And broadcasters in Cleveland did a decent job in framing the candidates’ speeches, particularly for the president. WEWS ran fairly lengthy segments of Obama’s speech, while reporter Chris Flanagan and anchor Lee Jordan helped situate it in the context of weeks of bad economic news and polls indicating slipping support for the president.
Like most of the Ohio newscasts, WEWS couldn’t resist pointing out that this “was a real battle across our battleground state.”
Some broadcasters seemed almost giddy over the attention Ohio is drawing, and they reached for metaphors to describe the showdown. WLWT-TV 5, the NBC affiliate in Cincinnati, referred to Ohio as a “boxing ring” in its report on Romney’s speech. WKYC-TV 3, Cleveland’s NBC affiliate, also could not resist a “Buckeye Battle” label in its report on Obama’s speech, broken down well by political correspondent Tom Beres.
But perhaps the more interesting, and certainly the more earthy, metaphor came from WKYC’s interview with Obama supporter Betty Murray, who sums up the case for the president in a unique, and, of course, positive way involving a famous brand of shoe polish at about 1:45 of the video below:
Only time will tell which candidate Americans think shines the most.