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Newswatch with Raymond snody. This week, is BBC News already getting


overexcited by the US presidential Welcome to the first programme of


2012. Later, why did the... First, is is hard to predict what she will


be watching and commenting on on the news this year but one safe bet


is that we will all be hearing a lot about the presidential election


in the United States. Although the final vote doesn't take place until


November, here -- there are a series of contests before then to


decide who the Republican Party will be putting up against


President Obama. This week's caucuses kicked that process off.


Martin wrote, oh, no, it has started again. Yes who becomes the


crowned leader of the West is important but come on, don't give


us a blow-by-blow account for the next few months. But John echoed


The BBC's North American editor, Mark Martel, is leading its


coverage of US elections this year. We asked him to take a break from


the campaign trail to respond to those points macro. -- those points.


A high was interested in flows -- I was interested in those e-mails.


When I was Europe Editor, I said it was easier to get a profile as a


revision of someone who is not going to be president of United


States than it is the one who is about to be the most powerful


politician in Europe, Angela Merkel. Now, I would agree that it is more


important to look at the next President of France rather than Ron


Paul, who is probably not going to be the president of the USA, have


we have believed opinion polls. But there are both good and, I would


say bad, but not quite so good reasons why refocus a lot on


American politics, not just the BBC but the whole of the media. It is


relatively easy. People speak English and they speak in the sound


bites and say colourful things very well. There are loads of other


networks so there are lots of pictures. All events are covered in


great depth. Although I don't think this is actually true that American


politics is simple, it has a certain clarity that appeals to


people. Game On! There are some good reasons for the way we cover


American politics in depth. It is still the most powerful, arguably


the at the most important country in the world. Economic clear,


militarily, culturally. -- economic three. What it does matters. You


only have to think about Iraq to see how much it matters for the


rest of the world. It matters to his President and it matters the


clash of ideas in this great democracy, this very open democracy


where people have very strong views and are expressing them the whole


time. It is important to see what people are saying. This is a


campaign night where America wins. We are going to hit America back on


track. That has big resonance in the rest of the world and in


Britain. If the argument that we will see in this connection between


one vision of America, which depends on cutting back the state,


cutting taxes, getting rid of red tape, allowing capitalism to boom


and zoom. And something that is a lot more like social democracy from


Obama's side. I am determined and we try and use not only the


Republican race but the whole of this election cycle to look at some


very big questions about America and its direction. I've been


determined to do that for a while and it probably doesn't always come


off. But just come back from I were. About to go to New Hampshire and I


thought -- I know there are people within the BBC who thought hour by


hour coverage was to detail. If you are going to cover a news event,


you have to tell people what happened and so you have to explain


a little bit about what that means and why those things have happened.


Maybe that is too much detail for some people. Others I know will be


lapping it up. One thing we've got at the BBC have that is useful in


that we do not have to tell everything the same on television,


radio and on a social media. I can go into detail on my blog, the


anorak side of friends, that I wouldn't, 10 o'clock News. That is


one advantage. Now for some of the other points to have been making to


was, starting with the big news on Tuesday. Good evening. It has taken


18 years but today, two men have been found guilty of the murder of


the black teenager Stephen Lawrence. Coverage of the conviction and


sentencing of Gary Dobson and David Norris continued throughout the


week and included several background pieces on the extent of


racial tensions two decades on from his murder. One was from home


affairs editor Mark Easton, recording -- reporting from Peckham.


Waves of immigration have shared highly diverse neighbourhoods in


some of us -- our inner cities. These are committees where I have


found tension, even produces just below this surface. Don't think


there was guilty. Really? Do you think there was a stitch-up?


think there was a stitch-up. One little speck. That interview we


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went on to use what is commonly Over the Christmas holiday, there


was widespread coverage of Prince Philip's Cup -- treatment for a


blocked coronary artery. It it had been a moment of anxiety on Friday


when he had been admitted to hospital with chest pains. After


three full days and four nights, the Duke left Papworth with a wave


and feeling very cheerful, according to Palace officials with


him. For a number of news watch viewers, this story featured too


Some complaints related not to the content of the broadcasts over the


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Forced remember the row over the all-male sports list for the BBC


Sports personality of the year? -- remember. Last week, there were


more cries of sexism. As has become traditional, the website ran two


selections of faces which had been in the news last year, one for men,


one for women. So it -- it showed one a photograph Command. Whose was


the woman's face of December? Step forward one of the giant pandas are


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