The Presidential Race Through Facebook: <em>Brian Lehrer Live</em> Tonight


Tonight, I’m going to be on Brian Lehrer Live — a televised interview production with the well-respected WNYC New York Public Radio host Brian Lehrer between 7:30 and 8:30 PM. The show can be watched live on Time Warner Cable (Channel 75) or seen streaming over the web at CUNY TV’s site.
The subject tonight is Facebook as political engine — and how Facebook is a very cool emerging platform for new forms of journalism as well as political activism and networking. At his blog, Brian Lehrer asks who will be the first “TechPresident”?
This graphic will be posted on the show tonight, but you can take a sneak peak. It shows relative levels of Facebook members’ affinity for the candidates distributed in the following proportions:


Obama: 382,137
Clinton: 92,731
Gravel: 8,622
Total: 483,490


Paul: 82,442
Huckabee: 48,432
McCain: 44,560
Romney: 42,508
Total: 217,912

Note the Dems 2:1 plus advantage over Republicans in this new media
Recently, I wrote this piece on how Facebook was morphing into a key part of my blogging and think tank distribution network. I noted how well known journalists like Slate‘s John Dickerson were using it as a vehicle for microjournalism and how it was becoming an avenue of choice for political organizing and social cause advocacy.
I’ll also be on the show with Columbia School of Journalism New Media Professor and WNBC Tech Reporter Sree Sreenivasan and Personal Democracy Forum Founder Andrew Rasiej.
And Brian Lehrer is always great. Should be interesting to interpret the trends that divide Republicans and Democrats in new media — and the lines that divide the candidates within both parties.
And yes, I have a profile on Facebook — and so does Brian Lehrer.
— Steve Clemons


4 comments on “The Presidential Race Through Facebook: <em>Brian Lehrer Live</em> Tonight

  1. Facebook Apps Developer says:

    work look excellent.Looking forward to hearing more from you!


  2. Steve Clemons says:

    Or Sandy — perhaps the ad people read your and other’s comments about the picture and just decided that something that they thought was not controversial was generating the wrong kind of impressions. I just don’t know — but Kaplan is a brilliant, progressive chronicler of the worst excesses of this administration. I think those who read the book will benefit from doing so.
    best, steve


  3. Sandy says:

    OT — Steve, to prove my point made earlier, the ad for Kaplan’s book today — after the election — no longer uses Hillary’s face.
    Is that OBVIOUS…or what?
    it was a smear job. Yeah, it showed up on lots of other sites, too, but clearly a smear campaign. Too bad. I might have had an interest in Kaplan’s book. Not now! I hope no one else will buy it either….given such overt tactics. As if we women are dumb.


  4. temoc94 says:

    While I too enjoy Facebook, including the use of the status message as a micro-blogging tool, these numbers don’t exactly make me think of Facebook as being a powerful constituency that politicians must win over.
    I mean, Ron Paul — RON PAUL, for God’s sake — is outpolling the mainstream candidates. Stop the presses: early adopters are a bit more libertarian than the rest of us. That doesn’t mean they’ve got a prayer of winning.
    I fully expect that Facebook will be around in some form ten years from now, but that by then its polling will look a lot more like that of the nation as a whole, because its user base will look more like the nation as a whole.


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