A journalist at Quebec-based Canadian public affairs network LCN wanted to explain the conflict in Gaza, so he took to the TV correspondent’s favorite tool: the Magic Wall. Unfortunately, the screen he used was no Magic Wall, and he was no John King. The results, however, were pretty funny:
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If there was an overarching theme of 2012′s election coverage, it was a simple one: back to basics.
With the exception of NBC and ABC’s somewhat dramatic and public coverage, most of the channels refrained from the public displays, and used technological gimmicks sparingly. CBS News coverage, anchored by Scott Pelley for the first time, occasionally relied on augmented reality graphics in Studio 57, but even they were subtle, little more than a modern take on the image that viewers at home see above the anchor’s shoulder. On CNN, gone were the holograms and dozens of analysts that made up the “best political team on television™”. Instead, viewers saw a smaller, tighter, more interesting group of analysts, and the only technology was John King‘s actually helpful “Magic Wall.”
On Fox News the mood was dour, and on MSNBC the mood was gleeful, but both networks kept it simple, with the hosts and analysts sitting behind the desks and talking about the results. After the call, Fox News had what many observers thought was the best TV of the night, with Karl Rove arguing that Ohio could be won, and Megyn Kelly walking to “The Decision Desk” to get their take. No special effects required, just a camera following her down the hallway.
Television critics are already weighing in on Tuesday night’s Election coverage, with praise being directed at CNN and ABC.
On Tuesday night, King was political America’s very own county commissioner at large. He breezed from counties in Florida to counties in Ohio to counties in Virginia, each time contextualizing precisely what was going on in the race. His presentation was relentless in comparing President Obama’s performance in the critical counties to his tallies from the 2008 campaign, a marker for viewers to judge whether the president was on track to win another term.
CNN’s coverage of the Presidential election kicks off on Tuesday night at 6pmET. Wolf Blitzer and Anderson Cooper will anchor from Washington, with Candy Crowley in Boston and Erin Burnett in Ohio. This will be CNN’s first election night anchored from Washington, where the network recently unveiled new state-of-the-art facilities.
CNN is deploying more than two dozen reporters across the country. Jim Acosta will be at the Romney campaign headquarters in Boston, while Jessica Yellin, Dan Lothian and Brianna Keilar will be at the Obama headquarters in Chicago. As usual, John King will be manning the Magic Wall.
The network has more than 40 consecutive hours of live programming planned beginning at 5amET Tuesday. Much more in CNN’s release after the jump. Read more
Like all the cable news networks, CNN saw a boost in October from its election coverage, which this month included four debates. Compared to the same month last year, CNN is up double digits across the board.
The ratings for October 2012:
- Primetime (Mon-Sun): 1,043,000 Total Viewers / 381,000 A25-54
- Total Day (Mon-Sun): 483,000 Total Viewers / 166,000 A25-54
In primetime, CNN is up +64% in Total Viewers and +90% in the A25-54 demographic year-over-year. In Total Day, the network is up +19% in Total Viewers and +30% in the demographic.
In Total Day, CNN had its highest audience in both Total Viewers and the A25-54 demographic since Hurricane Irene in August 2011. CNN also had its largest Monday-Friday primetime delivery since the aftermath of Michael Jackson’s death (July 2009) in Total Viewers and since the 2008 election in the A25-54 demographic. Read more
- CNN has told its anchors and producers to avoid using the term “Frankenstorm” to describe the potential storm Hurricane Sandy may become when it meets and advancing cold front. “on the rationale that the storm is powerful and deadly. Let’s not trivialize it.’”
- Gawker reports that CNN may have stiffed some of the servers out of tips at the “CNN Grill” at the RNC. “According to Fenwick, servers were explicitly told to reject tips and to tell any generous customers that ‘CNN will take care of us.’”
- CNN’s John King will moderate a U.S. Senate debate in his home state of Massachusetts Tuesday. CNN will air the debate at 7 PM and 11 PM, and will also be streaming it live online.
CNN has announced a slew of assignments for network correspondents in advance of the Presidential election. The network will have anchors and reporters in every swing state, as well as some floaters that will travel to multiple states, and the correspondents embedded with the campaigns. The network is launching segments branded as “The Final Battlegrounds” starting on Monday.
“CNN is deploying its vast resources and top-notch reporters into the states that the campaigns are targeting as the election nears,” said Mark Whitaker, executive VP and managing editor of CNN Worldwide in a statement. “Our in-depth reporting and analysis will keep voters informed of the up-to-the-minute developments that will determine the outcome of this extraordinarily close presidential race.”
The correspondent assignments, after the jump.
Tonight is the third and final Presidential debate of this election cycle. CBS’ Bob Schieffer moderates at Lynn University in Boca Raton. Here’s a round up of what the cable and broadcast networks have planned…
Scott Pelley anchors on CBS from 9-11pmET. With Schieffer moderating, certain CBS programs — including yesterday’s “Face the Nation” and today’s “CBS This Morning” — originate from Florida. Pelley will be joined by Major Garrett of National Journal and Julianna Goldman of Bloomberg, among others.
ABC’s coverage kicks off at 9pmET with Diane Sawyer and George Stephanopoulos anchoring. They will be joined during the two-hour broadcast by VP debate moderator Martha Raddatz, Christiane Amanpour, Jake Tapper, David Muir and Jonathan Karl.
Plans for the cable networks after after the jump. Read more
Tonight’s Presidential debate, moderated by CNN’s Candy Crowley, will be held at Hofstra University at 9pmET. Here’s a round-up of what the broadcast and cable networks have planned.
On ABC News, Diane Sawyer and George Stephanopoulos will anchor coverage from 9pm-11pmET. They will be joined by Jake Tapper, David Muir and Jon Karl. “Nightline” will be live at 11:35pmET, and ABC News will stream the debate online.
CBS News will also be live from 9pm-11pmET with Scott Pelley at the anchor desk. The network’s post-debate coverage will feature a poll of approximately 500 uncommitted voters around the nation.
Brian Williams will anchor from 9pm-11pmET on NBC News in New York City. He will be joined by David Gregory, Savannah Guthrie, Chuck Todd and Tom Brokaw. Andrea Mitchell will lead the network’s “Truth Squad” fact-check team.
Fox News Channel’s Shepard Smith will anchor on Fox Broadcasting beginning at 9pmET.
Plans for the cable networks are after the jump. Read more