Time Essay: Putting Congress on the Tube

After Canada's House of Commons installed television cameras and started recording its proceedings for the tube last fall, the tailors and barbers of Ottawa found themselves with an unexpected rush of parliamentary business. Members bought pastel-colored suits to brighten their images on the air. They had their hair styled. Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau reverted to the Caesar cut that he wore in his triumphant 1968 campaign.

Now that the U.S. House of Representatives has decided to admit TV cameras to witness its daily business, House leaders fear that something more fundamental than personal...

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