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(Bloomberg)   Media coverage on Election Day is "basically fake," says the former host of CNN's totally fake Crossfire   (bloomberg.com) divider line 61
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2012-11-15 11:09:08 PM

Tyrone Slothrop: mithras_angel: Darn. I was hoping it was the goofy looking one, who thought he looked good in a bow tie.

Tucker Max, or whoever he was.

I thought Tucker Max was an office supply chain.


You're thinking of Tucker Depot.
 
2012-11-15 11:33:19 PM

theincrediblemoo: [i4.ytimg.com image 320x180]

I can never hear the word Crossfire without remembering this.


If you're like millions of Americans, you've seen the Crossfire commercial over a hundred times but never seen (let alone played) the game. If that describes you, then you might enjoy this:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_wibltmswYU
 
2012-11-15 11:40:29 PM
I'd be ok if it wasn't broadcast until Alaska came in. It's hardly nail-biting if you follow the numbers and facts. Sure, if you depend on Rove for your estimations it's a "Close Race". It really wasn't.

We could all vote until midnight and get results in the morning. More people get a chance to vote and the networks wouldn't have anything to do. Alaska closes early in the morning and we can just get up for it on the East Coast if we care for that.
 
2012-11-16 12:42:49 AM
The networks have a balancing act.

Yes, they'll get big ratings if it's a horserace. But if they horserace ends too late, people shrug and go to bed.

Which is why major news networks called it at 11:10 or so. After the west coast polls closed, but not so long that people turned off their TVs figuring it wouldn't be decided that evening. What did that get them? Another hour or so of people watching the celebrations, the meltdown on FOX News (which was great TV) and a big sigh of relief as people, for the most part, got what they wanted.
 
2012-11-16 01:15:00 AM

skinink: Here's Karl Rove trying to stop Ohio from being called for Obama:
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"Nein nein nein nein nein nein..."


Actually saw someone on Facebook claim that Obama got more popular votes in OH than there were registered voters.

I don't think he thought that one through. Obama only took 50.1% of the popular vote.
 
2012-11-16 02:44:19 AM

Gawdzila: special20: HumanBeingsSuck: The only question now is, are the extremists about to eat the rest of the GOP alive?

I sure hope so. The GOP may have to take a lead from Teddy R, and split the party to reign in those who are truly conservative, but rational and fair minded. Sadly, that didn't work out for TR.

It won't be pretty for them in the short run, but in the long term I think it is necessary. There are two parties living inside the skin of one right now, and they're deeply conflicted. A split is going to have to happen eventually, the fight seems to pretty much be over who gets the Republican brand name.


Whoever doesn't get the Republican brand name should name their organization the Party of Theseus.
 
2012-11-16 02:45:21 AM

The Irresponsible Captain: I'd be ok if it wasn't broadcast until Alaska came in. It's hardly nail-biting if you follow the numbers and facts. Sure, if you depend on Rove for your estimations it's a "Close Race". It really wasn't.

We could all vote until midnight and get results in the morning. More people get a chance to vote and the networks wouldn't have anything to do. Alaska closes early in the morning and we can just get up for it on the East Coast if we care for that.


Are you thinking Alaska's going to swing an election? They only have 3 electoral votes and are a safe Republican state (for decades now).
 
2012-11-16 03:23:15 AM
Y'all can do what you like but for me this is a non-issue: I don't watch TV or vote.
 
2012-11-16 07:26:36 AM

HumanBeingsSuck: Come on, all people who are moderately intelligent understand that television's job is to entertain us.

A lot of us can "predict" things with surprising accuracy, even if we aren't Nate Silver.

Most of us can still willingly suspend our disbelief.

I don't believe for a minute that Republicans actually thought they had a good chance of winning the Presidency. What O'Reilly said about the white establishment now being a minority was meant to be a gentle nudge towards the truth, for the racists amongst the Fox News audience. Karl Rove was just leading by example, being disbelieving and then accepting of the facts.

They won't admit it, but Republicans do realize they need to rein in their extremists. The only question now is, are the extremists about to eat the rest of the GOP alive?



Not everything on television should be seen as fiction. If the news is not truthful, then what is it good for other than rabble rabble? The need for advertising and eyeballs doesn't excuse dishonesty.

If a sporting event is on television, does that mean it's OK to fix the outcome because it's just "entertainment"? Sorry but my standards for "news" haven't slipped into acceptance of the entertainment motive. I don't care if that's unrealistic.
 
2012-11-16 12:06:48 PM
Media coverage on Election Day is basically fake. 

That's more like it.
 
2012-11-16 01:23:30 PM
Headline should begin with "From the Ric Romero School of - - -"
 
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