Fox was game to experiment with us on something that hadn’t been done before — real-time measurement of audience reaction over Twitter.
Adam Sharp, manager of government and political partnerships for Twitter in Washington, in a statement to the New York Times. Fox and Twitter Join Forces for Republican Debate
The news: During Monday’s Republican primary debate, Fox News and Twitter will analyze hashtags and feeds (in particular, #answer and #dodge) in an attempt to get real-time metrics on audience views.
In turn, Fox will display trends on its Web site and commentators will use the data as they analyze the debate afterwards.
By any normal standards, Obama should be extremely vulnerable. Not only is the economy in bad shape, he has proved to be a much more hesitant, less commanding White House presence than his supporters longed for. And yet, most surveys put him comfortably ahead of his would-be rivals. That’s not a positive judgment on the president – whose approval rating stands at a meagre 44% – but an indictment of the dire quality of a Republican field almost comically packed with the scandal-plagued, gaffe-prone and downright flaky. And the finger of blame for this state of affairs points squarely at the studios of Fox News.
Jonathan Freedland, The Guardian. How Fox News is helping Barack Obama’s re-election bid.
I honestly didn’t know the laws of the universe allowed letters to be physically arranged in the order of this headline. — Michael
House Republicans called an “emergency meeting” last week, suspending the usual procedures to rush an urgent piece of legislation to the floor…
… This particular emergency involved the lower end of the FM-radio dial. Republicans, in an urgent budget-cutting maneuver, were voting to cut off funding for National Public Radio. All $5 million of it — or one ten-thousandth of 1 percent of the federal budget.