Election Night: Journalists Race to Make the Right Calls as the World Watches (Variety)

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Stephen J. Farnsworth, a political science professor at the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, Va., argues that despite all the data available, the risks of making a wrong call remain. “The main problem is the way in which modern news-gathering is evolving,” says Farnsworth, co-author of “The Nightly News Nightmare: Media Coverage of U.S. Presidential Elections, 1988-2008.” “The new challenge is that everyone wants to get the information first, and if you don’t do the due diligence required, you’ll have it first, but you’ll have it wrong, too.”

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