I just finished listening to a BBC news program called Up All Night. Tonight's broadcast was largely devoted to covering our Senate race. During the primary I noticed that national coverage of the race often didn't reflect what I saw happening locally. With that in mind I was interested to hear how the BBC would present both the Senate race and Connecticut in general.
Their correspondent Rhod Sharp went around to various locations in Connecticut asking people about whom they were voting for and why. Sharp's travels took him to Sikorsky, a rally for union SEIU32BJ, Mayor Mike's bar in Hartford, and on the front lines of the lawn sign wars. He also spoke with both Ned and Joe about what the race meant to Connecticut and the nation.
The show was pretty comprehensive, but I wasn't learning anything new about the race. Towards the end of the program I realized why. Mr. Sharp was presenting the Senate race from the ground. He was having the same conversations on the air that we're all having amongst ourselves right now. I think listeners came away with an accurate portrait of what's going on in Connecticut, and why this race happened.
National media has covered this race extensively, but most of the time I feel like they missed the mark. The GQ piece is a notable exception. I'd love to hear some other opinions on this. What's your take on how the national (and international) media has portrayed this Senate race and Connecticut?
Full Disclosure: I heard about the program in advance because the producers were interested in talking to bloggers about the race. We got bumped, but I think the field pieces were much better. CTLP is mentioned on the air however, as is Don Pesci's blog.