Date: 13th November 2000
Television networks and cable channels apparently have an enterprising Internet site to thank for calling attention to the confusing Florida "butterfly" ballot Tuesday night. In a posting to the Online-News newsgroup, Bonnie Gross, executive producer of Sun-Sentinel.com, the Web site of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, said that it originally ran a print story about the matter, filed by one of the newspaper's reporters Tuesday afternoon, "back when it was a minor, local issue." But in the early hours of Wednesday, Gross said, "we were able to write a new headline on our site that we believe made us the first in the nation to report: "Palm Beach ballot issue could be key to Presidential vote." The Web site posted a photo of the disputed ballot, which was soon picked up by other national media, according to Gross.
Source: Studio Briefing