Critics who regularly bemoan the dumbing down of television news would most likely have been enraged by the sight, on a recent weekday, of animated characters on an evening newscast explaining the political power wielded by superdelegates.
Thankfully, perhaps, for Josh Landis and Mitch Butler, those detractors apparently do not often watch the "CBS Evening News with Katie Couric."
The two men, new to CBS News, are the minds and artists behind "Fast Draw," an animated series created with dry-erase markers that tries to shed light on news developments.
Set to fanciful music, the three-minute segment on the Feb. 8 newscast likened superdelegates to "wizards" who overrule voters. "Like the great and powerful Oz, these superdelegates are pulling the levers of powers in your political party," Mr. Butler intoned.
"Now I get it!" Ms. Couric remarked at the end. Her reaction suggested that "Fast Draw" would reappear on the evening newscast sometime soon. "That was great," she said, sounding genuinely impressed. "I enjoyed that, that was fun."
Watch the "Fast Draw" explanation of superdelegates in action: