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Roundup: RNC Coverage Feedback Spurs Nostalgia

Last Friday in the roundup we looked at some of the feedback and conversations happening on Twitter during the Democratic National Convention. This week people were just as vocal, and maybe even a little more critical of PBS coverage of the RNC.

 @jonathanjulian said, "Did PBS really say that palin's speech was a grand slam? Were they listening?"

Much of the conversation about PBS's coverage of the RNC this week was positive, although some people were upset about some apparent technical glitches and camera issues Wednesday night.

 @jennyitup said, "OMG I need to get cable. PBS' camera work is killing me!" 

And just like last week, we heard from quite a few people who appreciated scaled back commentary and more straight video of speeches. @KPav said, "PBS's convention coverage struck the right balance of speeches, commentary (Brooks/Shields) and context (historians)."

 @rickchatham said, "Charlie Rose (on PBS) coverage of Palin was very good tonight. I forget what a great show it is." Thanks Rick! 

Mixed in with the Republican convention chatter were several not so happy viewers who caught onto another wave of publicity this week around Mister Rogers being cut back on many local stations, @Groovy said  "[I'm] saddened to hear that as of this month most PBS stations stopped airing reruns of Mr. Rogers because he 'doesn't appeal to today's youth'". The story is a bit more complicated than that. Read our blog post from last month to learn more. 

And last but certainly not least, the nostalgia of PBS rings true even in the age of digital nomads (Youtube video), @RobLongert said, "Watching RNC coverage on PBS. PBS, you had me at Big Bird."

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News Hour On Conventions

Last Friday, you asked for feedback on the News Hours' convention coverage. In brief it was HORRIBLE. I did not watch every minute of the news hour programs -- I am not talking about the conventions themselves -- but what I saw left me feeling sad for the program and the country.

On the democratic convention, you played up the Clinton-Obama tension with interviews with delegates, but you also had commentators on from the republicans.

On the republican convention, it was all go-go republican with no comments on critical of the comments only positive comments from the delegates -- what did you expect. There was no commentary from the democrats.

It was so uninformative and quite frankly unpaid-political advertisement that I turned of the program at least two of the nights -- no content!

Think about it!

Edwin M. Truman
Somerset, Maryland

pbs coverage of conventions

I WAS PLEASED WITH THE COVERAGE OF BOTH CONVENTIONS; THE BROADCAST NETWORKS THAT I CAN GET ONLY COVERED TO 10PM PART; I WAS GLAD TO SEE IT ALL.. I DONT GET CABLE OR SATTELITE; THANK GOD!!! SO MUCH GARBAGE; THANK YOU PBS; I JUST WISH I COULD AFFORD SOME OF YOUR DVD/S SINCERELY DMC

Palin's speech

I agree with the first comment -- PBS said Palin's speech was a grand slam -- maybe of the iHop (or was it Dennys?) variety. It was loaded with fat and grease. Thank our lucky stars that she and Grumpy didn't win.

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