The Inside Story of Election 2012: Fast Politics and Faster Media Meets a Rapidly Changing Electorate
New School Panel with Ben smith, peter hamby and others

Wednesday, November 14, 2012, 8:30 A.M. to 10:30 A.M.
Free; RSVP required at



The 2012 election lacked the high drama of 2008, when Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama made history, Sarah Palin went meteoric, and the economy was in freefall. In contrast, the 2012 campaigns may be remembered as a succession of mini-gaffes and hourly skirmishes fueled by over-caffeinated operatives and reporters on Twitter. Was it all just "sound and fury… signifying nothing?" Or did the trivia obscure real changes in politics - and the way politics are covered? For instance, how have regional demographic shifts changed the electoral map for the President and Congress? How has technology transformed campaign coverage for better and worse? And how has all of this affected Washington's ability to grapple with issues that matter? The Milano School for International Affairs, Management and Urban Policy at The New School presents a post-election discussion with five leading political reporters.

WHO: Peter Hamby, political reporter, CNN
Ben Smith, editor-in-chief, BuzzFeed
Molly Ball, staff writer, The Atlantic
Sayu Bhojwani, founding executive director, The New American Leaders Project
David Catanese, reporter, Politico
Jeff Smith, assistant professor of politics and advocacy, Milano School of International Affairs, Management, and Urban Policy, The New School (moderator)
WHEN: 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, November 14
WHERE: Theresa Lang Community and Student Center, Arnhold Hall, 55 West 13th Street, 2nd floor
TICKETS: Free, but RSVP is are required, as seating is limited. To make a reservation, Please visit For more information, please call or email 212.229.5418 or

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