THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 8, 2018
Trump’s 657th Day In OfficeWhen The News Media Sometimes Cooperated With Each Other
At this afternoon’s meeting of the Conservative Agenda, Political Insiders were asking Beloved Whistleblower Publisher Charles Foster Kane about that time in 1970 when he had spent six months putting together that gigantic News Election Service vote tabulating facility taking up the entire north bay of the Cincinnati Convention Center on Election night. The area was so big, Kane needed a golf cart to get from one end to the other.
“In those days, NES was a consortium of the three major TV networks (ABC, CBS, and NBC) and the two major wire services (AP and UPI),” Kane explained. “Instead of competing, they were pooling their election night resources in those days, because each one of them would’ve had to have gotten the same information on their own.”
On Election Night forty eight years ago, hundreds of well-paid NES trained temporary employees in Cincinnati took calls from polling places and boards of election through our eight-state region on 482 Cincinnati Bell telephones with large indicator lights (so we could see which states the calls were coming from).
That information was then key-punched, verified, fed into a computer the size of a Cincinnati Streetcar, and sent to NES Headquarters in New York so the TV networks could show the latest vote total information and decide when to project a winner in each race at the same time the wire services would be sending the same information to their subscribers by teletype.
What was the most interesting thing that happened that election night? Kane was asked? “I remember when John Gilligan tried to sneak in our secure facility to see how he was doing in his gubernatorial race and I had him thrown out,” Kane recalled. “Dishonest DemocRATS were sneaky bastards, even then.”