By Howard Kurtz, CNN
(CNN) - As televised theater, it was hard to beat. As political prognostication, it was a head-scratching moment. As partisan warfare, it was nothing short of audacious.
But Karl Rove's insistence that Barack Obama had not carried Ohio - despite the call by his own network, Fox News, that the president had done just that - represented something larger. It captured, for some long and awkward moments, the refusal of some in the media-and-politics game to accept reality.
And that has been a recurring pattern this year.