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The Political Conventions As TV Spectacle

Time‘s TV critic James Poniewozik examines the 2012 Republican and Democratic conventions as the TV spectacles they are. Yes, he talks about the ratings spin, but he also addresses a larger question: how much do the conventions matter, and how much TV coverage is warranted?

If conventions are no longer about convincing the undecided, is there still as much public interest in networks carrying them? TV has cut back in recent conventions to begin with, for self-interested reasons but also on the grounds that they’re really free political advertising. But at least there’s an argument for free political advertising, if genuinely undecided viewers are looking to it for information to make a decision. If conventions are more and more about base-motivation, TV coverage is less a public service to the viewers and more a public service to the parties. (Though one argument for that, maybe, is that it’s massive “free media” that balances out the influence of political-ad money.)

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The Scoreboard: Thursday, August 30

25-54 demographic (Live +SD)

  • Total day: FNC: 608 | MSNBC: 253 | CNN: 215 | HLN: 96
  • Primetime: FNC: 2.629 | MSNBC: 467 | CNN: 581 | HLN: 247

5p: 6p: 7p: 8p: 9p: 10p: 11p: 12a:
FNC TheFive: Baier: Shep: O’Reilly: Hannity: RNC: RNC/Greta: Greta:
369 395 433 1.002 1.310 2.575 2.118 975
MSNBC Matthews: Sharpton: RNC: RNC: RNC: RNC: RNC: RNC:
186 251 260 303 465 626 742 493
CNN Blitzer: Blitzer: RNC: RNC: RNC: RNC: RNC: Morgan:
86 128 225 394 444 904 723 249
HLN Express: Express: VelezMitch: Grace: DrDrew: Grace: Showbiz: DrDrew:
29 39 44 161 96 104 144 98

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CNN Camerawoman On Harassment At RNC: ‘I hate that it happened, but I’m not surprised at all’

Patricia Carroll, the CNN camerawoman at the center of a controversy at the RNC is speaking out. On Tuesday, Carroll was on the job in the Tampa Bay Times Forum when two attendeeds threw nuts at her and said, “This is how we feed animals.”

Carroll spoke to Richard Prince at the Maynard Insititute.

Carroll, who agreed to be named for the first time, said she does not want her situation to be used for political advantage. “This situation could happen to me at the Democratic convention or standing on the street corner. Racism is a global issue,” she said by telephone from Tampa.

She said that she had no reason to believe that the perpetrators knew she was a CNN employee, so their actions were likely based on race alone. They were apparently alternate delegates.

She said she wanted to thank CNN, which “has been behind me 100 percent.” Although she was stationed on the floor next to Fox News, the perpetrators “didn’t know what I was doing. I happened to be standing there,” near one of the delegations.

Carroll told the site Witches Brew, “We haven’t come that far. Black people have been in bondage longer then they have been free. Stuff like this will continue to be a part of the black experience.”

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Former ‘Morning Joe’ EP Makes Unintentional Return to Show

This morning, I stopped by “CBS This Morning” which has been broadcasting this week from the floor of the Tampa Bay Times Forum. As I was interviewing CBS VP and “This Morning” EP Chris Licht, Licht could be seen behind Jeb Bush during much of an 8-minute interview being conducted on the show he once produced: MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.” Let’s just say Licht got more than a few emails about his unintentional return. Bush was also on “This Morning” with Charlie Rose and Norah O’Donnell.

While Bush was at the Forum, the “Morning Joe” team is originating from the nearby Elephant Bar, where I dropped in Tuesday morning. Look for our story on “CBS This Morning” later and see Jeb Bush’s interview on “Morning Joe” after the jump…

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Mika and Joe React to Chris Matthews Outburst on Monday’s ‘Morning Joe’

After signing off from “Morning Joe” Tuesday, Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski headed over to panel put on by the St. Pete-based Poynter Institute where the MSNBC hosts reacted to what happened on Monday’s show when their colleague Chris Matthews got into it with RNC Chairman Reince Preibus.

Scarborough told the crowd of 500 he was upset that his show “wasted five minutes of the audience’s time” during Matthews’ outburst, which did “absolutely nothing to illuminate the conversation.”

“We love Chris, Chris loves us, Chris comes on the show all the time, and we want him back again,” Scarborough said. Nevertheless, he doesn’t support political outbursts like Matthews.’

“Our strategy for discourse on the show is to have a civil one,” adds Brzezinski. “I think things went off the rails a little bit, and it wasn’t our best show. It’s live, it’s three hours a day, and sometimes we have a good show and sometimes we don’t have such a good show.”

Merrill was at a much more “on the rails” show yesterday as she continues to cover the media as they cover the RNC. Here’s her report. This morning Merrill attended an ABC News/Univision breakfast with Diane Sawyer and Jorge Ramos. Look for that story later.

(h/t ICN)

Scenes from (Almost) Day One at the RNC

This TVNewser arrived in Tampa this morning, just as Tropical Storm Isaac’s outer bands continued to lash Florida’s west coast. The Republican National Convention, already shortened by a day because of Isaac, has changed the plans for some TV news anchors and reporters. But, for now, ABC’S Diane Sawyer, NBC’s Brian Williams and CBS’s Scott Pelley will broadcast Monday’s shows from here in Tampa.

So far we’ve stopped by the outdoor set of MSNBC, where “Hardball” and other shows will originate. We’ll be stopping by “Morning Joe” tomorrow at the Elephant Bar in the Channelside District. MSNBC has space inside the Tampa Bay Times forum as well where Andrea Mitchell is anchoring her show. Bloomberg’s set (below) is across from the Tampa Convention Center. We stopped by as Trish Regan anchored today’s “Street Smart” from the temporary studio, interviewing Lanhee Chen, Mitt Romney‘s policy director.