CNN, WMUR’s multi-channel online debate coverage

By Steve Safran 

CNN‘s coverage of the Democrats’ debate in New Hampshire has some good features online. CNN has opened up Pipeline (soon to be free anyway) and you have a four different choices. My favorite is pictured below – “Pipe 3,” the real-time viewer response meter of what each candidate is saying (although a guide as to what each of those lines represents would be helpful, I get the idea). Least useful (and most awkward) is “Pipe 2,” the double box with Arianna Huffington and Michael Murphy, who are offering such insight as “That was a good answer,” and “Good challenge!” “Pipe 1” has the debate itself, with an alternate camera angle coming on “Pipe 4.”

Update: Hearst-Argyle’s digital EP Michael Gay points out in comments that the “Real Time Response” is WMUR’s technology, based at the station, powered by New Hampshire voters. The yellow line is indendent voters, red is Democrats, white is all viewers, pink is women and blue is men. You can see video excerpts here. Michael says that the “Real Time Response” stream was viewed by more people than the actual debate stream itself (which makes sense when you consider the debate was on TV.)

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