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Hype Watch

I was pretty busy up in Boston, and didn't watch much of the television coverage of the Democratic Convention. So you tell me: did the pundits gush over all the speeches like they're doing in New York? Best I can tell, most of the commentators, even those who are apparently supposed to be "objective" or even "pro-Democratic," think Guiliani's speech on Monday ranked up there with some of the best efforts of Demosthenes. And they clearly thought Arnold hit a Barry Bonds shot into the upper deck. (Personally, I thought the best podium appearance of the night was by the Bush Twins). And hey, I was watching MSNBC and PBS. I didn't have any blood pressure medication on hand, so I avoided Fox altogether. That was probably a smart move, according to WaPo's wonderful TV critic, Tom Shales, who said this morning that Fox was covering the Convention like it's a "happy birthday party for God." Maybe the entertainment paradigm for political media really has taken over, with commentators treating conventions like football games where ratings depend on the idea that every boring 7-3 contest is a Clash of Titans that will go down in the annals of sport.
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