Television: Election Coverage

A national election has always been high drama, but it is also becoming a good show. If so, it is due to television, which has accustomed voters to a panoply of gadgetry, punditry and minute-by-minute scoring to a degree unequaled in the past. Where else can the voter see the uncertain candidate of the early evening, the beamish victor of midnight, the sour loser of the early morning facing the ordeal by camera with his character showing?

It is also one of the few times when the networks are in direct, visible competition...

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