The Press: The Longest Week

For the television viewer more than the newspaper reader, the Democratic Convention was an acute attack of the blahs. TV's longest week was a forced seminar on the shortcomings of the medium and the medium's approach to the convention. It proved, if nothing else, that the printed word, when properly chosen, can be worth a thousand pictures from the tube.

Television was simply not the best reporter of what was essentially a business meeting. Ironically, it was the party reforms, many of them designed to make the convention less tedious to the home viewer,...