Politico’s Calderone Talks Kennedy Coverage On The Menu


This morning, Politico.com’s Michael Calderone took a few minutes out of this hectic news day in Washington to join the mediabistro.com Morning Media Menu. Calderone told hosts Jason Boog of GalleyCat and AgencySpy‘s Matt Van Hoven what it has been like to cover Sen. Edward Kennedy since news of his death broke late last night.

“As you can imagine, it’s been pretty chaotic,” Calderone said of the past few hours. “Here at Politico I was getting emails from the very early morning hours. Thankfully we’ve had reporters and editors who basically have been covering this story all night, both from the obituary to some of what this means for Washington, for the Congress, for Obama’s health care reform initiative. It’s just an all-encompassing story that really is going to be covered in Washington for days and weeks to come.”

“The biggest news story for the past five weeks has been health care…and this has been one of the signature issues of Ted Kennedy’s life in the Senate,” Calderone added. “So it’s almost impossible, even with his death, to continue the health care debate and in some ways not touch upon his legacy and what this means and how it will play out without Massachusetts having a senator.”

Also discussed: Kennedy’s upcoming memoirs, who might take over Kennedy’s mantle in the Senate, and non-Kennedy news like Sony’s unveiling of its new e-reader yesterday.

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