Convention Coverage

CONVENTION COVERAGE….The Hill reports that the major networks are planning to reduce their coverage of the Democratic and Republican conventions this year to almost nothing. Apparently the current plan is to devote perhaps an hour to live coverage on Wednesday and two hours on Thursday, when the candidates give their acceptance speeches.

Frankly, the only thing that strikes me as odd about this is that they’re even planning to devote that much time. It’s been decades since either convention actually meant anything, and it’s not clear why TV networks feel obligated to broadcast a show that almost no one watches ? for good reason. As Ted Koppel says, they’re just infomercials these days.

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