Media Coverage: When Changing the Channel Isn't Enough

It happens every election night. You're watching one channel, and a particular host or pundit is so obnoxious or out to lunch in his/her commentary, you change the channel. Only to have it happen at the next station. And again. Until you turn back to the first one and repeat the whole process. Then you try hitting the mute button so you can listen to the ones you like.

I'm watching Brian Williams, Tom Brokaw and David Gregory on NBC and the local news. Sane coverage. On MSNBC, Olbermann, Rachel and Chuck Todd were okay, but Chris Matthews had a typical screaming fit, arguing with a female politician about the health care bill (on election night? Who cares?) and that was it for MSNBC.

So, who's really gotten your goat tonight? And where did you go to escape them?

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    We ordered pizza and salad and watched Glee (5.00 / 1) (#3)
    by Angel on Tue Nov 02, 2010 at 08:36:33 PM EST

    Now I'm going to bed with a good book.  Hoping that Reid pulls it out in Nevada.  

    Oh! ....and go Feingold!!! (none / 0) (#6)
    by Angel on Tue Nov 02, 2010 at 08:47:06 PM EST
    Watched one minute of David Brooks (5.00 / 1) (#4)
    by ruffian on Tue Nov 02, 2010 at 08:38:37 PM EST
    Then one minute of Wolf Blitzer bloviating about Florida voting machines and went to my tivo'd Sherlock Holmes. You all are keeping me updated- thanks!

    Not sure I can take anymore (5.00 / 2) (#13)
    by ruffian on Tue Nov 02, 2010 at 09:48:25 PM EST
    Tthese people did not think the government was at all out of control when they started 2 wars, spied on citizens, locked people up with no habeas corpus, etc.  But let the spend a pittance on new jobs and enact a mediocre halth care plan and look out! They're soooo out of control.

    Martha Coakley (none / 0) (#1)
    by CST on Tue Nov 02, 2010 at 08:27:12 PM EST
    giving her victory speech for Attorney General.


    and to escape (none / 0) (#2)
    by CST on Tue Nov 02, 2010 at 08:29:51 PM EST
    I'm going back to Bones.

    Thank Allah for netflix.


    Brooks sent me to MSNBC then Rubio (none / 0) (#5)
    by esmense on Tue Nov 02, 2010 at 08:44:48 PM EST
    sent me here. I'm finding the acceptance speeches harder to take than the pundits but that isn't saying that the pundits aren't really hard to take. I'm going to check my email and retire to a crossword puzzle.

    I'm watching Nova.... (none / 0) (#8)
    by desertswine on Tue Nov 02, 2010 at 09:10:40 PM EST
    It's a show about elevators. Some guy in NYC was trapped in one for 41 hours. I'll tune in sometime later.

    It's kind of the same feeling (5.00 / 0) (#9)
    by jbindc on Tue Nov 02, 2010 at 09:13:45 PM EST
    we will have over the next two years with Boehner as the Speaker.

    I watched that too... (none / 0) (#14)
    by keekster on Tue Nov 02, 2010 at 09:50:48 PM EST
    interesting and scary.

    Am @ Island for (none / 0) (#10)
    by oculus on Tue Nov 02, 2010 at 09:18:27 PM EST
    post-trip quesadilla and guac fix. Monitors are showing college football and endless summer surfing flicks.

    Ventured into the ABC pool (none / 0) (#11)
    by ruffian on Tue Nov 02, 2010 at 09:22:18 PM EST
    Diane Sawyer....ugh.

    Hmm, Jim Sensebrenner on my teevee (none / 0) (#12)
    by Cream City on Tue Nov 02, 2010 at 09:28:45 PM EST
    looking like Jabba the Hut in Star Wars

    . . . or Pawn Stars.


    All politics are local ... at least tonight (none / 0) (#15)
    by robrecht on Tue Nov 02, 2010 at 10:46:28 PM EST
    I went to our local election party to celebrate our one win and drown our sorrows for our one loss.  Much more fun than watching TV.  Could have been worse.

    The "female politician" (none / 0) (#16)
    by gyrfalcon on Wed Nov 03, 2010 at 03:29:52 AM EST
    Matthews was having a screaming argument with was Michele Bachmann, easily the flat-out craziest of the crazies.

    Which ... (none / 0) (#19)
    by Yman on Wed Nov 03, 2010 at 08:04:07 AM EST
    ... easily the flat-out craziest of the crazies.

    ... one?  :)


    Oddly enough (none / 0) (#20)
    by jbindc on Wed Nov 03, 2010 at 08:10:57 AM EST
    When I braved to turn on MSNBC around midnight, Chris Matthews was being well, intelligent, and Rachel Maddow (who get my nomination for biggest horse's a$$) was being dumb.  Matthews was talking about how, looking at the map, the Democrats  not only lost the South a long time ago, but their real problems for 2012 are going to be from Pennsylvania to Minnesota - the "Rust Belt", where Dems got shellacked last night.  

    All Maddow kept talking about was Nevada and Harry Reid and saying this was such a blow to Republicans and it was a bad night for them.  I wondered if she was watching the same returns I was watching.  Yes, Reid won, but look at the map you nitwit!  It's all red!  She is truly a cheerleader and was not living in reality last night  - maybe it was the late hour and she needed sleep!


    That's my opinion, too (none / 0) (#22)
    by gyrfalcon on Fri Nov 05, 2010 at 12:22:26 AM EST
    Maddow is a full-time horse's youknowwhat, and Matthews is nowhere near the youknowwhat the folks on lefty blogs who never watch him but read the occasional sound bite, think he is.

    But I'm more interested in figuring out what's actually going on than I am in agitprop.  I have absolutely no use for Maddow.  Ptui!


    FSTV was pretty good (none / 0) (#17)
    by splashy on Wed Nov 03, 2010 at 05:37:09 AM EST
    With their commentary. I enjoyed it for a while, then went on to something else entirely.

    Not just elections (none / 0) (#18)
    by Abdul Abulbul Amir on Wed Nov 03, 2010 at 07:45:51 AM EST
    there is a funny post up on MSNBC coverage (none / 0) (#21)
    by Capt Howdy on Wed Nov 03, 2010 at 02:18:03 PM EST
    at the daily beast.

    Matthews asked Bachmann if she was hypnotized. Olbermann feared the Tea Party would eat away at the Earth's core. O'Donnell prepared for the Rand Paul end times. WATCH VIDEO of the liberal network's most distraught moments on Election Night.