TELEVISION: How Close to Reality?

The TV men covering the Los Angeles convention created "ugly chaos where nothing was visible except their own drawn, pale, bleating faces." complained The New Yorker last week. As the sessions wore on, the reporters "became increasingly clownish, aggressive, sarcastic and self-important. The harassment of the politicians reached an obscene pitch."

The New York Daily News echoed the complaint, but partly blamed the politicians themselves, who constantly played up to TV. It probably was not worth it, the News suggested. Between 14 and 15 million people watched each convention, an impressive audience for TV, but small compared with "U.S. newspapers' total...

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