reactions to the coverage of the election, be it news network or whatever other method you used? Please leave comments on the election itself to another thread. :)
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    Re: How did you get your election news?

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    • #3
      Re: How did you get your election news?

      Foxnews....HA! i said it
      that sounds like a good idea trooper.
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      • #4
        Re: How did you get your election news?

        I was at work, so it was www.DallasNews.com and www.CNN.com for me. I have little use for televised news coverage anymore... Actually, little use for televised anything anymore...
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        • #5
          Re: How did you get your election news?

          I only touched the news twice today.

          Like always, I poked through the Early Bird (DoD employees only) to see what all the papers had to say for the day.

          At midnight Pacific Time, I went to CNN.com, counting on them to have posted a handy chart or graphic outlining the current state of things.

          But in keeping with my current election tradition, I opted to spend the rest of they day ignoring the news.

          No analysis, no breaking coverage of the vote count after 5% of the precincts report in. No battling talking heads arguing over the meaning of each exit poll or spokespeople trying to encourage stragglers to show up in close races.

          No politcal blogs, either. People may love a good "breaking news" conspiracy theory about vote fraud or voter intimidation or whatever, but I realized a couple of years ago that election day to me is kinda like Halloween was to the characters on Buffy the Vampire Slayer...a vacation from the rest of the year's drama.

          To me, the only thing that matters on election day is whether or not you voted, and what the final tally was. No exit poll or pundit or spokesperson or reporter is going to change the tally, and that means everyone talking about it is almost certainly completely useless. This is the day when all the political newsmakers can do nothing but smile all day long and thank their supporters, and that makes them even more incredibly boring than normal.

          So no coverage for me, exactly. Just the infographic on CNN's website, and me able to skip the news completely. I did read two really great books though!
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          • #6
            Re: How did you get your election news?

            cnn.com, msnbc.com, reuters.com

            It looks like Democrats won in Montana and Virginia.



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            • #7
              Re: How did you get your election news?

              I got my election news with vodka tonics that got stronger and were drunk more quickly as the evening progressed.

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              • #8
                Re: How did you get your election news?

                Fox news and CNN, Local PBS and MSNBC.

                Fox was pretty subdued.
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                  Re: How did you get your election news?

                  There was an election?
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                  • #10
                    Re: How did you get your election news?

                    I did the Daily Show/Colbert combo last night, along with a minor amount of internet surfing (I wasn't awake long enough for any really good numbers to have come in yet).

                    This morning, local TV news filled in most of the gaps, but I'll be hitting the 'net a little later for a more national view.
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                    • #11
                      Re: How did you get your election news?

                      Holy cow! Did you guys see the final election results?

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                      • #12
                        Re: How did you get your election news?

                        Telepathy.

                        It'll be interesting to see what happens with a close 51D-50R Senate. Cheney does get to vote for everything there, right? Not just procedural stuff? I do wish that the Republicans had held onto the Senate... oh well, it won't really matter for another two years anyway.

                        Oh, and I was flipping through CNN and FOXNews. I found the former's coverage far better - CNN also had a recount 'specialist' on whom gave a very insightful look into the Virginia race. Basically, those races are not 'too close to call,' recount or no recount. He said that last election Virginia had a recount in which 36 votes out of 2 million cast changed hands. The recount in Florida 2000 Presidential was split by some 550 votes out of 6 million cast. And finally, the current split in Virginia favors the Dems by 7,000 votes out of 3 millions cast. So, he said there's no way to make those numbers up in a recount. The same would presumably apply for Montana, where the Dem has an even larger (proportional) advantage.

                        Anyway, that's kinda what he said, we'll see if his prognostications were correct. I suspect that they are.
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                        • #13
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                          Fox news, CNN, and the local channel this morning.


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                          • #14
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                            I was most interested in the local elections here in MA. After a long evening of gaming (and getting our butts handed to us in a COD2 Scrim) I shut down the computer before checking any websites. It was about 1 a.m. and I settled for CNN for a picture on the National scene.

                            This morning I switched over to the local fox news channel and got the local picture--not for their slant but more because it was the only local channel doiing news at the time.
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                            • #15
                              Re: How did you get your election news?

                              I was hoping to find the news in this thread, because I'm not interested enough to make any more clicks to find it.
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