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.