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And We Can Now Call the Election for … “The Daily Show”

CNN’s John King may have taken the early lead on election night with his use of the Perceptive Pixel touchscreen, but “The Daily Show” was not to be outdone.

Skewering its mainstream media competition, correspondent John Oliver helped kick off the show’s coverage, appearing with an iPad strapped to each arm while pointing at several other flatscreen displays.

From there, he read an “actual tweet” from an “actual person” who said they voted for Mitt Romney. And, if that tweet was representative of all Americans, then, he concluded, clearly Romney would win.

“That just happened, moments ago and I’m explaining it to you now in real time,” Oliver told host Jon Stewart, before moving the tweet to a larger screen. “There is no denying that tweet is now physically bigger.”

He then took a picture of himself, posted it to Instagram and to the show’s Tumblr page.

“Don’t tell me cable news is not alive and kicking,” he said.


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The problem with the Billionaire Savior phase of the newspaper collapse has always been that billionaires don’t tend to like the kind of authority-questioning journalism that upsets the status quo.

— Ryan Chittum, writing in the Columbia Journalism Review about the promise of Pierre Omidyar’s new media venture with Glenn Greenwald