Video: Do Conventions Turn Off the Public?

Some TV news executives think so, and Atlanta may mark the end of an era

The heat was thick outside Atlanta's Omni Coliseum, but the nostalgia inside was even thicker. John F. Kennedy Jr. stirred memories of Camelot as he introduced Uncle Ted on Tuesday night. Walter Cronkite and Eric Sevareid, those old TV warriors, were back in the CBS anchor booth. And network reporters, heads cocked into their earphones, mikes at the ready, were trolling the floor for stories as if it all still meant something.

No one, least of all the network commentators, could ignore the fact that the 1988 Democratic National Convention was a made-for-TV event. Virtually everything was geared for the TV...

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