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Covering the : From CNN’s “Mess” to “Ravishing Rachel Maddow”

Grading_4.30.jpgWaPo’s Tom Shales on last night’s coverage of Pres. Obama’s third prime time news conference since taking office:

ABC ran little poll questions and news squibs at the bottom of the screen. That was just video gingerbread, and wildly unnecessary at that.

And on CNN’s “National Report Card” Shales writes, “Graphically speaking, it was a mess, and one sympathized with Anderson Cooper and Wolf Blitzer and other CNN talents caught up in one of those Producers’ Brainstorms that didn’t work.”

And on MSNBC’s post-newser coverage:

MSNBC showed its strengths — at least two of them, anyway — by going to ravaging Keith Olbermann and ravishing Rachel Maddow. Two smart people are a lot better than an arsenal of computerly contraptions.

The Denver Posts’s Joanne Ostrow didn’t like CNN’s theatrics either: “After CNN’s performance Wednesday night, thinking and cable news have never felt farther apart.”

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