Press: TV's $30 Million Question

Democracy fares very poorly in the ratings this year. Obviously the public is trying to tell politicians and networks something—about conventions as well as about the choice of candidates. If a political convention were a sitcom, it would be canceled by now. If it were a miniseries, as in some respects it is, any producer would be devising more ways to skip the boring parts and speed it up. Conventions, however, are the work of four different and uncoordinated producers—the party chairman and the three networks—all vying for an audience that gets smaller...

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