I suspect my ex-colleague and still-friend Adam Platt doesn’t get the hits his Mpls.St.Paul magazine blog deserves.
Platt, a former Twin Cities Reader media critic, has a pith and grit that makes his analytic forays worth reading. This morning, he captures a frustration I experienced late last night trying to follow the Coleman-Franken cliffhanger.
One of the bigger disappointments of the evening was how many local media organizations bailed on the race. Despite the Star Tribune‘s new twenty-four-hour online emphasis, its coverage of the race was useless for anyone trying to figure out where the uncounted votes sat and wanting analysis of the uncounted vote that was out there. Terrible.
I want you to give Adam your link love, so I won’t paste any more of the piece. His gold-star goes to WCCO-AM. The only thing I’d disagree with is his negative assessment of MPR’s analysis, though he’s right that Gary Eichten and crew signed off too early — albeit at 2 a.m.!
(There’s also a section on Dean Barkley, Betty McCollum and Playboy magazine that’s worth the price of admission.)
For this bleary-eyed obsessive, last night was further proof that if the media doesn’t give you what you want, you have to create it.
My best post-3 a.m. info source was Twitter, the microblogging social network that limits you to 140 characters per post.
There, a free-floating community of informed civilians and news junkies — me (@dbrauer in Twitter parlance), Channel 4’s Jason DeRusha (@derushaj), Blois Olson (@bloisolson), E-Democracy’s Steve Clift (@democracy), Twin Cities Daily Liberal’s Jeff Rosenberg (@jeffrosenberg) — traded links and analysis.
I went to bed around 4, somewhat sated, limited not by others’ programming decisions but by my own endurance.