Election's Media Winners, Losers

The best and worst in a season about image
By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 3, 2008 11:23 AM CST
Election's Media Winners, Losers
In this image released by CNN, chief national correspondent John King uses CNN's touch screen "magic board" at the 2008 Republican National Convention.   (AP Photo)

(Newser) – This election has been all about image—not just for the candidates, but for media personalities who have jumped into the fray. Scott Collins chooses its biggest success stories and failures in the Los Angeles Times:

  • Rachel Maddow, MSNBC's new commentator, is brainy, funny, and capable.
  • John King, CNN’s "Magic Map" guy, is a demographics whiz.
  • Charlie Gibson of ABC took a beating over a “featherweight” Democratic debate.

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  • Elizabeth Hasselbeck, The View’s lone conservative, has become an “Oprah for the Weekly Standard crowd.”
  • Katie Couric's chat with Sarah Palin was “the year’s interview coup.”
  • Chuck Norris began the year calling John McCain too old for the presidency; now he backs him.
  • David Letterman took the spotlight when he slammed McCain for ditching his show.
  • Tina Fey. For obvious reasons.
(Read more American media stories.)

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