Tuesday, November 6, 2012

BBC at USF: The Brits meet the Tea Party

Posted By on Tue, Nov 6, 2012 at 8:20 PM

Best sort-of-local media moment so far this Election Night: BBC's live simulcast on WUSF from the University of South Florida's Marshall Center, sadly lasting only an hour, from 6 to 7 p.m.

It was fun to hear the bemused Brits talk wonderingly about how excited we Americans get about our presidential elections. The anchor managed to seem both respectful and unimpressed by his roundtable guests, including a woman he cheerily addressed as "Pam" (that would be Iorio).

Expat TV producer Mal Young, interviewed by phone in L.A., allowed that the election was fun, but "not quite as enthralling as something written by Aaron Sorkin."

But the best part was when a decidedly skeptical BBC reporter interviewed a rep of the Tea Party of Florida. The reporter tried valiantly to conceal his incredulity as the TPOF guy expounded on his fears that the U.S. was going to break up into multiple dueling states à la the Soviet Union. Then he asked him, if the TPOF is so concerned with the deficit, whether he was worried that Romney's across-the-board tax cuts and expanded military budget might actually add to the deficit. (Good question, Mr. BBC.) Somehow Mr. RPOF's answer brought John F. Kennedy into the discussion, referring to him, I think, as having been the U.S. Senator from New York.

The BBC is continuing its coverage of the election into the wee hours; it's five hours later over there, so they're pulling an all-nighter. Check it out online.

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