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Analysis, Commentary, Cheerleading And Pooh-Poohing, The AP Reviews Convention Coverage

The AP’s David Bauder reviews the coverage of the 2012 political conventions, and finds them wanting for hard news. Rather, he argues, the biul of the coverage was spent on what was essentially “theater criticism”: how effective were the speeches? Who won? Who lost? rather than the content within them.

“I don’t think the coverage overall deserves too much criticism,” said longtime CBS anchor and current AXS-TV host Dan Rather. “But if there is any criticism – and I don’t exempt myself at all from this – is that there is not enough analysis and way too much commentary.”

Rather sheepishly admitted to tweeting that Clinton had hit “a home run” in his convention speech.

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