Show Business: Viewpoint: No Time for Partisans

"The news media should never create news, it should only cover news . . . Take all these cameras out of here . . . do that within 15 minutes and this crowd would peter out."

The speaker is a delegate to last summer's Republican National Convention, nervously eying a group of weird-looking youths assembled to taunt him and his fellows at the entrance to the Miami Beach auditorium. The listeners are a cinéma vérité team from CBS News, working on a stylish documentary about how one aspect of the big story—the hippie-yippie-zippie street demonstrations—was...

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