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March 28, 2012 at 6:30 AM

The Etch A Sketch impact

Illustration by Jessica Esch. ( One week ago this morning, Mitt Romney was still patting himself on the back after a double-digit victory in the March 20 Illinois primary. The celebration was short lived. Later that day, Romney communications director Eric Fehrnstrom appeared on CNN and when answering a question related to conservative stances if his candidate…


Comments | Topics: CNN, Election 2012, Etch-a-Sketch

January 25, 2012 at 2:25 PM

Why big media was the biggest loser in South Carolina

From the opening minutes of the CNN Southern Republican Debate in Charleston, SC on Thursday, the tone was combative. But it wasn’t the candidates going after each other.

CNN moderator John King opened by asking candidate Newt Gingrich to address allegations of infidelity made by his former wife in an interview with ABC News.

Rather than respond to the allegations, Gingrich unleashed an angry tirade on King, and the rest of the “elite media,” to a rousing applause from the audience.

“I think the destructive, vicious, negative nature of much of the news media makes it harder to govern this country, harder to attract decent people to run for public office. And I am appalled that you would begin a presidential debate on a topic like that.” Gingrich said, leaving the CNN anchor stammering to defend himself.

Whether or not it was the right choice of opening question, one thing is clear: in the debate, as in the campaign as a whole, slamming the media is a sure way to win points with voters.

Reporters mob Rick Santorum in the Spin Room after the CNN Southern Republican Debate

Over the course of our week in South Carolina, I heard numerous references to the ‘elite’ or ‘liberal’ media from all four of the candidates.

Which makes sense. It’s a brilliant tactic, which allows the candidate to paint them selves as an underdog in touch with the common folk, who can’t get the tough truths they’re delivering out to more potential supporters because they’re being censored and attacked by a biased media machine.


Comments | Topics: CNN, debate, elite media

January 21, 2012 at 12:43 AM

Video: The Apostle Paul

COLUMBIA — Nobody out-passions Ron Paul supporters.

Talk to any journalist, pundit, pollster or operative who is covering or working the Republican Party presidential campaign, and they have vivid stories of the energy, the enthusiasm, the loyalty of Paulians, the term by which they self-identify.

This passion gets channeled in various ways. Paulians are particularly angered at the mainstream press for what they perceive to be negative and unequal treatment of their candidate. I follow a number of leading national presidential reporters and pollsters on my twitter feed, and pretty much every day at least one of them shares some experience with disgruntled Paul supporters.


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January 20, 2012 at 10:45 AM

The Spin Room

CHARLESTON — The Spin Room is the place that presidential candidates send their supporters and surrogates to unabashedly advocate on their behalf after presidential debates. Also in the room are pundits who have no candidate affiliation but are experts on certain matters. It’s called the Spin Room because each person puts forward their perspective —…


Comments | Topics: CNN, debate, Gingrich

January 20, 2012 at 8:47 AM

Inside the "Fight for the South" Debate

Inside the North Charleston Coliseum, facing the stage.

CHARLESTON – I thought I knew what to expect when I attended my first nationally televised debate last night, but I was wrong.

Arriving at the North Charleston Coliseum, Plan A for the UWElectionEye team was to go into the press entrance, where we thought our credentials for the event awaited us. Nope.  Plan B got us into the debate hall with voters and the candidates. Not bad at all.

We found the closest nose-bleed seats we could find, only to see that a building beam blocked the whole stage; that’s why they’d been left empty. So we moved up to an even higher location that was two rows from the back, which gave us a view of the whole spectacle before us.


Comments | Topics: charleston, CNN, debate

January 19, 2012 at 9:29 PM

Photos: A spectacle in South Carolina

CHARLESTON — Famed political scientist Murray Edelman declared that politics in America had become a spectacle. For example, in 1967 Edelman wrote, “For most men most of the time politics is a series of pictures in the mind, placed there by television news, newspapers, magazines, and discussions. The pictures create a moving panorama taking place…


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January 18, 2012 at 3:13 PM

A Newtmentum Heartbeat

WARRENVILLE, SC — Newt Gingrich is on the move upward in this state. The polls show it, his crowds suggest it, and his rhetoric feeds off it. Newtmentum is real, I can attest. At the Fox News presidential debate Monday night in Myrtle Beach, Gingrich received a standing ovation when he rebuked moderator Juan Williams over the…


Comments | Topics: CNN, Election 2012, Mitt Romney