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No More Line Graphs!


Keith Olbermann says the moving line graphic MSNBC is using to measure
voters' reactions to Obama's speech tonight is just an experiment.
Let's hope it's one they decide not to repeat. Through the long slog of
debate-watching parties last year, one common point of consensus was
that those mesmerizing lines were incredibly distracting. Rather than
analyzing the candidates' policies, the lines are a constant metric of
the political effectiveness of every statement made. We get enough
coverage of the horse race from MSNBC. Tell us what the "average voter"
thinks after the speech.

--Marin Cogan

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