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1. America Matured by Choosing Obama,' Makes 'A More Perfect Union' The broadcast network evening newscasts on Wednesday night all marked Barack Obama's victory with stories on celebrations around the world, the joy expressed by African-Americans and how newspapers sold out as people cheered in the streets. NBC anchor Brian Williams hailed: "As one columnist put it, America matured in 2008 by choosing Barack Obama." CBS, however, aired the most triumphant story. Though Ronald Reagan earned nearly 59 percent of the vote in 1984 and George Bush captured more than 53 percent four years later, an awed Byron Pitts began... continue reading
1. MSNBC Trumpets Obama's Win: 'This is What the World Wanted' At about 2:50 AM EST Wednesday morning, MSNBC went live to NBC News reporter Dawna Friesen in London for world reaction to Barack Obama's election and she triumphantly declared: "It's not an overstatement to say that this is what the world wanted. Poll after poll done in countries around the world over the past few months has showed that people wanted Barack Obama to win." After blurry video of Kenyans dancing and singing a song which "had only two words, 'Obama' and 'miracle,'" Friesen held up the front page... continue reading
1. Couric Delivers One Last Pre-Election Fawning Obama Interview Just as with all his previous interviews with the broadcast network anchors, Barack Obama had nothing to fear from his final pre-election sit-down, this time with CBS's Katie Couric, who laughed along with him about being a "nervous wreck" on election day, raised Jeremiah Wright not to press him about Wright's incendiary anti-American rants but to ask if the McCain campaign had given its "approval" to a state party to raise the topic, and concluded by fawning: "If things go your way on Tuesday and you become this nation's first African-American... continue reading
1. NBC's Brian Williams Empathizes with the 'Human' in Obama Just as he did in two earlier interviews with Barack Obama when he held up magazine covers and asked Obama to glow in the moment, in an excerpt from this week's session with Obama aired on Friday's NBC Nightly News, Williams cued up Obama with another visual image -- this time holding up a photograph of Obama in sandals in Honolulu when he went for a walk after visiting his dying grandmother -- to empathize: "The human in you, and the husband and father and grandson must want to just... continue reading
1. After Discrediting McCain, Williams Again Cozies Up to Obama A week after NBC's Brian Williams spent his time with John McCain and Sarah Palin in Ohio discrediting the accuracy of their claims and pushing for assurance their campaign wouldn't mention Jeremiah Wright, Williams on Thursday night in Florida returned to the same cozy approach with Barack Obama, though without the memories of mom, he employed in earlier interviews with the Democratic candidate. After declaring Obama's campaign is "fueled by the urgent fight to fix the economy," Williams cited fresh bad economic news before cuing up Obama: "How do you... continue reading
1. Matthews Glows On Obamamercial: 'Fabulous...Just Right...Realism' Chris Matthews came aboard the shortened Countdown after MSNBC, unlike FNC and CNN, aired the Obama campaign's half-hour infomercial on Wednesday night, and oozed over how "it was romance. It was realism" and "most important, the connection with the average person in the economic turmoil we face right now I thought was fabulous." Plus, the setting reminiscent of the Oval Office demonstrated "he's comfortable and we should be comfortable and will be with him in such a setting." Bottom line for Matthews: "I thought everything was just right." 2. NBC Frets Obviously Fake... continue reading
1. CBS Showcases Republicans Upset by 'Ugly and Nasty' McCain In a Tuesday night look at the battle for Pennsylvania, the CBS Evening News chose to check how, anchor Katie Couric reported, voters in the Keystone state "are doing some last-minute soul-searching." The story showcased husband and wife "registered Republicans" who are upset by what reporter Jeff Glor characterized as McCain's "overwhelmingly negative" TV ads. The husband, who conceded he'll be voting for Obama, declared: "I just don't think it's necessary to be that ugly and that nasty against the opponent." His wife concurred: "I think it actually hurts their... continue reading
1. CBS Evening News Spikes Newly Found Obama 'Redistributive' Audio YouTube postings over the weekend divulged a 2001 radio interview in which Barack Obama regretted that "the Supreme Court never ventured into the issues of redistribution of wealth, and sort of more basic issues of political and economic justice in this society," but though John McCain on Monday cited this new evidence of Obama's long-standing advocacy of redistributing wealth, the CBS Evening News offered nothing more than a McCain soundbite surrounded by reporter Chip Reid discrediting the criticism as he relayed the Obama campaign's charge McCain had made a "false,... continue reading
1. NBC Piles on Palin: Confused, Wardrobe, Unqualified, Deposition Friday's NBC Nightly News carried the third excerpt from Brian Williams' time Wednesday with John McCain and Sarah Palin and, unlike his challenging approach to basic McCain-Palin premises in segments aired Wednesday and Thursday night, Williams kept it light as he asked how she's "liking" the campaign trail, wondered, when she cited "lies" about her, if there's "anything you want to correct the record on?" and raised "the inevitable question about her future in politics?" But he made up for the soft take in advance by prefacing the interview excerpt with... continue reading
1. By Nearly 8-to-1, Voters Say Journalists Want Obama to Win "Voters overwhelmingly believe that the media wants Barack Obama to win the presidential election," a Pew Research Center for the People and the Press survey released Wednesday discovered. Specifically: "By a margin of 70%-9%, Americans say most journalists want to see Obama, not John McCain, win on Nov. 4. Another 8% say journalists don't favor either candidate, and 13% say they don't know which candidate most reporters support." The question: "Who do you think most newspaper reporters and TV journalists want to see win the presidential election -- Barack... continue reading