November 16th, 2008 Heather Kovar
New York Press Club Hall of Fame inductee and NY Press Club Foundation President Gabe Pressman welcomed the crew at the 16th Annual NYPC Conference Saturday, November 15th, speaking of elections of his youth.
“Election night was exciting when I was a kid.” Pressman spoke of the tin horns that would sound as results were announced. He said when we realized the importance of this year’s election, it was exciting.
“It stirred deep emotions and made us feel good about the future.”
He said it ended inspirational, with that gracious concession by John McCain, but Pressman added some things about the campaign that were bad, such as how long it was.
“This was also an election of punditry and smart ass commentary. I think people were hopeful the election would happen.”
Ellis Henican, Gabe Pressman and Robert Wiener
And the “bloviators.”
Pressman said there was an excess of commentary of people seemingly talking to each other showing off wisdom.
“We interupt this commentary to bring you the news.”
“We’ve gotten away from the essentials of journalism to let the voters make the
He mentioned the three p’s in this election. Pundits, pollsters and polarity.
“Thank god its over I say.”
Following Pressman’s introduction was a panel discussion of the coverage of the 2008 elections, moderated by Glenn Schuck of MetroNetworks.
Panelists included Reporter Carol Zimmer with Bloomberg News, Dr. Greg Dworkin with Dailykos.com, and self admitted “bloviator of the panel” Ellis Henican, Newsday columnist and Fox News Commentator.
Zimmer mentionned the viral nature of the election, how Obama used online like never before in his campaign. (See my last post for commentary on Obama’s internet usage.)
Online, Zimmer said it can be difficult to know the facts from rumors. She also brought up McCain’s feeling of the “media bais.” She said reporters go after the interesting story and that Obama and Palin were the interesting stories. Not McCain or Biden.
Henican admitted he is actually going through a bit of post partum depression now that the election is over. He listed five things of interest in this campaign.
1. He says Latino voters will be pushed into the hands of Democrats for a couple of years. He said many would vote republican because of family values, but he feels the harsh rhetoric over immigration may have shooed them over to the Democrats.
2. Palin monster- or savior. He said no way is Palin going away. “She steps up as the person to beat.” Some see her as a savior; she repels others.
3. Social networks. Again we mention the online campaign Obama ran.
4. Race. “Lots of white people voted for a black man.” Henican says he doesn’t believe racism is over. He says it will be interesting to watch, “it might be a one man story.”
5. And finally he says Republicans are doing some major soul searching now.
John Montone, Heather Kovar and Ellis Henican.
I grabbed John Montone to tell him how I enjoyed a recent report of his on 1010 WINS on the arrival of this year’s Rockefeller Tree. It was hysterical, because he spoke with a man he described as wearing a red hat and being from Los Angeles. You hear Montone ask if he saw the tree, and the man says, Oh, I saw it the other day. Montone replies, but it just went up. The guy says it must have been another tree he saw. John tags out something like, and that is why they call it living in la-la land.
I’m still laughing.
Montone was on a panel moderated by David Diaz called “COPS, A Critical Look at Coverage of the New York City Police Department Beat.”
The next event hosted by the Press Club looks at jobs and opportunities in the media in these turbulent economic times.
Monday, November 24th
New York Press Club Penthouse
330 W 42 Street (8th & 9th) 33 floor
6:30pm – 9:00pm
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