What was touted as “complete GOP convention coverage” turned out to be mostly talkathons on TV news outlets, observed Grumpy Editor.
Some of the most interesting speakers in the Cleveland gathering were snubbed while TV hosts --- on both cable and over-the-air outlets --- chatted with each other as podium action was relegated to a split screen.
Networks’ convention booths saw up to nine people around a table offering comments as on-stage speakers were muted.
At times, only one of the three main TV cable channels aired speakers live. CNN had an edge, presenting more live speakers than its talkative competitors.
NBC, ABC and CBS also did much yakking among themselves.
For example, a stirring presentation by Laura Ingraham, radio talk show host, and often seen on Fox News where she also has filled in for Bill O’Reilly, was snubbed by all commercial TV outlets. And that, strangely, also included Fox.
A surprise headline later on CNN’s web site: Laura Ingraham rocks the GOP convention.
With live action on stage, some outlets ran film clips, did interviews on the floor and elsewhere, ran talkers comments from other channels --- while overlooking speakers that viewers sought.
Another interesting speaker, seen only on CNN, was Kimberlin Brown, an actress and owner of several small operations ranging from a design business to avocado farming. As she cited overregulation “is killing small businesses,” other channels’ personalities were busy chatting, agreeing or disagreeing on political matters and GOP developments.
Brown declared Donald Trump is “the only man to get businesses and the country back on track.”
It’ll be interesting to see if the same treatment is carried out today when the Democrats start their convention in Philadelphia.
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