Saturday, January 5, 2008
This week was all about Iowa, which has been well-covered here, but I wanted to point out one tech item that was quite fun...
Here is Tom Foreman working it old-school as he tries to explain how the Democratic caucuses work in Iowa...
And here is Jeffrey Toobin showing off the new Magic Board: they start with all the candidates listed at the top and 100 question marks representing the caucus-goers...
...then, after using the touch-screen technology to slide the 'people' into one camp or another, which automatically changed the question marks to that candidate's logo. At the same time, the percentages are being calculated so that their viability can be ascertained.
Wolf and Jack, together again! On Wednesday, while Wolf was in NYC Jack joined him on the set during 'The Situation Room' for The Cafferty File.
Where in the World...?
Hard to believe that Monday was New Year's Eve, it already seems like ages ago! But on that day, Zain Verjee and senior business correspondent Ali Velshi (above) were in Islamabad, Pakistan, reporting on the still-echoing ramifications of Benazir Bhutto's assassination. (No one has yet figured out why Ali went; he reported on the assassination itself, not any kind of financial issues. Perhaps he simply volunteered for it -- at any rate, he did great work over there.)
Also, Miles O'Brien was on the Newsroom set in Atlanta for a segment on Monday, while Dana Bash and Suzanne Malveaux were preparing for things in Des Moines.
By Wednesday, it seemed like the CNN folks were fairly evenly divided between New York and Iowa. John Roberts was in Iowa City, while Candy Crowley and Tom Foreman were in Des Moines; Wolf Blitzer hosted 'The Sit Room' from NYC, Ali Velshi was back in NYC, and Soledad O'Brien and Anderson Cooper were there in the spiffy Election Center as well. Meanwhile, Fredericka Whitfield and Rob Marciano were holding down the Newsroom fort in Atlanta.
The Thursday caucus saw all the great technology put to use, and with Election Center nearly full to bursting with reporters, anchors, and pundits it was a well-spent evening.
Friday, John Roberts was back to NY, and American Morning kicked off an hour early to accommodate all the caucus news.
Saturday, John King hosted the New Hampshire version of Ballot Bowl from Bedford, NH, while Dana Bash and Suzanne Malveaux reported from various sites around the state. Tuesday should be very interesting to watch!