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Monday, August 25, 2008

Mile-high Party Begins

Well, the CNN=Politics extravaganza reaches a mile-high pinnacle today as the Democratic Convention begins in Denver. Of course The Best Political Team in Television is there, and they have prime seating right on the convention floor. (Although... please, delegates, stop with the waving and the "Hi Mom!" antics. Seriously. It's embarrassing. To you.)

It seems like every election is touted as "the most important election of our lifetime," and once again, this one is right up there. I've been a political junkie my whole life (I first handed out campaign brochures for a presidential election when I was 12) and even I have overdosed on all the political coverage CNN has given us this year -- especially when there wasn't enough to talk about and we got to listen to pundits discuss rumors, guesses, and things that other pundits had said -- but the conventions are truly the heart of American politics. 

And today, I will not argue that they have The Best Political Team in Television.

But it isn't just television. CNN also has the best political coverage online: the Ticker, the websites, the blogs, Facebook... if it happens anywhere, you can find out about it first on CNN. The early reveal of Senator Obama's running mate proves how good their connections are, and the gavel-to-gavel coverage of the conventions shows their commitment to the process. Of course, they also get to wind down afterwards...

So hats off to all the behind-the-scenes folks that made it all possible, and best of luck with the rest of the campaign season. Your hard work has been well worth it. Hits Billion Page Views
 as ‘Political Ticker’ Scores Record Day
As the Democratic National Convention kicks off,, the online gateway to the network’s up-to-the-minute political coverage, has garnered more than one billion page views since its launch less than a year ago. In the meantime, the CNN Political Ticker – the No. 1 political news blog according to Nielsen Online – reported its highest trafficked day ever on Friday, Aug. 22, with more than 2.7 million page views as users turned to the Ticker for the highly anticipated announcement of Sen. Barack Obama’s running mate. (Source: OmnitureSiteCatalyst, Global)

“The Internet has become an increasingly significant source of political news for consumers, especially during this latest battle for the White House,” said Manuel Perez, senior supervising producer for “Just as is where people go to find out what’s happening in their world, their communities and their lives, is where people go online to find out what’s happening in politics.” combines the newsgathering strength and analytical expertise of the Emmy Award-winning Best Political Team on Television with the vast resources of to create the Internet’s premier destination for political news and information. The highly trafficked political news gateway serves as the online destination for the latest news and information happening inside the Beltway and beyond, particularly along the campaign trail. Additionally, it features access to streaming live video from political events, interviews with top newsmakers, CNN’s comprehensive political video library, exclusive online reporting, user-generated content and feedback from the audience.

“The ratings success CNN is enjoying on television this election cycle is bolstered by the incredible traffic generated through,” said Alex Wellen, CNN’s deputy political director, digital content. “We’re proud to be the news organization people turn to for the latest political news, whether it’s on television, laptops or mobile phones.”

The Political Ticker, available via and at, has established a strong lead as the No. 1 political news blog on the Internet, generating more traffic than political blogs from MSNBC, The New York Times, ABC News and The Washington Post. (Source: Nielsen Online Custom Report Current Events and Global News Subcategory Blogs, June 2008 U.S. Home/Work Panel.) The Ticker provides users with a constant stream of political news – as it happens – from hundreds of CNN journalists, keeping users informed of the latest political news with dispatches 24 hours a day every day.

Also available via is the Election Center, which enables users to dig deeply into details about the candidates, their campaigns and their positions on the issues most important to voters and includes detailed coverage of debates, fund-raising and state-by-state analysis. The Election Center includes interactive political maps, poll graphics, and constant updates to CNN’s Electoral College Map. is the world's No. 1 destination for online and wireless news, garnering the greatest audience share among current events and global news sites. Launched in 1995, draws from the resources of CNN Worldwide and its many partners to provide consumers with the most enriching, immediate interaction with news anywhere, seamlessly combining articles, videos, images, interactive features and user-generated content.’s news video offering – both live and on-demand – is unparalleled on the Web.’s recent awards include an Edward R. Murrow award, a National Headliner award and three EPpy awards.

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