Networks geared up Iowa caucus coverage Monday not knowing the chaos to come
Just hours before the Iowa caucus results were expected to start coming in Feb. 3, 2020, all three network newscasts enthusiastically previewed one of the biggest nights of presidential politics — but without realizing the mess that was to come.
The network also used Studio 3A’s video tower — which isn’t as used as often — for bold “Iowa Caucus” logos in the “Decision 2020” motif.
Patriotic bunting was also added to the headers of some portions of the studio, while the “jigsaw” LED panels and vista video wall alcove displayed similar topical graphics.
Editor’s note: This article was posted Feb. 5, 2020, two days after the broadcasts in question aired due to some technical difficulties with our editorial systems Feb. 4. However, in the aftermath of the Iowa caucus coverage, these newscasts’ “previews” of the events in Iowa ended up being somewhat ironic — so we felt it was newsworthy to post it even two days later.