Al-Jazeera Visits Northwest Indiana
By Marcus Gilmer in News on Oct 22, 2008 4:20PM
The Arab television network Al-Jazeera has sent a documentary crew on the road in the United States to talk to voters and they visited the Northwest Indiana town of Chesterton this week. The crew, Graham Meriwether and Chris Henderson, are touring communities in the country, part of the Red Blue Road Trip project, to get a read on voters as the historic 2008 Presidential election. The two drive from town to town in a 2002 Honda and edit the footage together on the go. As for the fact they work with Al-Jazeera, the crew hasn't had much trouble. Henderson said, "It's not always the first thing we mention, but if they ask us who we're shooting for, we're honest about it. We don't really have anything to hide. We're cognizant that people may have hesitancy because what's been broadcast in the U.S. about it."
And what about Chesterton? Henderson said, "Most of the people that we talked to ahead of time said it was a strongly Republican area. But the people we talked to were basically split - three for Obama, two McCain supporters, one guy who is not voting, and one undecided." View the Chesterton segment below.