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Monday, January 22, 2007

A problem with TV coverage

Bob Cox reports on the problem with television's attempted coverage at something like the Scooter Libby Trial. Maybe the public doesn't want to see how the sausage is made in TV news, but this is an example of how events at a lengthy, often tiresome proceeding can be pushed out of context by those attempting to capture only a snippet of the event.

It isn't sexy sitting in a trial day after day, hour after hour. In fact, much of the time is spent trying to stay sufficiently caffeinated and interested in the event. But the thing about trials is, you never really know when the bomb will drop or the revelation be made or the smoking gun be uncovered. It requires time — some of it fruitful, some not — that most news organizations now find themselves hard-pressed to give up.

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