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With Election 2008 almost upon us, it’s time to take a look at how South Asian journalists are covering this year’s historic, and seemingly-never-ending-but-nearly-over presidential race. We're also including opinion pieces and broadcast work, on-air and off. Here's a sample of what they've been covering recently.
Aman Batheja has been covering local elections, blogging and writing stories including "In the first five days of early voting, 149,234 cast ballots in Tarrant County" for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. On Tuesday, he’ll be on the ground looking out for equipment malfunctions and long lines while keeping readers up to dated on all the latest election news at the Star-Telegram's Politex blog. Among Aman's finds for the blog is this McCain/Obama pumpkin carving.
Seema Mehta has been tracking VP hopeful Sarah Palin for The Los Angeles Times. In this article Mehta reports from Ocala, Florida, and other locales, where "the crowds adore Palin, who bounds onto the stage in heels to songs such as 'Redneck Woman' by Gretchen Wilson and '9 to 5' by Dolly Parton."
Manu Raju, a reporter for The Hill, which covers all things Beltway, has been intensely following an Election sideshow: the trial of Alaska Senator Ted Stevens. Stevens is 84-year-old Republican and was convicted by a jury for not reporting $250,000 in gifts. His re-election efforts are central to the question of whether Democrats can claim a filibuster-proof Senate tomorrow. In this article, Raju suggests that Stevens has a bleak future, even if he does get re-elected.
Rajen Anand and Joydeb Roy wrote an op-ed, calling upon voters to support Obama, in India-West. The same issue has a pro-McCain piece by Dipka Bhambhani, in which she compares Obama's appeal with that of Hitler ("Several scholars have made the comparison between the mania pre-WWII and the Obama worshipping.") Download page_08.doc
Ro Khanna, a San Francisco-area lawyer who ran for U.S. Congress in 2004, showed his support for Sen. Barack Obama through "The strengh of Our ideals," an op-ed for India Currents.