The first two debates of the 2012 election cycle have had stratospheric viewership on TV. Critic Bob Mondello isn't surprised. He argues we've spent the last decade training the public to watch contests on television and then vote — think American Idol and Dancing with the Stars.
During the debates, networks all but beg us to kibitz in social media, which makes instant judgment universal. We're encouraged to watch for the purpose of reacting.
The new season of David Simon’s HBO series Treme, which started Sunday and runs through Nov. 25, features a new character modeled on A.C. Thompson, the award-winning Bay Area reporter whose exposés of police wrongdoing after Hurricane Katrina shook up New Orleans. Now with the journalism nonprofit ProPublica and working out of the East Bay again after three years in New York, Thompson talks about putting bad cops in jail and spinning drudgery into art.
Nina Martin | Photo: A.C. Thompson | September 28, 2012 [Note: a shorter version of this interview appears in the October issue] You started reporting on New Orleans in 2007, when you were a freelancer living in SF. How'd you get onto this huge story?
New Orleanians are waking up for the first time without their Monday edition of the Times-Picayune. It doesn’t exist anymore. Some readers shared their thoughts on cutbacks taking effect at the paper, and if they’ll give a new venture a chance.
Originally published on Wed September 26, 2012 4:41 pm
It's no secret that TV watchers in swing states are getting flooded, bombarded, practically drowned in political ads.
According to data from Kantar Media, as of a week ago, nearly 700,000 political ads had aired throughout the country during the general election campaign. The estimated spending on those ads: $395 million.