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Zurawik: TV's John McCain coverage both a righteous celebration of his life — and a rebuke of President Trump

Zurawik: TV's John McCain coverage both a righteous celebration of his life — and a rebuke of President Trump

TV is still the most powerful storyteller of American life. And the medium has been telling no story more powerfully this week than that of Sen. John McCain.

His death on Aug. 25 and the meaning of his life have been covered virtually nonstop on cable news since last Sunday, and it will continue through this Sunday with his burial at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis. I can only imagine how moving those images might be.

The reporting, analyses and appreciations done in newspapers and on TV and online media platforms add up to the kind of coverage usually reserved for presidents. This is television in high-end, ritualized, ceremonial coverage that reinforces and teaches core...

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