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Steinem’s Women’s Media Center Holds First Annual Media Awards

wmc1.jpgLast night marked the first annual Women’s Media Center Media Awards at the Arthur M. Sackler Foundation in midtown. Catered and cozy, the event took place in a small, packed room brimming with well-established female media types and bright-eyed J-school students, with a mic stand in the corner for awardees like Salon.com‘s Rebecca Traister, as well as hosts Gloria Steinem and WMC President Carol Jenkins. 



The evening was divided into two parts: the first honored six women in the media industry who have done outstanding work in bringing women’s issues to the forefront of media coverage; the second part cued a wag of the finger at organizations and events that shed a particularly negative light upon women in the past year. “It’s very important that we criticize when [women's coverage] is incomplete, but praise when it’s complete,” Steinem said, explaining the reason for organizing the awards this way.

In her opening remarks, Steinem also associated the media with a modern-day campfire, a place where people gather to tell stories and express themselves. “It is crucial that everyone’s stories be told…the media is our campfire,” she said. “And if we cannot tell our stories or have people listen to our stories, we feel alone.”

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What An Obama Loss Would Mean To Punditry

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Slate tantalizes us with a story that we think is going to be about pundits:

An Obama loss would mean the majority of pundits, reporters, and analysts were wrong. Pollsters would have to find a new line of work, since Obama has been ahead in all 159 polls taken in the last six weeks. The massive crowds that have regularly turned out to see Obama would turn out to have meant nothing. This collective failure of elites would provide such a blast of schadenfreude that Republicans like Rush Limbaugh would be struck speechless (another historic first).

But then the story forgets what it’s about and devolves into a campaign trail account of Barack Obama‘s stump speeches. Which is weird.

So let’s see if we can add (read: steal from elsewhere) some insight:

Bonnie Erbe reminds us that news outlets predicting Ronald Reagan victorious well before western voters went to the polls, resulting in “hundreds of thousands or millions” staying home.

And the Globe and Mail notes: “At Pollster.com, Mark Blumenthal acknowledged yesterday the slight narrowing of Mr. Obama’s lead over Mr. McCain in the past few days, to 5.4 per cent nationally.”

In other words, this year pundits, and not voters, could determine the outcome of the elections. So here’s our little public service announcement: Turn off your TVs until after you’ve cast your ballot.

UPDATE:

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