Just as some election officials continue to count midterm ballots from Tuesday’s (Nov. 2) vote, PBS NewsHour is tallying up web visitors for its ambitious all-evening coverage. Anne Bell, spokesperson for the show, said dozens of sites (that they know of) either embedded or linked to the show’s live stream — everything from the Small Dead Animals blog to the leftie Huffington Post, the conservative Breitbart.tv, the Black Sistas, Latino Perspectives, LA Observed and Eastern Iowa Government. Sixteen pubstations also participated.
The site page featured live coverage with anchor Jim Lehrer and correspondents. On the right side of the screen, visitors saw Twitters with the show’s hashtag. As the evening progressed, Bell said, Tweets from viewers reported judicial results from various districts; most of those races weren’t covered elsewhere.
Bell expects Election Night web totals later today or Thursday.
Also, the New York Times Media Decoder live-blogged the election coverage while posing probing questions to the various anchors. FYI, Lehrer’s fave election-night snack is Diet Dr Pepper, he dislikes “dealing with the foregone,” enjoys “dealing with the unexpected,” and he takes his coffee “black, no cream or sugar.” Oh, and during his first newspaper job, writing obits at the Dallas Morning News, he transposed the name of a funeral home with the name of the deceased. His pre-election night routine? One-hour nap from 1 to 2 p.m. in his office. (This, as opposed to MSNBC’s Keith Olbermann, who said he “runs Kilimanjaro daily.”)