Blogging from the 2008 NAB-RTNDA conference in Las Vegas.
NBC’s Ron Allen and ABC’s Sam Donaldson on the big screen at this morning’s NAB Super Session: a discussion about the 2008 Presidential race.
As RTNDA chairwoman Barabara Cochran put it in her introduction, “over a century of political reporting” took to the stage this morning at the NAB-RTNDA conference in Las Vegas. CNN’s John King (first election reporting gig, 1988) moderated a discussion of the 2008 campaigns with NBC’s Ron Allen, 40-year ABC vet Sam Donaldson, former ABC correspondent Linda Douglass, now with National Journal, as well as John Harris of Politico.com and Peter Maer of CBS News radio.
In addition to talking about the candidates, the campaigns, and the issues, King asked about the media’s role this time around: “do [the candidates] treat us differently?” Yes, was the answer.
“They have had to deal with a lot of cameras,” said NBC’s Allen. And blogs too. Donaldson told a story about being with a group of “20-something” staffers at ABC in New York and how they were buzzing about the importance of Perez Hilton‘s support of Hillary Clinton. “I don’t know why anyone would want that” but “he matters.”
And the political story that continues to resonate even today, Sen. Obama’s “bitter” pill. Douglass talked about how that story came, not from a reporter, but an Obama supporter, who wrote about it on the Huffington Post. “There was no editor…she is not getting paid.” Stories “do not adhere” to standards including “accuracy.”
As for how a new president will affect broadcasters and journalists, Douglass said all three candidates are against expanding ownership. If you’re big media planning to get bigger, “all three will give you heartburn.” Maer added, “all three are for shield laws” which protect journalists and their sources.
Click continued for more pictures, the story of John King’s jeans and Sam Donaldson’s big leap…