Classic Television Thursday #012 – 1948 Presidential Election Coverage

electionComing out of all of the coverage of the elections this past Tuesday, I thought it might be interesting to see how television covered that kind of thing back in the days before wall to wall 24/7 news channels and all the rest that make up the hubbub and clamor of today’s election cycle, so here are some highlights from NBC’s coverage of the 1948 Presidential election, which was the first in which TV really was a presence in most American homes and the networks were still trying to figure out the best way to use this burgeoning medium to cover such an event.

(And yes, this was, of course, the well-known Dewey/Truman election which spawned the infamous “Dewey Defeats Truman” headline.)



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