Posts Tagged ‘Politico’
The first Presidential debate of the 2012 campaign was critically important to the tone and trajectory of the campaign. Mitt Romney was the clear winner, and given the viewership of the debate, it couldn’t have been more important. As Politico reports:
An estimated 67.2 million people watched the presidential debate last night, according to Nielsen.
The total viewership, which includes 12 networks, was a 28 percent increase over the first presidential debate in 2008 between then-Sen. Barack Obama and Sen. John McCain, which drew 52.4 million viewers. 63.2 million watched Obama and McCain’s second debate; 56.5 million watched their third.
The rating includes total viewers for ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC, Univision, PBS, CNN, FOX News, MSNBC, CurrentTV and CNBC between 9 p.m and 10:30 p.m. ET, and for Telemundo’s airing on tape-delay. It does not include online viewership.
The highest-rated presidential debate in U.S. history was a 1980 debate between Ronald Reagan and Jimmy Carter, which had 80.6 million viewers.
This puts significant pressure on Joe Biden to salvage the Obama campaign and the President’s weak performance last night.
If Romney was in need of something that changed the dynamic of the race, he delivered in spades last night.
Former Utah Governor Jon Huntsman Jr. withdrew from the Presidential contest and endorsed Mitt Romney yesterday. Later that evening, Comedy Central late night host, Stephen Colbert claimed that he had pushed Huntsman out of the race.
Ok, that’s all fine and good for a laugh, but then Politico decides they haven’t jumped enough sharks and writes this story: “Colbert: I scared Huntsman off”
C’mon. Really?!? Politico needs to decide whether it’s an actual news gathering entity, or just a gossip rag. You’d never read this kind of story in the New York Times.
Politico, a DC-based newspaper, prides itself on being at the front end of political news and events.
They do in fact get the scoop on a regular basis. But is this really a “scoop”? Putting out a “breaking news” email severely undercuts their credibility as an actual news organization. I mean, seriously?
See for yourself.
POLITICO Breaking News
Comedian Stephen Colbert announced on “The Colbert Report” that he is exploring a presidential run in South Carolina, and made it legal by handing control of his super PAC to Jon Stewart in the opening segment of Thursday night’s show. “I am proud to announce that I am forming an exploratory committee to lay the groundwork for my possible candidacy for president of the United States of America of South Carolina,” Colbert said during the Thursday evening, several hours before airtime on Comedy Central.
Barack Obama’s transition from U.S. Senator to the Presidency is not going as smoothly as it should for “The One.” New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson was Obama’s first high profile Hispanic nominee for the Cabinet (Dept. of Commerce) but Richardson withdrew his name from nomination as a result of a federal investigation into a “pay to play” scheme in which prosecutors allege that Richardson awarded lucrative state contracts to political donors.
The Politico – which offers the best political coverage in D.C. – has an interesting story about how Obama’s vetters didn’t get the scoop on this investigation. So now we have people “vetting” the vetters
The issue about whether the vetting process was done appropriately will certainly emerge during the confirmation hearings of a variety of potential Obama Administration officials. You can bet that the “vetting” done by Republican Senate staff is going to be pretty thorough.