CNN anchor John King has become one of the stars of this election. His clear and composed delivery at his electoral results touch-screen – better known as the “magic wall” – has gained him a captive audience and widespread admiration.
In a glowing article, the LA Times described him as the “master of election maps” and declared him this election’s MVP – baseball lingo meaning Most Valuable Player.
His marathon performances on air – 12-14 hour stints – have been accompanied only by tiny bursts of sleep. He told Vanity Fair on Friday he had managed under 10 hours’ sleep since the election.
King, who’s been using his magic wall on CNN since 2008, is of course getting plenty of praise on Twitter, too.
“John King is flawless. Literally. His knowledge is unmatched. He is fair and his poise puts viewers at ease,” tweeted sports journalist Taylor Rooks.
Some even think of him as family.
“CNN has been on in our house for so long my daughter thinks that John King is a family member,” said the Economist’s 1843 magazine journalist Abby Fielding-Smith.
And some weren’t sure how he just kept going.
“John King isn’t human is he? What is he powered by? I can’t get enough of these pure unadulterated facts,” tweeted the Irish Times’ Jennifer Bray.
Well, at least we know amid all the election madness he managed (at least once) to stop for some lunch: