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Post Election News Coverage

Nov 13, 2012

The panelists discuss news coverage of the results of the 2012 presidential election.

Much of the discussion centers around Republican consultant and Fox commentator Karl Rove’s insistence on election night that Fox was jumping the gun by declaring President Barack Obama had won Ohio and thus earned enough electoral votes to be re-elected.

The panelists credit Fox for sticking with its projections – which proved to be correct. Ultimately reporting won out over partisan spin.

Rove and other conservatives felt pre-election polling showed Republican Mitt Romney would win the election. That has Shop Talk panelist Lisa Kernek wondering if there are too many pundits offering spin and not enough factual news coverage.

Panelist Mike Murray wondered if Republican polling before the election failed to take into account the number of blacks, Latinos, and other non-whites who would vote. Kernek also pointed out women voters usually outnumber men and she questioned whether that was taken into account. Blacks, Latinos, and women generally voted in favor of Obama.