Inauguration Notes: The Day After


By SteveK Comment

• The New York Times’ Alessandra Stanley takes a wide look at the spectrum of TV coverage yesterday. “Viewers were never quite sure where to look: Television celebrated a new president making history, but the screen also belonged to those millions in Washington who made history just by showing up,” she writes. She also notes that through all the coverage, “The best narration was wordless.”

• Paul J. Gough of The Hollywood Reporter writes about the CNN control room yesterday. “Fifty pool cameras are taking in everything at the Capitol, along with 46 high-definition cameras that CNN have set up on their own, as well as feeds from all over the country as the nation tunes in to watch Obama’s inauguration,” he writes. As for the Roberts/Obama oath flub, CNN correspondent Jeffrey Toobin said, “I almost fell out of my chair. It’s only a 35-word oath.”

• The Los Angeles Times‘ Scott Collins writes “Fox News was the only major national TV outlet that carried a live telecast of former President Bush’s homecoming speech to cheering supporters in Midland, Texas.” While it is true FNC took the majority of the 20-minute speech, MSNBC also was live as Bush approached the podium. After he began his speech, Chris Matthews said they would monitor the feed and returned to the parade.