It was fairly obvious by about 10:15 p.m. Tuesday that most cable and network analysts thought President Obama was going to be re-elected.
But they didn't have the data to make the call until 11:17.
When that happened at NBC News and CNN, viewers were offered as clear a snapshot as I have seen of the difference between a news gathering operation like CNN and an ideologically driven enterprise like MSNBC.
"We've got a really major projection to make right now," CNN anchor Wolf Blitzer said. "CNN projects that Barack Obama will be re-elected as president of the United States. He will return to the White House for four more years, because CNN projects him...