Covering the Coverage of Election Coverage

By Andrew Gauthier 

TVSpy

While networks and stations have taken to covering elections with the type of flair usually reserved for a major sporting event, the coverage of election coverage has become its own sort of game. The New York Times, for instance, dispatched its two major media reporters, David Carr and Brian Stelter, to report live on what the major TV news organizations were, well, reporting live.

To this end, here’s a round-up of what critics, pundits, and media mavens had to say about Tuesday night’s election coverage…

St. Petersburg Times
“Throw a lot of flashy technology and big-name pundits at the whole mess and hope it all works out. That seemed the story of media coverage Tuesday” More…

The Washington Post
“TV’s election night, for all its technological whiz-bang, turned out to be the same as it ever was. It was confusing, too quick, too shallow and larded with commercials. ” More…

TIME’s Tuned In
“‘Wave,’ ‘tidal wave,’ ‘tsunami’-the terms for the midterm results in last night’s TV coverage were limited only by the English language’s number of terms for something really big from an ocean.” More…

Denver Post
“Election night 2010 was a victory for the merging media: old-school broadcasters fully embraced multiple platforms, streaming and tweeting volumes of information via social media.” More…

NPR’s Media Circus
“The majesty of the electoral process is such that the coverage by the nation’s top news outlets Tuesday led organically to a vital question: Exactly when did the CNN studios turn into the cover of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band?” More…

The New York Times
“The rapid rise of the Tea Party also gave networks an overarching theme for election night coverage. Television oftentimes favors colorful characters over substantive issues, and thanks in no small part to the conservative movement, a new cast filled TV screens” More…

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