Networks Call Obama Victory

Nov 5, 2008  •  Post A Comment

Television networks at 11 p.m. EST called Sen. Barack Obama the winner of an election campaign that generated huge voter turnout and big ratings, TelevisionWeek reports. As early as 9 p.m., CBS quoted an aid to Republican John McCain as saying he needed “a miracle” to avoid defeat. “Fearful to an almost pathological point of calling states too soon (and being criticized for it later), networks took turns being wildly cautious, perhaps none more so than CNN,” the Washington Post says. “When it could have been calling Ohio for Obama, CNN instead cut to an election-night performance by Hank Williams Jr., a quixotic editorial decision and a ridiculous waste of time.” Even Comedy Central stopped joking long enough to announce Obama had won, according to the Associated Press. Campaign addicts now confront the morning after, the Wall Street Journal says.
— Jon Lafayette

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