New York Times political correspondent Jeremy Peters tells Newsmax the storm that forced Republicans to cancel the first day of their national convention in Tampa will actually prove to be a benefit to the party.
He also says that Twitter has emerged as the dominant media player in this year’s presidential election.
In an exclusive interview with Newsmax.TV at the convention on Wednesday, Peters discusses how the GOP handled the looming threat Tropical Storm Isaac — later Hurricane Isaac — posed to Tampa and the convention.
Watch the exclusive interview here.
“I think the first step that we saw and the most dramatic step that they could have taken, so far, would be to cancel the first day of the convention,” he says.
“Most people felt that was the most appropriate thing to do, and really from there on out they just need to be very tight and very focused. I think what you will see in the coverage going forward is a much more condensed program than they were planning on, but maybe one that ultimately ends in benefitting them because they are able to pack more into three days of programming that people will really be paying attention to.”
Asked about the way this convention is being covered compared to coverage of earlier conventions, Peters says: “Think about four years ago. We had barely heard about a thing called Twitter, and now for journalists it’s the primary source of gathering news, consuming news.”
The 2008 election featured the rise of YouTube, which “seems like a quaint campaign technology device these days,” Peters adds. “So I think four years from now who knows what it’s going to be.”
It could be streaming video, he observes. “Media organizations like this one [Newsmax] are filming a lot more. Ones that aren’t traditionally television-oriented are putting more up on their web sites.”
With digital media on the rise, Peters was asked who is winning the battle between Mitt Romney and President Obama on that front.
“There is a recent study out by Pew Research that examined the frequency with which Obama and Romney are tweeting, using Facebook, and all that,” Peters responds. “Not surprisingly Obama was way ahead. That said, I do think that the Romney social media digital efforts often get overlooked and are quite sophisticated.”
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