The Press: Covering the Convention

If all the words filed from the Philadelphia convention last week were laid end to end, they would equal (in quantity, if not in information) about four volumes of the Encyclopaedia Britannica. Never before had a Republican convention been described by so many newsmen (1,600) in so many words (5,098,372).* Press, radio, newsreels and television not only outnumbered but outranked the delegates.

Sometimes it seemed as if the delegates, who after all were supposed to make the decisions, were in fact like a studio audience at a radio broadcast: expected to register, by their...

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