A still better way to improve convention coverage would be to withdraw all reporters and force the curious to rely on a C-SPAN feed: Unless a brokered convention threatens to break out, these political gatherings tend to produce very little real news. Yet the networks, the newspapers, the magazines, and the Web sites continue to insist on sending battalions of reporters to sift for itsy specks of information.And it's true. The issues that come out of conventions tend to be meta issues - dissection of the tone of speeches, that sort of thing. And, as much fun as that stuff can be to the committed junkies, it's just plain not news.
Monday, August 25, 2008
Jack Shafer: Don't Cover the Conventions
The best thing about Slate, Jack Shafer, writes
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