All the news channels were able to call the election last night at 11:00 pm EST when enough of the the West Coast polls had closed.
MSNBC, the channel that gave us the bizarre sight of Pat Buchanan agreeing with Rachel Maddow, alternated between showing live shots of celebrations around the country (without anchor commentary, which was a nice touch) and shots of their own setup at Rockefeller Center of which they were very proud. They'd laid the electoral map out on the ice rink and even had gussied-up window-washing apparatuses, one for McCain and one for Obama, climbing up the side of 30 Rock for a giant electoral vote graph. It reminded me of a game from The Price Is Right.
On the other side of the spectrum, FoxNews only grudgingly showed brief pictures of people being satisfied with the election, and instead gave a lot of face time to two talking white guy heads who tried very hard to find some positive spin on the whole thing. They ended up discussing how relieved they were that the Democrats hadn't taken enough
seats in Congress to keep the Republicans from filibustering. There was an attempt at gloating, but you could tell their hearts just weren't in it. They were able to find it in their hearts to start making fun of Joe Biden just after Obama's speech, so they didn't have to actually talk about the speech itself. Stay classy, FoxNews.
And then there was CNN, which had Anderson Cooper pretending that he was very excited to take part in a FIRST EVER TELEVISION FIRST EVER FIRST, which involved... talking to a hologram1
Guys?1. Not a real hologram.