(screencap courtesy of Book Asylum)
So who is the star player on the Best Political Team on television: Wolf Blitzer, Anderson Cooper, Candy Crowley or John King? I enjoy all of the above but for me, the star is CNN's new toy, the Magic Wall. (okay, that was a trick question, sorry!)
Initially, Bohrman intended to wait until November to integrate the Magic Wall into CNN’s election night coverage. However, it was too good to wait, he said. The Perceptive Pixel technology shipped to CNN in New York last week, and programmers from the company customized the system’s software for last night’s coverage over the three days leading up to the Iowa caucus. “They’ve taken our elements and palettes and inco
rporated them into their graphic system to match our look,” Bohrman said.
And boy have they been getting their money's worth. The Magic Wall has been used during CNN's extensive caucus and primary coverage. I think it adds an interesting element to their political analysis. I really like how John King or Jeff Toobin can break down votes county by county in any given state.
Paul Farhi also writes about the Magic Wall in today's Washington Post. The creator of the wall, Jeff Han admits that news wasn't his first market for this technology. But to any viewer, it's an obvious fit.
So what does CNN do with the technology after the election season is a distant memory? Stay tuned, I'm sure the creative minds at CNN will come up with wonderful ways to enhance our viewing pleasure!
Super Tuesday Coverage Plans
The coverage will lead into a special edition of Larry King Live at midnight hosted by Larry King and featuring analysis and insight into the election results. Live political programming will resume on Wednesday, Feb. 6 with American Morning 6 a.m. As the dust settles, CNN’s correspondents, analysts and top-flight guests will talk about what the results mean for the presidential contenders. The continuous coverage will continue throughout the day and conclude with Anderson Cooper 360°.