Friday, October 29, 2004

SUPER DUPER TUESDAY One of the things that's frustrating about televised election night coverage is that, after spending months and months focusing almost exclusively on the horse race, the networks do an abysmal job of reporting that race's results.

And here I'm talking not just 2000: On election night in each of the last several cycles, the broadcast and cable networks have in large measure steered clear of the untelegenic but journalistically crucial work of number crunching and data analysis, prefering instead to focus on "trends" and to gossip about the outcome's implications for the future.

At CONTRAPOSITIVE, posting on Tuesday will likely be sporadic during the day. In the evening, the plan is to open up threads relating to several topics (e.g. PRESIDENTIAL RACE, TENENBAUM vs. DeMINT, etc.) and to update those threads as the evening unfolds.

To be sure, we will be consulting our near-empty rolodex of media and political contacts throughout the night in an effort to get the inside scoop and pass it along.

But the site's focus will be on the kind of raw results that the networks are likely to spend most of the evening downplaying and misunderstanding.

Not sure how it will all work out, but for now that's the plan.

CONTRAPOSITIVE is edited by Dan Aibel. Dan's a playwright. He lives in New York City.