Newscasting: Beach Bash

In Miami Beach last week, a delegate to the Republican National Convention quipped that every time he steps into a men's room, he makes a quick check to see if any TV cameras are watching. It is an understandable reaction. The men and machinery of television are everywhere.

Delegates streaming into convention headquarters in the Fontainebleau Hotel step over TV cables stretching like ganglia across the lobby. Cameras peep through potted palms, from cherrypicker cranes and every conceivable nook in Miami Beach's huge Convention Hall. Mobile units, zoom lenses at the ready,...