Before 1980, political conventions were covered continuously all day by the three major television networks, no matter how tedious. From Billy Beer to Al Gore doing the Macarena, these shows can get a little strange.
As the Republican Convention and/or segment of “The Apprentice” opens in Cleveland this week, my desire to attend any more of these donkey and elephant shows is virtually nil. What was once a meaningful exercise in American democracy is now like a boring trade show.
Jack Ohman joined The Sacramento Bee in 2013. He previously worked at the Oregonian, the Detroit Free Press and the Columbus Dispatch. His work is syndicated to more than 200 newspapers by Tribune Media Services. Jack won the Pulitzer Prize in 2016 and was a Pulitzer finalist in 2012. He has won the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award, the Scripps Foundation Award, the national SPJ Award, and was the finalist for the Herblock Prize in 2013. Contact Jack at email@example.com. Twitter: @JACKOHMAN.