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Archives: October 2008

Final Campaign Push for Cablers

Some notes on coverage on this final weekend before the 2008 presidential election.

Fox News
Saturday —
9pmET: Hannity & Colmes
10pmET: On the Record with Greta Van Susteren

Sunday —
6-9amET: Fox & Friends with Doocy, Carlson and Kilmeade
10a-12p: America’s Election HQ w/ Hemmer and Kelly
4-5pm: Your World w/ Cavuto
5-6pm: America’s Election HQ w/ Hemmer and Kelly
7-8pm: FOX Report Sunday
9-10pm: Election Special w/ Brit Hume
10-11pm: Hannity & Colmes

CNN
Saturday —
2pm-5pmET: CNN Ballot Bowl
5pmET: Election Countdown: View from the Right
6pmET: CNN: Special Investigations Unit – Fit to Lead
7pmET: CNN Presents: McCain Revealed
8:30pmET: CNN Presents: Obama Revealed

Sunday —
10amET: Late Edition with Wolf Blitzer
1pmET: Fareed Zakaria – GPS
2pmET: Election Countdown: View from the Right
4pm-6pmET: CNN Ballot Bowl
8pmET: The Next President: 2 Days to Go w/ Blitzer

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ABC Costumes Ripped from the Headlines

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Not to be outdone by that other morning show, ABC’s World News Now got into the Halloween spirit at a scarily early hour this morning. That’s Jeremy Hubbard as all three Jonas Brothers, and Vinita Nair as “Fannie Mae” complete with Monopoly money and houses glued to her beehive.

The Scoreboard: Thursday, Oct. 30

25-54 demographic: (L +SD)

Total day: FNC: 459 | CNN: 361 | MSNBC: 390 | HLN: 176

Prime: FNC: 1010 | CNN: 724 | MSNBC: 1012 | HLN: 341

  5p: 6p: 7p: 8p: 9p: 10p: 11p:
FNC ElectionHQ: Hume: Shep: O’Reilly: H&C: Greta: O’Reilly:
  338 550 624 1092 1084 855 770
CNN Blitzer: Blitzer: Dobbs: Brown: King: Cooper: Cooper:
  431 449 413 579 570 1021 728
MSNBC Hardball: Gregory: Hardball: Countdown: Maddow: Countdown: Maddow:
  362 384 574 1105 1270 662 510
HLN Prime: Prime: VMitchell: Grace: Dobbs: Grace: Showbiz:
  142 127 125 423 252 363 293


Data by Nielsen Media Research. Live and same day (DVR) data.

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TVNewser On Election Day

So, we’ve told you what the networks are up to this Tuesday. Now we want to let you know how we’ll cover the news about the news this Election Day.

• Video reports, interviews and plenty of pictures as we make stops at the networks as they gear up for election night coverage…

• Twittering throughout the day. Click here to follow our up-to-the-minute updates as we make our way to the networks…

• Live blogging all night long with contributions from you…

Our brother & sisters bloggers at FishbowlDC, FishbowlNY and FishbowlLA will also be covering. We’ll let you know their plans on Monday on mediabistro.com.

Halloween on the Trail

From a TVNewser tipster on the campaign trail today:

Palin’s embed journos greeted her in costume today as: Joe 6-Pack, Joe the Plumber, Tito the Builder, Todd, Sarah, and a hockey mom.

Any readers have a picture?

> Update: Another tipster sent this in:

palin embeds didn’t take any photos… they panicked and changed out of the costumes after one event.

> Update, update: Dueling reports by the tipsters:

Contrary to your anonymous tipster, this member of the Palin press corps — coming to you live from York, PA — can confirm that the Palin press have NOT changed out of their costumes. In fact, Todd, Sarah and Piper got a big kick out of us when they saw us this morning in Greensburg. We can also report that the 5 embedded “journos” of the Biden press corps (they of the boy band “Fivenet pool”) are dressed in matching jumpsuits with the word “maverick” emblazoned on their jackets. A team of mavericks, indeed.

So…any pictures?

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Election Day Exit Polls: “It’s Like Hotel California”

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After 20 months of buildup, there is a craving for an answer. With a global audience wanting to know the outcome of the 2008 presidential election, and more outlets than ever covering the vote, we wanted to know how the networks are preparing to make sure they get it right. We’ll be posting a few stories over the few remaining days of the campaign to let you know what to expect on election night.

Exit Polls

The exit poll fiasco of 2000 helped contribute to an unresolved presidential election that lasted 36 days. In 2004, things weren’t much better. The Washington Post called the 2004 exit poll data, “the most inaccurate of any in the past five presidential elections.” One change this year, the average age of those conducting the interviews this year is 42-years-old. In 2004, the average age was 34.

Edison Media Research will once again conduct the exit polls to be used by the six major news organizations — ABC, CBS, CNN, FOX, NBC and the Associated Press. Three representatives from each of the National Election Pool (NEP) members will be quarantined in a room until 5pmET Tuesday.

Joe Lenski, executive vice-president of Edison, tells TVNewser, “No one outside of one single room sees [the data] before 5pm.” “It’s like Hotel California,” Lenski says, referring to the 1976 Eagles hit record. Once the media reps check in, they cannot leave until 5pmET. “They will be escorted to the restroom. Food is brought in. Their cell phone and BlackBerrys and laptops are confiscated.”

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McCain Leads MTP to Ratings Win

mccain_10-31.jpgNBC’s Meet the Press was the top-rated Sunday morning show last week, as Sen. John McCain returned to the program for the first time since January. Each program saw week-to-week declines in Total Viewers except FOX News Sunday.

ABC’s This Week finished second, topping CBS’ Face the Nation by its biggest Total Viewer advantage in six years.

In the A25-54 demo NBC was #1, followed by ABC, CBS and FOX.

The Tom Brokaw-moderated MTP averaged 4,749,000 Total Viewers, compared to 3,356,000 for ABC, 2,781,000 for CBS and 1,559,000 for FOX.

Contemporary World Issues, with Mr. Dobbs

dobbs_10-31.jpegStudents in seven high schools across the country were joined by CNN’s Lou Dobbs yesterday in a live teleconference during their Contemporary World Issues classes.

The Huntsville Times (AL) writes about the experience (via Johnny Dollar).

“Dobbs wasn’t short on opinion, declaring Illinois Sen. Barack Obama, the Democrats’ choice for president, one of the most ‘transformative’ figures in politics, then blasting the national media for what he called ‘great bias’ and unfairness in its coverage of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, the Republican vice presidential nominee,” writes Steve Campbell.

High schools in Alabama, Ohio, Texas, Virginia, New York, New Jersey and Wisconsin participated.

This is Today…on CBS?

Meredith Vieira, as Pinocchio for this morning’s Today show Halloween costume contest, played her part well. During a toss to break during the 8:30 half hour, Vieira said, “But first, this is Today on CBS.” As her nose grew, Matt Lauer, as Humpty Dumpty, just groaned (as opposed to cracking up). I’ll stop now.

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Ann Curry as Cinderella, Al Roker as the Gingerbread Man, Vieira as Pinocchio, Lauer as Humpty Dumpty, Hoda Kotb as Little Red Riding Hood, Kathie Lee as the Big Bad Wolf, and Amy Robach as Rapunzel.

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