As I have the last several presidential elections, I have spent the evening with NBC. In previous elections, Tim Russert was my entertainment and education during the election — who can forget “Florida, Florida, Florida”? With the death of Tim Russert earlier this year, my enjoyment of the election was somehow a little hollow.
Chuck Todd — Tim’s replacement — is doing a decent job, but with his telestrator and VR graphics, his reporting is somehow “too polished”, especially when compared to Russert’s small white board and markers. The anachronism of that image in today’s world is somehow appealing to me. Simpler really is better.
It was nice to see Russert’s son contributing to the reporting tonight. Somehow, it seemed appropriate to have a Russert in the mix on election night.