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The final event of the first day was “Insights and Analysis: Leading National Political Reporters Discuss the Campaign” panel. And yes, all panel’s names were also long descriptions. It was, after all “ELECTION 2008: Obama vs. McCain: What Happened and What Comes Next?” conference that we will call EOVMWHAWCNCon for short.
You can watch all the panels here.
During the Q&A the question was floated who would be the next Tim Russert. Who will be the next television journalist to vet future candidates?
Mike Allen said the names John King of CNN, Gwen Ifill and Chuck Todd. John Harris offered up Chris Matthews. Then Mike Allen noted that NY Observer had also mentioned John Harris as a possible replacement.
We cornered Editor-in-Chief and founder of Politico John F. Harris (pictured on the right, reporter Ben Smith on the left) in the green room between panels and between Blackberry texts to his wife. (She had a Bob Barker sighting at LAX). We asked Harris if Politico was still hiring reporters. He said that they were. They are currently hiring a reporter to cover the House.
We wanted to know why Politico has been so successful while other publications have been forced to layoff journalists. Harris said that he thinks it’s because Politico is geared toward a specific audience. He said that it’s the general interest publications that are struggling and that Politico is for a specific audience. And that the future of media is in niche markets.
The future is so niche that we can’t even have just one way of pronouncing ‘niche’.
VP Debates are like NASCAR races. Everyone watches to see the car crashes. If there aren’t any…well then it was just a night of seeing cars drive around in circles.
Basically the folks writing about the debate – their general consensus was that Sarah Palin got a gold medal in the Special Olympics, but unfortunately she’s been recruited for the majors.