TV is king, no matter Obama’s “media razzle-dazzle”

It’s not every day that someone from your hometown announces a run for the presidency. (Well, OK, it’ll happen on February 10th as well.) Some buzz highlights:

ABC News’ The Note:

Bending to reality, The Note will suspend regular coverage of politics until further Notice.

For the foreseeable future, we will simply chronicle the politics and coverage of Barack Obama’s quest to become America’s 44th president with daily awards in all categories.

Rev. Al Sharpton, quoted in the London Times:

“Right now we’re hearing a lot of media razzle-dazzle. I’m not hearing a lot of meat, or a lot of content. I think when the meat hits the fire, we’ll find out if it’s just fat, or if there’s some real meat there.”

Steve Rhodes at the Beachwood Reporter:

What, you don’t recall Obama trying to change the politics in the cesspool that is Springfield, and urging the mayor to clean up City Hall? Actually, I don’t either. Has Obama said a single thing about 17 years of City Hall corruption?

David Axelrod in the Washington Post:

“I think he very much recognizes that if this is just about hoisting the icon, it’s an empty exercise and one probably doomed to failure,” said David Axelrod, Obama’s chief strategist. “But if it is a movement for real political change at the grass roots, it can be very powerful.”

Newt Gingrich, last month: “the interest in him tells you something about Americans more than it tells you about him.”

Kos, reading the Rasmussen polls Wednesday morning:

This Obama “bump” happened before his announcement that he’s forming an exploratory committee.

Andy Plesser at Beet.TV:

Brightcove’s arrangement with Obama will be multifaceted. It will include ongoing publication of campaign videos, the creation of a Obama “channel” on Brightcove and a syndication function which will allow bloggers and Web sites to have campaign clips published directly on their pages.

Plesser goes on to add, “For the ’08 election, the communications game will be different and the use of viral video will undoubtably be an important component.” As I stated earlier, I doubt that assertion. Fredreka Schouten in USA Today writes that serious candidates will need $100 million by January. That $100 mill is NOT to pay for bandwidth costs and digital cameras. In the 08 cycle, TV is still king.


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