Gone are the days of competent coverage of the election

What a difference of 20 years.

At the turn of the century and decades earlier, the column, which appeared the day before the intense struggle and very significant political primaries, will lead the story of where reporters from each local news station will be deployed on election night and how widespread the coverage is. live would be.

Regular programs will be canceled so that channels 3, 6, 10 and 29 can go from wall to wall, announcing the results of the vote as they come in, polling candidates for impending victory or defeat, and interviewing voters or members of key blocs for voting to give a sense of public opinion.

Those days are over. The election results are likely to be presented by scanning the bottom of the screen or anchoring the frames among the commercials or instead of bumpers (short snippets separating one program segment or two programs from each other).

That is, if the input results are tracked at all. Today, channels can wait until the news release at 10pm or 11pm to give an overview of what’s going on in the race for the U.S. Senate nomination from Republicans, where three candidates, Katie Barnett, Dave McCormick and Mehmet Oz, are taking neck to neck. – neck. The gubernatorial primaries of the Republican Party offer the same tension and tension.

Democrats may also have news. At dinner tonight before I wrote this column, Democrats claimed the merits of Senate candidates John Fetterman and Conor Lamb, and one man scolded another for sending a ballot for Lamb on the grounds that she (and I) thought it was wrong. information.

I miss the fighter, who once became more exciting thanks to television reports. Previously, my day would have been spent on the phone with representatives of individual stations to make sure all of their lighting mechanisms were accurate, and to agree on whether I could talk to a reporter on the ground if he or she told a juicy story.

The irony in nostalgia for this level of action was 20 years ago, I regretted that there is so little and uninteresting coverage of politics on television. I remember writing columns in which it was said that people in TV news consider this topic dry and do not have the technique to delve into it in detail.

In 2022, I’m talking about the reverse of the fact that politics is covered too broadly and poorly.

In an effort to make politics exciting, news organizations, primarily cable and streaming channels, rather than traditional stations, climb into it 24 hours a day, but not in a way that is journalistically sound or useful.

The constant political flurry has given rise to shouting matches between guerrilla commentators who do not care about truth, accuracy, fairness, balance or fairness in their declarations as long as they persuade viewers to believe and bow in a certain way.

Anchors are worse because they feed or eat commentators, seeking even more outrageous than their guests to make sure their audience of now-trained guerrillas has received information that reinforces the views of their network fans, crazy conservatism on Fox News or var progressiveness on MSNBC or CNN.

If anything worth sounding on Fox, MSNBC or CNN, it usually comes from a reporter who has enough “old school” in it (or in them?) To emulate Joe Friedy from “Dragneta” and report the facts, ma’am, only facts.

So, I miss the full coverage of the last election night, but, thankfully, I will not be exposed to commentators who analyze the results, probably in a guerrilla tone, and can just check the results on the Real Clear Politics website or by looking every quarter of an hour on my phone.

Speaking of my phone, one thing I won’t miss after tomorrow night is the avalanche of texts I get, especially now that Mehmet Oz and Dave McCormick are working so hard to neutralize their growing rival, Katie Barnett.

Naturally, I perceive everything I get from any candidate, with cynicism and a shrug. The pieces I saw in a Lancaster reporter, Matt Barkar of WGAL, show the danger of perceiving candidates ’advertising at face value. Barkar checked these announcements well and reported his findings without being sympathetic.

I pay tribute to Katie Barnett for quickly responding to her competitors when they sent out videos in which she expressed potentially unpleasant things. I was annoyed by Barnett because of a message published by the Oz country company in which she portrayed how she denigrated one of my personal heroes, George Washington.

The Oz torpedoes pretended that Barnet insulted the first president and denied his role in the formation of the United States. The 15-second byte they handed out over a phone text made her laugh when she stood in Washington’s house, Mount Vernon, and talked about other visitors who called our country’s father “some hero of doom.”

Barnett wisely objected. She posted a full video on YouTube, which appeared to be seemingly ridiculous. Looking at her entire presentation, it becomes clear that she is not insulting Washington, but makes reasonable arguments to look at history from a balanced perspective that takes into account both Washington’s achievements and his lifelong status as a slaveholder.

(Full disclosure: I do not have a dog in this hunt. I will vote in the Republican primaries – I only vote in person. – But I do not intend to favor or support one candidate over another.)

If I can access WGAL, Barcara is the one I want to see tomorrow night.

Stories from Jody Long

Jodie Long comes from a family of vaudeville who appeared in “The Ed Sullivan Show” and other pop series of that era. Long herself originally appeared on Broadway at age 7 along with Tom Bosley, Martin Balsam and Dorothy Laudan in failure. Nowhere to Go But Up, which is tested in Philadelphia.

Lots of stories about the long careers of Jodi and her parents, Larry and Trudy Lung.

“About 20 years ago, I created a diary in which I began to write down all the stories so that they would not be lost,” Long said by phone from her home in New York.

“When I was collecting these stories, I saw how they would work in the play,” Long continued.

This performance was to open at the Bucks County Playhouse the year COVID closed cinemas. Long’s play, renamed American Jade, debuted at the New Hope Theater on Friday in three weeks.

“The show has evolved greatly since I started working on it. It even has a new name from the moment it was to open in New Hope. Then I called it “Surfing on My DNA”.

“American Jade” covers many areas. I am dealing with the emotional imprint of parents, the imprint of society, the imprint of show business. In addition to performances since childhood, I grew up behind the scenes in clubs where my parents played on what was then called “The Chop Suey Circuit”.

Long also talks about his own extensive career, which includes a Broadway role in “Flower Drum Song,” the lead television role of Steve Byrne’s mother in the series “Sullivan & Son” and her performance in the series “Dash and Son”, received by Amy . Lily “.

“This series lasted only one season,” says Long. “I almost forgot about it when I got the message about the Amy nomination. I was shocked when I won. I was told I was the first Asian American to win an Amy for acting.

“I checked because I swore and was right that Archie Punjabi got an Amy for ‘Good Wife.’ Amy spokesmen said: “Yes, but she is British and some other Asian laureates are from Asia.” You are the first American of Asian descent. Why argue further? ”

Another appearance in Philadelphia was in Philip Glass’s film “1000 Planes on the Roof” in a piece originally written for a man.

“I auditioned and made enough of an impression to get the role. It was amazing because I traveled the world with him and was able to visit family in Australia, where my father grew up, and in China.

“I was in Hong Kong at another job, a Mike Newell film, when a woman asked me if I wanted to go to the mainland, to China, which I considered forbidden. She spoke both Mandarin and Cantonese, so I was able to get an adventure that few tourists have. Thanks to our appearance and my friend’s ability to speak Chinese, we were able to escape from people watching all the foreigners, visiting places and seeing areas closed to most visitors.

“The most important part of our independent wandering is the first time in my life, I understood what China is and to be Chinese. It helped to understand a lot.

When Long speaks, you hear the content of the play in her experiences, including working with Margaret Cho and starring in an Asian dramatized novel starring Ingrid Bergman.

Booker pulls double responsibilities

Bobby Booker of WRTI (90.1 FM) received the Iron Lady Award for services to his station and its listeners this week. Setting up around 10pm two nights in a row, I heard Booker sit instead of Mrs. Blue in the jazz half-split WRTI day on jazz and classical music.

Then my alarm clock goes off at 4:15 a.m., and Booker, in her own unmistakable stuffy style, makes her usual midnight shift from midnight to 6 p.m.

Wait a minute. That means Bobby Booker was on the air nine hours straight two nights in a row.

Let’s talk about endurance! And dedication! Being a host of a radio program, especially one that contains long snippets of music, may seem easy, but I’ve done it, and I can assure you it’s not. A lot of preparation and reflection goes into the course, introductions and comments to each show, at least just to make it sound as if everything is spontaneously thrown out of the host’s head.

At least, one could hope. Knowing and listening to Bobby Booker, a woman with many interests and talents, I bet she works at that level.

At the end of this rainbow there should be some kind of reward and, I hope, a cushion.

One question for you, Bobby. What is it about your imaginary obsession with Jay Livingston and Ray Evans ’favorite jazz“ Never Let Me Go? ”

I would swear that Bobby plays a different rendition of this popular tune at least once on each show.

And not just the famous covers of Nato “King” Cole and Shirley Horn! Booker will play a vocal version of one show and an instrumental version, including a particularly good version by tenor saxophonist Melissa Aldana last week, next.

My question is not a complaint, but just a cause of curiosity.

Levitt at the Maurice Theater

Andrew Levitt, who will arrive tomorrow at the Maurice Theater in Philadelphia starring Edna Turnblad in the film “Hairspray,” has the experience of dragging far beyond this musical.

Levitt, using her last name, Nina West, was a competitor in the 11th season of “Drag Race Ru Paul”. She finished the competition in sixth place and was awarded a seasonal trophy as Miss Congeniality.

Neil Zoren’s TV column is every Monday.

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