TV One and TV3 opted for the same format in their 4.30pm United States election coverage with a host flanked by two commentators, but TV One aced it with their combo of Simon Dallow, pundit Jon Johansson and journalists Tim Wilson and Mark Sainsbury.
Over on TV3, anchorman Guyon Espiner seemed to have trouble with his vocals and turned in a low-watt performance as he conversed with two American commentators.
TV One called the election for Barack Obama at 5.10pm with TV3 calling it at 5.20pm, but the channel to watch was Fox News, where Karl Rove refused to admit defeat, theorising that Mitt Romney had "a thin path" to victory.
Rove's insistence that there was still hope prompted one of Fox's endless platinum blonde female anchors to ask a room full of sequestered decision-makers whether they concurred with Rove.
They didn't, but this didn't stop the channel from indulging Rove in his fantasy, and by 5.40pm Fox still hadn't accepted that the election had gone Mitts up. After Obama breasted the magical tape number of 270, the channel, in a show of bad sportsmanship, petulantly went off topic and started covering non-election stories.
TV One furnished its audience with a band at the bottom of the screen scrolling witty comments from viewers such as, "Better get started on that concession speech, Romney" (so convinced of his own victory Romney hadn't written one); "Big Bird will sleep well tonight"; and, from a distracted student, "How's a girl supposed to swat with all this election coverage?" Moving forward, TV3's 6pm news bulletin had Mike McRoberts at the Republican HQ saying that Romney hadn't turned up to "claim defeat", while political reporter Patrick Gower, looking like an overwrought cabbage patch doll, struggled to hear over a raucous Democrat crowd that he said was louder than an All Blacks one.
Romney and Obama didn't oblige by turning in their speeches in our 6pm news time, and by the time Romney farewelled the stage with his vast Von Trapp family, and Obama arrived to the strains of "Here I am signed sealed delivered" America Decides had well and truly turned into America's Got Talent.
- The Dominion Post