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TV served a higher, ritualistic purpose on this election night

TV served a higher, ritualistic purpose on this election night

There are moments in our national life when media take on a higher role serving a ritualistic function beyond even their journalistic one as we collectively move through an epic passage.

Tuesday night and early Wednesday morning that happened with the victory of Donald Trump over Hillary Clinton, and thanks to some good work at CNN, TV was mostly up to the challenge after 18 months of failing in major ways to responsibly serve democracy in these tumultuous times.

It had to be. For all our talk and love of new media, TV was still the old medium we gathered around in our homes, bars and at viewing parties for these election returns. And there many of us watched in surprise, if...

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