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Sunday, August 01, 2004

What we missed in boston from the NYT.

Instead of scorning the event, the networks would do better by working with convention planners more closely. Both have plenty to gain... Ratings for cable news and PBS increased over the convention. If the broadcast networks had provided more coverage and given a sleeker presentation, millions more viewers might have been tempted to tune in. Conventions will never get huge ratings or make the networks money, but they only come once every four years.

I completely agree. They package things even more boring than the convention and it sells. Packaging matters. And saying that the news is "not consequential" is really protesting too much, when networks now create news whole cloth in the form of reality programming. Kind of weird that they are shying away from the ultimate reality show. Why couldn't they do a sort of political Real World or something equally ridiculous?

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