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Media Watch: 2008 and Beyond

Media Watch: 2008 and Beyond

Sigh My co-blogger Jamie warned of this just the other day. Post-Election Depression. After months of YouTube clips, campaign ads, poll-watching and other horse race-related activities, what now? We won. I don’t mean to sound anti-climactic; obviously there’s much work to be done repairing the country, policies to be considered and critiqued, a national dialogue…

In the Age of Cynicism

In the Age of Cynicism

At 9:45pm Tuesday night, an old friend from my hometown called me from London, where he has been living for the past several years. Since he expatriated himself our communication has been confined to annual visits in Berkeley during the holidays, occasional emails and every-now-and-then spontaneous chats on Facebook. But I made him promise to…

To Call It or Not to Call It

To Call It or Not to Call It

Networks face a huge dilemma tonight: do they join the race to be the first news organization to call the election at the risk of forgoing accuracy or do they play it safe at the risk of losing credibility for looking the other way when there is obviously a clear winner, even if the ballots…

Obamacans at the Door

Obamacans at the Door

[The Scene: A rainy evening outside of Barack Obama’s national campaign headquarters. A hand pounds furiously on the door.] BARACK OBAMA: [ from inside ] Coming!….Who is it? SCOTT MCCLELLAN: Open up! It’s me! Scott McClellan! [politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com] OBAMA: [ opens door ] Oh, hey. Hi Scott. What, um, what can I do for you? MCCLELLAN:…

People Who Live in Seven (or so) Houses Shouldn't Throw Roses

People Who Live in Seven (or so) Houses Shouldn't Throw Roses

so•cial•ism [www.merriam-webster.com] sÅ-shÉ™-li-zÉ™m, noun, 1837 1. any of various economic and political theories advocating collective or governmental ownership and administration of the means of production and distribution of goods 2. a) a system of society or group living in which there is no private property b) a system or condition of society in which the…

Why the Networks are Worried About Nov. 4

Why the Networks are Worried About Nov. 4

As we approach the two-week countdown, the nation is on the edge of its proverbial seat waiting to see how Election Night is going to play out. Democrats are worried about getting too comfortable [voices.washingtonpost.com], Republicans are now going on to the red states [www.cnn.com] . But Election Night is also up in the air…