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Election Night: MSNBC (Part 1)

by Allison Waldman, posted Nov 4th 2008 8:45PM
Election Plaza If you're a regular watcher of MSNBC, the Election Night coverage feels like a suped-up version of the usual prime time line-up. They're calling it Election Plaza, overlooking Rockefeller Center, with giant screens, flags and -- my favorite -- the map of the United States on the ice skating rink.

6:30 The main desk is set with David Gregory center-most, Chris Matthews to his right, Keith Olbermann to his left. Yes, Keith is on the left. It some ways it looked like the last supper, only without the food.

6:45 My main problem with MSNBC is this framing device showing information on the right, the top and the bottom of the screen. This is what Lewis Black was screaming about at the Emmys in 2007. There's too much information on the screen. This reminds me of ESPN coverage of the NFL Draft.

7:00 Is it just my imagination or is Keith on his best behavior? Remember, during the Democratic convention he was smacked down by the critics for jousting on camera with Joe Scarborough and Chris. Keith is playing nice with others...so far.

7:07 The overall look is very The West Wing. I keep expecting Martin Sheen to come through those French doors to talk to Ann Curry about those exit polls!

7:15 Chuck Todd, the man with the map, is in a separate set with a podium. If you think Obama's Roman/Greek columns in Denver were pompous, this matched it. Between the columns and the flags, it's quite a sight.

7:25 Rachel Maddow being included in the main desk underscores her status as the network's rising star. She's sure up to the challenge. She's become the Ellen DeGeneres of MSNBC; everybody likes her and she's cute.

7:55 The tape of McCain on his plane saying goodbye to the press corps looked really sad. He sounded resigned to losing. Maybe I'm projecting, but he didn't seem very optimistic.

8:05 Okay, the projections have begun and the numbers are flying. Still to be called are the biggies...Florida, Virginia, Pennsylvania and Indiana. Seems like they know more than they're sharing. I think they're all gun shy from 2000 and 2004, holding back on these exit poll numbers because of those elections.

8:10 Joe is talking about out how John McCain is going to lose. This is significant. "The thread is very thin," says Morning Joe.

8:11 New Hampshire for Obama. Well, if the electoral college tie were ever to play out, that's a tie-breaker for the Democrat.

8:12 Sounds like they're tempted to call Pennsylvania any minute now. Barack's Grandmother's absentee ballot will be counted even though she died the day before Election Day.

8:24 That's it -- they've projected Pennsylvania. It may be time to pop the corks. Experts say that McCain can't win without PA.

Well, I'm going to keep watching. Check back in a few hours for more MSNBC musings...

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Why does Rachel Maddow's sexual orientation always have to come up? We know. We know. Alright? The woman is charming, brilliant and has a great career but above all else she is perspicacious and knows how to get to the point and knows how to make her point. I don't know how well she'd do as say a traveling reporter, reporting from location in Somalia or Afghanistan but she's a great inside person. I don't see her as an anchor on a nightly network news program either. We need her POV. So I don't care if she is homosexual, heterosexual, asexual, a hermaphrodite, a she male, a cross dresser or a drunk. I want Rachel Maddow on the air just giving me her thoughtful perspective.

November 05 2008 at 4:08 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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