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Photo Finish

Friday, October 31, 2008

On election day, whether you pull the lever, touch the screen or punch the card you always pull the curtain. But a number of people this year are advocating you make your vote more public by photographing it and uploading it to the web.

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Time’s Up

Friday, October 31, 2008

After these many months, the campaign season is finally coming to a close. All of the angles have been explored, all the polls parsed and the candidates thoroughly vetted. Or not. Politico’s Kenneth Vogel rounds up a list of documents that the so-called candidates of change never did ...

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Ghost of Bradley Present

Friday, October 24, 2008

Everyone's speculating on whether this election will produce a Bradley effect, a phenomenon where white voters tell pollsters they'll vote for the black candidate but actually pull the lever for the white candidate. The term comes from Tom Bradley's 1982 California gubernatorial run, but Democratic and ...

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Poll Dancer

Friday, October 24, 2008

As a veteran analyst, CBS News senior political correspondent Jeff Greenfield has seen the advantages and fantastic drawbacks of mis-controlled exit polls. But given election night on-air responsibilities he thinks the 5pm quarantine is a good compromise. He’s looking forward to dancing the line between being poll-informed ...

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Magnetic Polls

Friday, October 24, 2008

When the exit polls are released from the quarantine room at 5pm EST on election day, they’ll be available to the major news broadcasters. They’ll also be incomplete, probably misleading and almost certainly leaked over the internet. Politico.com senior political writer David Kuhn says what the polls will certainly show ...

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Poll Me Twice

Friday, October 24, 2008

The 2000 and, to a lesser extent, 2004 election nights were big debacles for exit pollsters. Will 2008 be any different? Joe Lenski, co-founder and executive vice president of Edison Media Research, will conduct the exit polling for the TV news networks and the AP this year. He ...

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Swearing the Truth

Friday, October 17, 2008

Fact-checkers have been diligently pointing out all the untruths from the campaigns this election cycle, but what can be done to prevent the candidates from lying in the first place? Bob proposes a measure to do just that. He calls it "The Oath."

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La Otra Eleccion

Friday, October 17, 2008

When immigration issues brought millions of Latino protesters across the country into the streets in 2006, their signs read ‘Today We March – Tomorrow We Vote.’ That tomorrow is now and both presidential candidates are courting Latinos with Spanish-language outreach. Federico ...

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Keeping them Honest?

Friday, October 17, 2008

This election cycle has seen the proliferation of new organizations devoted to fact-checking, as well as new fact-checking desks at established media outlets. But has this increased scrutiny done anything to quell the untruths? The Politico's Daniel Libit says all these truth-squaders might drown ...

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A Week in the Life

Friday, September 26, 2008

Brooke and Bob reflect on some of the McCain campaign's challenging media moments this week. Some highlights? A near mutiny by reporters, a much criticized interview performance, and the wrath of Letterman.

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The Old Switcheroo

Friday, September 19, 2008

You can take the politician out of Washington, but you can’t take Washington out of the politician. It’s the hottest rhetorical device of campaign ’08 says Slate assistant editor Juliet Lapidos. And it’s called antimetabole.

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Uncorrectable

Friday, September 19, 2008

There’s been no shortage of fact-checkers this campaign season. But Washington Post columnist Shankar Vedantam explains that a number of new studies suggest people don't let go of political misinformation after hearing a correction. In fact, the misinformation spreads.

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Pass It On

Friday, September 12, 2008

Email is the easiest and cheapest way to tell political lies. And you can’t blame the campaigns, or even journalists because these emails rarely cross the desks of editors. Bill Adair, editor of Politifact.com, weighs in on what’s true and what’s not from the latest crop of smear emails.

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Stick Up

Friday, September 12, 2008

How does a non story become the story? The answer has to do with outrageous accusations, cost free ads, back and forth squabbling and media outlets that are left to sort through the noise. WNYC's political director Andrea Bernstein weighs in on ...

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Crunching the Numbers

Friday, September 05, 2008

Nate Silver created a remarkably accurate computer system that projects stats for baseball players and teams. Now he's turned his attention to polling data for the presidential election with his website Five Thirty Eight. Silver explains how his site can out-perform the polling firms, ...

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Margins of Error

Friday, September 05, 2008

During the presidential campaign, media hang on the results of nearly every poll. But David Moore, former senior editor for the Gallup Poll, says polls inaccurately portray a consensus on issues the public often knows little or nothing about.

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Kiss Off

Friday, September 05, 2008

At the Republican National Convention this week, politicians and their spokespeople levied harsh criticisms at the elitist, " left-wing" media. The main complaint seemed to be reporters' insistence on asking questions about vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin. Will the media fall for ...

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Fool Me Twice

Friday, August 22, 2008

"The Obama Nation" contains incendiary charges against Barack Obama. But unlike Corsi’s 2004 bestseller "Unfit for Command" about John Kerry, his claims don’t seem to be sticking to the candidate this time around. Media Matters' Eric Boehlert says that's partly because liberals have learned from the past.

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Obama Nation Abomination

Friday, August 22, 2008

Jerome Corsi's bestseller "The Obama Nation," published by an imprint of Simon&Shuster, leaves much to be desired when it comes to fact checking. Radar Online's Charles Kaiser says the lack of facts in the book says something worrying about the publishing industry.

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The Media Hearts Obama?

Friday, July 25, 2008

All three network anchors and dozens of other reporters followed Barack Obama on his whirlwind tour through the Mideast and Europe this week, sparking humor-infused complaints from the John McCain campaign. Project for Excellence in Journalism Director Tom Rosenstiel says there's nothing new about ...

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