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The Morning After

November 8, 2006 4:02 PM

The nation has a collective hangover today, induced from an overdose of TV news coverage of the midterm election where the Democrats seized control of the House and kept all of us up well beyond our normal tuck-in times. And at this writing the Dems picked up additional seats in the Senate, with only one contest in Virginia remaining uncalled.

At his news conference today President Bush looked shaken to his very core. To me, he appeared more rattled and unfocused than ever, clearly out of touch with the voters in this country. Let’s just say he isn’t having a good TVQ day, the morning after. But dammed good TV for a lot of us, I must say.

Tonight is going to be another long night in front of the TV for this nation. Beyond the bitter loss to Democrats last night, this afternoon Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld announced his resignation. The President said he would nominate former CIA Director Robert Gates to fill that position in the Pentagon.

You have to wonder what other shoes have yet to drop, as the campaign for the big prize in 2008 has just begun. TV newsgathering organizations didn’t miss a beat and I particularly liked how NBC made the most of its on-air talent. The Peacock brought out the big guns. Anchor Brian Williams had former NBC anchor Tom Brokaw at his side, along with Washington correspondent Tim Russert. Later both Brokaw and Russert switched over to provide commentary on MSNBC’s coverage anchored by Chris Matthews.

Meanwhile, I felt bad for CBS anchor Katie Couric who was having a bad hair day and simply didn’t look like one of the big, seasoned dogs.

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Comments (4)

Joan:

The coverage was good Tues night. But for those of us who are early birds, the morning after was pretty bleak on the networks. The morning shows spent a few minutes on elections and then went back to usual drivel. At least we have the internet. Still, doesn't it seem like an awful lot of tv and newspapers are dumbing down more and more?

Marianne Paskowski:

If you're a news junkie cable is the place, especially C-SPAN, fun to see the cameras roll when Congress is in session to look at all the empty seats and non-votiing elected officials, but Susan Swan has a great call-in show in the morning. .
Newspapers are hurting, lot's of editorial cutbacks and it shows in the reporting, I agree. I too get a lot of my news on the Internet. Who do you think does the best job online in getting to the story? I'm also an NPR addict.

Joan:

I do love NPR but it feels more like a magazine usually than a news program. PBS has the best evening new as far as I am concerned. I read CNN online and the NY Times but have not really done much looking beyond that. Which sites do you or your readers like best? I am definitely open to expanding my horizons. Maybe we should just stick with John Stewart.

Marianne Paskowski:

I have very eclectic habits because of what I do to eke out a living:}. When in doubt about something I'm curious about, I take the lazy approach and do "THE Google," as it will always be known, after our lame-duck president shared his media habits in a TV interview on CNBC. Gee, he makes it sound like a dance from the '70s.

On TV, I love Jon Stewart, watch CNN, Fox News Channel, CSPAN and MSNBC. For business news, love CBSmarketwatch and tvnewsday.com, a site which aggregates all news from the Wall Street Journal, the NYT and just about everything I'm interested in.

Our readers, I'm sure have their faves, based on what they do and who they actually work for. Personally, can't wait to see Al Jazeera land a video slot in the USA, but most distributors here are afraid to touch it with a 10-foot pole. But that might change now that the plutocrats have lost rein over this country's voters. Thanks for your response, think Al Jazeera is launching its English-speaking edition online Nov. 15 or so, or maybe it's up. Thanks for the mental jog.

The now 10-year-old net based in Dubai is expanding globally. It manages to tick just about everyone off, so I'm kind of interested to hear its global view and then decide for myself. I still think most of us don't know enough about what's happening in Iraq and what the new Senate and House should actually do about it.

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