What didn’t we see and hear during the made-for-TV conventions?

“It wasn’t about the bowl. It wasn’t about the room. It was about the TV product, which was as pristine as possible.”

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SiriusXM Editor
July 30, 2016

DNC 2016

SiriusXM’s Jared Rizzi spent the last two weeks on the floor of the Republican and Democratic conventions. As he emerges from life inside arenas to the real world, he’s taking a hard look at how most people consume these events.

“There are some areas in which the microphones and the cameras just don’t give the whole picture,” Rizzi says. “If you were listening on POTUS or watching on television, you may not have perceived everything that was going on in the room.”

Rizzi points out moments during which vocal minorities were drowned out by “Hillary” chants at the DNC or when cameras panned to exclude seats left empty by missing delegates at the RNC.

“There were things that we didn’t see … because of who controls the cameras and microphones.”

And why didn’t Clinton address the “no more war” chants or other protests by Sanders supporters in the crowd?

“It wasn’t about the bowl. It wasn’t about the room,” Rizzi says. “It was about the TV product, which was as pristine as possible.”

Ultimately, these “made-for-television events” can influence someone’s vote and deserve some critical eyes and ears.

“Everyone tweeting at me saying, ‘we did get it, we did get it’ — Good! But for the people who are listening in 10 second clips, didn’t watch it live and probably won’t see a clip of that until it appears in an ad two months from now — that’s who you’ve got to be the messenger for.”

Listen to Rizzi’s analysis:

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