NBC News anchor Brian Williams went on CBS’ Late Show With David Letterman tonight to talk about last night’s election coverage — the polls, the results and Karl Rove’s reaction to Fox News Channel calling the race for Barack Obama. Here’s a preview:
Nikki Finke reported in real time on Karl Rove questioning Fox News’ own judgment last night after the network called Ohio for Barack Obama. It was fascinating TV: live, awkward and, in the end, humiliating.
Obama Wins & Romney Concedes – Finally: But FNC Says “Not So Fast” At First When Mitt (And Karl Rove) Act Like Sore Losers Even After Networks Call Ohio For Barack: Deadline Live-Snarks TV News Coverage
BREAKING… Refresh For latest updates… TUESDAY 9:43 PM: FNC reports that Mitt Romney has just called President Obama and conceded. FNC’s Carl Cameron now says Romney aides expect his public concession speech to come at 9:55 PM. This happens just as Virginia is called for Obama (courtesy of Politico news alert). Mitt comes out and concedes. Look for this guy — the ‘Hollywood” guy: Romney Strategist’s Ties To George Clooney – to get much of the blame for Mitt’s losing campaign. I’m outta here because the moronic TV news anchors and pundits are already talking about 2016. Ugh.
TUESDAY 8:57 PM: Drama, drama, drama, tonight on Fox News Channel this Election Night. Now Karl Rove is backing down after FNC demonstrates his Ohio numbers were outdated and that President Obama indeed won Ohio. Fascinating television but also public humiliation for Rove. Ouch! FNC handled an extremely awkward situation very professionally. While this drama unfolds, Obama picks up battleground Nevada. Then Colorado.
TUESDAY 8:35 PM: FNC’s Decision Desk now tells Megyn Kelly ”we’re quite comfortable” with calling Ohio for President Obama and disputes Karl Rove’s claims. FNC number-crunchers says “quite a lot” of Democratic votes still out there to count despite what Rove contends. Talk about fascinating television!
TUESDAY 8:28 PM: FNC pundit Karl Rove just said on air to Chris Wallace: …
Comedy Central went live tonight at 8 PM with their Election Night coverage. But within minutes Obama won re-election and Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert barely had time to deliver a punch line. The Daily Show’s Democalypse 2012 started off with a plethora of journalistic cameos including ABC’s George Stephanopoulos, CBS’ Bob Schieffer, NBC’s Tom Brokaw a hologram of Edward R. Murrow and “Anderson Cooper and his golden saxophone.” Patrick Stewart did the intro voice-over. Stewart opened the show with a list of states and Senate races that have already been called. Mitt Romney, Stewart announced, has won “most of the Confederacy”. NBC called Obama’s victory at 8:12 PM but the Daily Show still continued with segments for several minutes. One segment threw Presidential politics forward to 2016 with a fake pundit panel projecting that Hilary Clinton had a 68% chance of victory over Jeb Bush. At 8:21 PM PT, Stewart finally said, “the Presidency is projected to stay in control of the Democratic Party. We are projecting Barack Obama is the President of the United States.” The studio audience went crazy. “House of Representatives, Republican. Senate, Democrats. Presidency, Barack Obama. Two years, $3 billion dollars and we are clearly in the same fucking place we were when it started,” Stewart quickly added. The swearing was blanked out by Comedy Central. In 2008, Stewart and Colbert announced Obama’s win during that year’s live Presidential race show.