20 Oct

Robert Feder

Feder, a lifelong Chicagoan, is a nationally-recognized, prize-winning media critic. A 1978 graduate of the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University, he began working for the Chicago Sun-Times in 1980 writing a must-read column on the Chicago broadcast business until 2008. He now writes a blog for Vocalo—reporting on Chicago media once again.

Q: How does 2010 election campaigning in the Chicago area compare to past mid-term elections?

A: The use of blogs and social media has changed the whole dynamic of campaigning. Candidates and their supporters are able to bypass traditional media in ways never before possible. We’re hearing more from candidates on Twitter than on the 10 o’clock news.

Q: What is your assessment of Chicago media coverage of the 2010 political campaigning?

A: Generally fair, but the effects of newsroom cutbacks are evident in diminished coverage by television and radio stations. CBS 2 still hasn’t even replaced Mike Flannery as political editor.

Q: What changes would you like to see in future election campaigning?

A: I’d like to see broadcast outlets provide more free time for candidates to debate one another and to speak directly to voters. If candidates didn’t have to raise and spend so many millions of dollars to buy commercials, the whole political process would be cleaned up overnight.

Christine Hurley

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