9 Questions with the Creator of Pardon The Interruption

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7. Sports-Inspired Politics

RCS: During the Vice Presidential Debate, CNN used a scoreboard system that was remarkably similar to ATH’s, for which their analysts acted like Tony Reali's, giving and taking away points from the candidates. Do you see sports-inspired innovations in political news casting frequently, and do you think they’re effective?

Erik Rydholm: I was transfixed by the CNN scoring. Loved it. I liked the focus group tracker more than the points, though. Most of their analysts seemed to have inherent biases. I could predict how Paul Begala was gonna score the thing ahead of time, you know?

But I do see some PTI and ATH influence out there, and respect it a great deal when it builds on what we've done.



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