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TV finds a winning formula for Trump inauguration coverage

TV finds a winning formula for Trump inauguration coverage

Television’s days might be numbered in a digital world. But it still has an unrivaled ability to cover a wide range of events in a short space of time. And, in the main, it showed that today with its blanket inauguration coverage.

The medium is never better when it comes to politics than when it cuts down on the chatter, focuses the cameras and lets viewers bear witness to the major rituals of American civic life. Streaming can do some of that, too, in its own jumpy way, but never with the same kind of wide-screen fullness and depth that sets the pageantry against a backdrop of the buildings and monuments that symbolize our democracy.

TV did that superbly in the...

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