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Expect more artifice than authenticity in 'town hall' debate

Expect more artifice than authenticity in 'town hall' debate

Sunday night, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump will square off in what's being billed as a "town hall debate."

The term conjures up images of brightly lit New England assembly halls and the Norman Rockwell "Freedom of Speech" illustration that shows a young man straight out of Frank Capra central casting standing tall to address a group of fellow citizens. It's synonymous with democracy and grass-roots government in our shared memory.

Don't be fooled. TV town halls today have almost nothing to do with the real meaning of the term. Instead, they have become another instance of TV taking a staple of American life and shaping it to fit its commercial...

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