The Press: The Media Mob

"There's only news enough for 1,500 of us," complained Washington Post Columnist Nicholas von Hoffman from Miami Beach last week, "but we are here 8,000 strong. We saturate this convention; nothing and nobody is safe from our starved searching for angles, oddities and inconsequential exclusives." Actually, Von Hoffman underestimated. More than 10,000 people had passes stamped MEDIA hung around their necks at a Democratic Convention that proved to be largely devoid of overt drama, and a sense of editorial overkill was inevitable.

Crammed into curtained cubbyholes off the convention floor or within the...

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