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Variety Names Media's Winners & Losers of Election 2012

Photo of Beth Hanna By Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood November 12, 2012 at 3:11PM

While President Obama was re-elected on November 6 and Mitt Romney hurriedly composed his concession speech on the fly, a number of other winners and losers emerged from the 2012 election. Memes reigned, with Big Bird and binders full of women taking over the Twittersphere...
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While President Obama was re-elected on November 6 and Mitt Romney hurriedly composed his concession speech on the fly, a number of other winners and losers emerged from the 2012 election. Memes reigned, with Big Bird and binders full of women taking over the Twittersphere. But statisticians, pundits, Fox News and Bruce Springstein were also in the mix, as outlined in a roundup by Variety.

Among Variety's election winners are Statisticians like Nate Silver and his FiveThirtyEight blog which noted continuously more favorable odds for President Obama; Fox News, which was the go-to place for dejected Republicans (although Fox is also included in the Losers list); and Bruce Springsteen for providing inspiration "to a contest that had little." Losers include Pundits like Rush Limbaugh and Dick Morris who got it wrong (and too much punditry all around) and Donald Trump, the "least valuable celebrity surrogate."

This article is related to: News, President Barack Obama, Politics


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.