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'Gotcha'-getters are now spreading gaffes in real time

Aug 8, 2010 3:00:00 AM - latimes.com
Campaign trackers are as old as politics itself, but in the era of iPhone and YouTube their prominence and capabilities have risen. Campaigns without them 'are really living in the dark ages.'

Jerry Brown was midway through a discourse about poverty at the San Francisco Faith Forum when he paused, focusing on two young white men dressed in preppy clothing who stood out in the largely African American crowd. One was holding an iPhone at shoulder level, subtly taping the Democratic gubernatorial nominee's every word.