No Glitz, No Glamour

Armed with little but airtime, C-SPAN hopes to show Dan Rather a thing or two about election coverage

At the Washington headquarters of the Cable-Satellite Public Affairs Network, better known as C-SPAN, it is 3 p.m. -- time for the daily news meeting. The network's editors are preparing for their version of the Olympics: gavel-to- gavel coverage of this week's Republican Convention. As they pore over the programming possibilities, senior producer Sarah Trahern reaches for her pencil and enthusiastically underlines one passage: a 90-minute call-in show on George Bush's regulatory policy. Eyes light up. Heads nod in agreement.

While the major networks will air only snippets of speeches and endless pontification by commentators, C-SPAN will offer blanket coverage of...

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