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The Party Isn't Over

August 30, 1992

In "Is the Party Over?" writer Jane Hall quotes several sources who suggest that the national political conventions be edited or completely eliminated from prime-time television (Aug. 16).

The convention coverage provides a great opportunity for the public to become interested in and educated about the issues. Without such coverage, the campaigns are reduced to sound bites and slick television ads. But I do have one recommendation: Edit the hourlong presidential acceptance speeches.

At the 1924 Republican National Convention, the delegates were forced to listen to a long-winded orator in a warm auditorium. When the orator noticed that the delegates were not paying attention, he stopped his speech and yelled: "That's all right; I'm speaking for the benefit of posterity anyway." In the press gallery, Will Rogers responded: "If he don't get done with that thing pretty soon, they'll be here."

REED MARKHAM

Pomona

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