In between packing and getting a little work done last night, I spent some time watching the Super Tuesday election coverage. With so much going on in so many places around the country it was going to be a really difficult task for any news organization to keep up and communicate clearly what was going on. On the boob tube I kept switching back and forth between MSNBC, CNN, and Fox to see who was covering what. On the web, I kept switching back and forth between CNN and MSNBC. Throughout the night CNN was giving me the clearest coverage in both mediums. MSNBC's website made it difficult to find out anything of any real value. CNN's quick and easy tally board made it an easy task to see who was in the lead where.
On the boob tube, Fox's overwhelming graphics and set colors made my eyes hurt and I quickly knocked them out of the rotation. MSNBC had some good commentary, but Keith Olbermann's smirk is becoming more than annoying. Chris Matthews kept asking all night how well McCain could do in the general election since he was winning states (mostly in the North East) that Republicans don't win in November, but I found it interesting that he didn't make the same point about Obama winning states that the Dem's historically lose as well.
CNN, had its share of smirkers as well, but at least the info was clear to understand when they went to the big board and I really enjoyed the use of multi-touch to dig down into the information.
In my book last night, CNN takes the prize for being the clearest communicator.