Midterm media coverage: a night in search of a narrative

For news organizations covering the midterm election results, it was a night in search of a narrative.

Tight races across the country confirmed the nation’s divide and kept reporters — armed as they were with statistics and projections — wary of drawing conclusions about the political future. It was an election night that even TV news couldn’t impose a storyline upon.

“This is going to be bare knuckles all the way, and we might not know the answer for quite some time,” analyst Brit Hume said on Fox News Channel.

He was talking about Pennsylvania’s Senate race between John Fetterman and Mehmet Oz,

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