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Undecided Voters Invited to WDJT to Watch Last Presidential Debate, Participate in On-Air Discussion

Milwaukee CBS affiliate WDJT has invited a group of undecided voters to watch the final Presidential debate Monday night and participate in the post-debate newscast.

The station assigned an outside research company to recruit the voters, looking for an equal representation of parties and demographics. The group will be on WDJT’s evening newscast after the debate concludes. WDJT will also air viewer comments about the debate from Facebook and Twitter during the evening newscast.

Michele McCormack will host a half-hour webcast with the undecided voters that will be streamed on the station’s website after the newscast concludes. The webcast will be broadcast on “Eye to Eye,” WDJT’s political affairs program, on Sunday. [h/t TVNewsCheck]

Milwaukee Stations See Ratings Rise For Second Presidential Debate

The latest presidential debate proved more popular with viewers in Milwaukee than the first as 43,000 more households tuned in to watch Barack Obama and Mitt Romney square off a second time, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

NBC affiliate WTMJ averaged an 11.3 during the debate, ABC affiliate WISN pulled in a 10.3, FOX affiliate WITI saw a 6.9 and CBS affiliate WDJT drew a 3.7.  A rating point in Milwaukee is equal to 9,100 households.

While the numbers may sound high, The Journal Sentinel offered a sobering comparison, while 293,000 Milwaukee households tuned in to Tuesday night’s debate, 473,000 watched the Green Bay Packers beat the Houston Texans on Sunday night.

Denver Stations Get High Marks for De-Bunking Political Ads

With a heated election and a lot of undecided voters, local TV stations stand to see big profits from campaigns looking to tip the scales in their favor by airing political ads.  According to an opinion piece in the Denver Post by Kathleen Hall Jamieson, co-founder of FactCheck.org, the TV stations in Denver are doing a particularly good job helping voters see through the increasing spin.

Denver broadcasters deserve praise not only for reality testing political claims, but for also doing it well.  Our research shows that when stations reduce the size of the ad on the screen, clearly identify it as political content and stamp the corrections onto the boxed ad, voters remember the reporters’ analysis better than they do when the critiqued ad is played full screen.

You can watch what two Denver stations are doing to fact check political ads after the jump.

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Media Descends on Danville, KY Ahead of VP Debate

Local, national and international media have descended on the small town of Danville, Ky., to cover Thursday’s Vice Presidential debate between Joe Biden and Paul Ryan.

Stations in Lexington, which is about 40 miles north of Danville, have devoted coverage this week to Centre College, which is the smallest of the four venues to host a debate this election cycle. The school became the smallest institution to ever hold a general election debate in 2000, the first time it hosted a Vice Presidential debate.

More than 3,000 media credentials were issued ahead of Thursday night’s debate. WKYT reporter Phil Pendleton and Sky News reporter Dominic Waghorn had an interesting twist on the media circus — Pendleton interviewed Waghorn for WKYT, and Waghorn interviewed Pendleton for Sky News. Video is after the jump… Read more

CNN’s Candy Crowley Talks to WHNT About Moderating the Next Presidential Debate

Tonight’s Vice Presidential debate will be moderated by ABC’s Martha Raddatz, but next up is CNN’s Candy Crowley, who will moderate a town-hall style Presidential debate Tuesday night at Hofstra University in Hempstead, N.Y.

Crowley was interviewed Thursday morning by WHNT, the CBS affiliate in Huntsville, Ala. (video above).  “I think it’s just a decision that comes organically,” Crowley told Michelle Stark. “Like, ‘We’ve heard this talking point now way too many times, we need to move on,’ and ‘Hey, this is interesting. Let’s let it breathe.’”

VIDEO: Paul Ryan’s Testy Exchange with WJRT Anchor Terry Camp

Republican Vice Presidential nominee Paul Ryan had a testy exchange during an interview on Monday with with WJRT in Flint, Mich. (video, via BuzzFeed, above).

The interview took a tense turn when WJRT’s Terry Camp asked Ryan if the United States has a gun problem. Ryan said the country has a “crime problem” and noted that gun laws “aren’t properly enforced.” He went on to advocate crime prevention in another way:

Ryan: The best thing to help prevent violent crime in the inner cities is to bring opportunity in the inner cities, is to help people get [inaudible] in the inner cities, is to help teach people good discipline, good character. That is civil society. That’s what charities and civic groups and churches do to help one another make sure that they can realize the value in one another.

Camp: And you can do all that by cutting taxes? With a big tax cut?

Ryan: Those are your words, not mine.

At that point in the interview, a Ryan aide can be heard in the background ending the interview, saying, “Thank you very much, sir.” Both Camp and Ryan stood up. Read more

Citadel Offers Politicians Five Minutes Free Air Time

Citadel Communications will give five minutes of free airtime to political candidates who want to introduce themselves and their campaign platform to voters, according to Broadcasting & Cable.

B&C said the stations allotting the time are WOI in Des Moines, IA, WHBF in Quad Cities,IL-IA, KCAU in Sioux City, IA, KLKN in Lincoln, NE and WLNE in Providence R.I.

The article said the station group has offered the free air time to candidates for eight years running.

VIDEO: WPLG Reporter Ignores Sign, Gets Drenched

WPLG senior political reporter Michael Putney ignored a sign posted to the door of a local politician who is under investigation by the FBI and paid the price.

True to the promise of the sign which read, “Trespassers will be WET!!” The reporter for the Miami ABC affiliate knocked on the door of Justin Lamar Sternad and got soaked.  Sternad stands accused of having his campaign financed by the man he was running against in Florida’s 25th congressional district, Republican David Rivera.

“Not everyone’s happy to have a reporter show up at their door,” Putney told TVSpy.  “That was clearly the case with Mrs. Sternad, who doused me with water. As long as it was just tap water I don’t consider it a big deal.”

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Scott Brown, Elizabeth Warren Face Off in WBZ Debate

Massachusetts Senator Scott Brown (R) and his opponent, Elizabeth Warren (D), squared off last night in their first televised debate, hosted by Boston CBS O&O WBZ.

The debate, moderated by WBZ political analyst Jon Keller, aired live on WBZ and WBZ Newsradio. It was also streamed live on the station’s website.

Brown and Warren debated tax cuts and oil subsidies during the hourlong debate, which Politico described as “testy.” The pair have three more debates before Election Day, including one hosted by Boston’s public television station WGBH on October 30.

Video of the debate is after the jump. Read more

Senator Dianne Feinstein Abruptly Ends KGO Interview

Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) abruptly ended a recent interview with KGO‘s Mark Matthews after being asked a question about debating her opponent (video above).

Feinstein’s opponent, Republican Elizabeth Emken, says that Feinstein refuses to debate her. The Los Angeles Times urged Feinstein to agree to a debate over the Summer. When Matthews brought up the issue, Feinstein responded, “I’m running my own campaign,” then stood up and thanked Matthews, patting him on the shoulder as she walked away. [Hot Air]

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