by Al Benson Jr.
Just this morning someone sent me an article which appeared on http://dailycaller.com which stated: “The 2012 presidential election is still more than two weeks away, but on Friday a CBS News affiliate in Arizona called the race for President Barack Obama. For 17 seconds, Phoenix, Arizona CBS News affiliate KPHO ran a lower third graphic that showed that Obama had won the Nov. 6 election over Gov. Mitt Romney with 99% of the precincts reporting. ..The CBS News graphic showed Obama winning the election with 43% of the vote nationwide to Romney’s 40 percent–or 40,237,966 votes to 38,116,216. It is unclear who garnered the other 17 percent in the fictional election results.” The Daily Caller contacted the station manager but got no response. This was, indeed, a fictional election result, but was it a sneak preview of what we are going to be fed on election night?
Supposedly this was the result of a mistake made with a “test graphic.”
The Daily Caller noted “On Friday October 19th during a test of KPHO-CBS 5’s election returns software we inadvertently aired a test graphic for about 15 seconds in an episode of Peoples Court…The mistake was caught quickly and taken off the screen. With the election about 2 weeks away, the TV station routinely tests its equipment to ensure our viewers have the very latest results on election night.” Okay.
The question I have is, was this a genuine mistake or was it a mistake to show already predetermined election results that should not have been shown to the public? I found it interesting to observe that the station’s “test results” showed an Obama victory, but with CBS, which some have called “The Communist Broadcasting System” I guess I should not be surprised.
It might be interesting on election night to check the final tallies to see how close they come to CBS’s “mistake” of October 19th.
Mind you it’s not that I don’t trust the government or the media–it’s just that I don’t trust the government or the media.