It used to be that on the afternoon of an election like the one we’re having today in North Carolina, the Associated Press’ wire carried a story with a lot of “what to look for tonight” and demographic information, plus quotes from state-based political experts.
Parts, but usually not much, of the story appeared the next day in hundreds of newspapers across America .
However, the AP’s story often served as the major "information base” for opinion columnists and editorialists at local newspapers.
They put on their “pundit hats” and "explained" to their credulous readers “the results in North Carolina.”
No matter that the columnists and editors knew almost nothing in the AP's story before they read it. It was just "read it, rewrite it and print it."
Anyway, the kind of story the AP used to “feed” to its subscriber newsrooms appeared this afternoon.
But not anywhere on the AP wire that I could find.
Take a look at it.
I think Politico.com, in which I have no financial interest, today gave the “old media” AP a “move over” push.
What do you think?