The first presidential debate of 2012 is finally here. President Obama and Mitt Romney will go head-to-head on Wednesday, and it's going to be pretty hard to miss.
That's because networks have planned a staggering amount of coverage for the debates in October. As many as 3,000 journalists will be at University of Denver's Hamilton Gymnasium, the venue for the first debate, on Wednesday night. That numbers reflects the "crush of reporters and outlets" that has seemed present at every turn of this election.
CNN, MSNBC, Fox News, ABC News, CBS News and NBC News will devote several hours to airing and analyzing the event on Wednesday. On top of that, they've all promised extensive coverage online and comprehensive fact-checking in real time.
The networks aren't the only ones either. Other news organizations — including the New York Times, which will have 20 reporters and editors on hand to shoot down false claims — will be in on the action, too.
The first forum, moderated by Jim Lehrer, will address the economy, health care and "governing." It starts at 9 p.m. Below, see how the networks will cover the debates.
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