Daily Archives: October 1, 2008

Polling projection

Hurray for Gannett, which laid out some decent coin for a statewide poll on the upcoming election.  The poll could have been a yawner, in a red state that seems sure to re-elect Saxby Chambliss to the US Senate.

Instead, the poll revealed that challenger Jim Martin had substantially tightened the race.  It gave WXIA and WMAZ in Macon a nice exclusive on a pretty big political story (criticism from the righties at Peach Pundit notwithstanding, which faulted the poll for asking good churchgoing Georgians such unseemly questions on a Sunday and Monday).

But here’s our question:  WTF is up with that graphic used by Denis O’Hayer to illustrate the poll?  We believe that’s a static pie chart displayed by — yes, a slide projector!  Awesome.

OK, maybe it was a computer projector.  Even in the 70s, WXIA could have put O’Hayer in front of a green screen and displayed that graphic in chroma-key.  But apparently, not this week.  WXIA opted for a nostalgic 1950s look instead.  In an age when a guy like CNN’s John King can move and draw and re-shape political data on a TV screen (see below), we are wistfully heartened by WXIA’s stubbornly quaint use of older than old-school technology.

At least WXIA showed it in HD.

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