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Zurawik: Cable TV owns 2020 race with town halls, candidate interviews. Mostly, that's a good thing

Zurawik: Cable TV owns 2020 race with town halls, candidate interviews. Mostly, that's a good thing

Critics of prime-time cable news often dismiss it as an empty-headed noise machine, a partisan shout-fest that mainly confuses and polarizes its audience as it makes more and more prime-time money at the expense of democracy.

Look at the cosmic failure of cable news in 2016 in covering the candidacy of Donald Trump, they say. No argument here on the Trump-in-2016 part of that thesis.

But anyone who watched MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow interviewing Democratic candidate Pete Buttigieg Monday night knows better — way better as to how impressively some players in the cable news universe are performing in prime time these days. The conversation between two of the smartest people in...

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