Daily Archives: November 7, 2012

* At left: The cover that the New York Post decided not to run. (
* Fox News struggles with Obama’s win. (
* CNN wins the election-night ratings contest. (
* Please, ABC News, explain Diane Sawyer’s election-night behavior! (
* Why New York Times was slow to declare Obama the winner. (
* A journalism professor is critical of Walter Kirn’s TNR essay about Ohio. (
* Sinclair station anchor who participated in anti-Obama special says she “had no choice in the matter.” (
* Butterworth: Hiring Nate Silver has been the smartest move in NYT’s digital strategy, but… (
* How college newspapers covered Obama’s re-election. (
* Dutch tabloid publishes two front pages — one for each potential election outcome. (

Donald Trump started dumping on Brian Williams earlier today after the NBC anchor told viewers that The Donald has “driven well past the last exit to relevance and veered into something closer to irresponsible.”

I wondered: Who’s Trump been more critical of — Williams or Rosie O’Donnell?

Let’s go to the insults:

Brian Williams is… a “dummy” who was “never a smart guy.” He’s a ratings loser, too — probably because he’s “boring.” No, make that totally boring.”

Rosie O’Donnell is… “a pig and a degenerate” who happens to be “a bully,” too. On top of that, she’s “a total loser” who “just hasn’t got it.” That makes her “strictly third rate.”

The verdict: Trump needs to step it up with his BriWi barbs.

* Donald Trump laces into Brian Williams (

— Iowa City Press-Citizen

There was a lot of excellent election reporting last night (and campaign coverage throughout the year), but readers love to share the screw-ups that they find. The editor of Gannett’s Iowa City Press-Citizen editor wasn’t available to discuss this when I called, but a staffer confirms that “President-elect Mitt Romney” appeared on 12A of today’s paper. (Janelle Rettig tweeted the clip and Patrick Hogan forwarded it to me.)

The good news is that the Press-Citizen has President Obama as the winner on its front page.

* Earlier: Ithaca Journal goes with “UNDECIDED” headline for presidential race
* Jay Rosen’s awards for 2012 campaign coverage (


Lou Brancaccio, editor of The Columbian in Vancouver, WA, tells Romenesko readers: “I had a little fun with this column back in Feb. Increased the odds to 4-1 in an August column. Just sayin’. ….got a lot of grief back in Feb in phone calls. and so far [today] a few calls saying, “good call.” In Aug. when I upped the odds to 4-1 (when others said the race was closing) got even more grief!”

* How would you write day-after-election-story lead? (

Ithaca Journal news assistant Kitty Hall tells me that the Gannett paper went to press at 11 p.m. (Its usual deadline is 8 p.m.) “We kind of knew [Obama] was going to win then, but we need to be really, really lockdown certain before we print it.” The president was declared the winner about 20 minutes after presses started rolling, she says. (AP called Obama the winner at 11:38 p.m. ET.)

The UNDECIDED headline “is one of the unfortunate things of the newspaper business,” says Hall. A few readers called to complain, she tells me, but “some people don’t understand; they think we print the paper in the morning.”

* The Ithaca Journal | See the front page at

* Alessandra Stanley: “Fox News was the channel to watch on this election night.” ( | Roger Ailes’ network had “the most bizarre on-air encounter of election night.” (
* The five stages of Fox News grief. (

* Fox News: Five ways the mainstream media tipped the scales in favor of Obama. (
* Dick Morris, who predicted a Romney landslide, explains what went wrong. (
* Nate Silver takes his bows after correctly calling the election. ( | WaPo checks out the fake Silver Twitter account. (
* Mark Cuban to Silver: “Way to stick to your guns and ignore the noise!” (@mcuban)
* How newspapers played Obama’s re-election on their front pages. (
* ABC News had a power outage just as the election was being decided. (AP via
* Did “tipsy” Diane Sawyer start celebrating early? (AP via | “Definitely probably drunk.” (
* Jay Rosen hands out his 2012 campaign coverage awards. (
* Politico had over 40 million page views on Tuesday. (

* Check out larger views of the Bloomberg Businessweek covers on the left. (
* The gubernatorial candidate backed by the Seattle Times with a controversial ad campaign refuses to concede. (
* News Corp. earnings get a boost from an asset sale, but the publishing division’s profit drops 48%. (
* WSJ: Cable operators are concerned consumers might be canceling their pay-TV services in favor of cheaper options, like online video. ( | Earlier: My break-up with Comcast. (
* Netflix now accounts for 33% of peak residential downstream traffic in North America. (