NEW YORK (AP) – Promised: new images. New testimony. New and damning revelations designed to eliminate all doubt. Hired to pack everything for the airwaves: a former president of network news. The time slot: 8:00 p.m. on the East Coast, once a hotspot for the nation’s most important television programming.
Presented in prime time and carefully calibrated for a viewing audience (itself increasingly an anachronism), the January 6 ratings debut was, in essence, a summer rerun. Conceived as a gripping legislative docudrama about an event most of the country saw live 18 months ago, it tried mightily to break new ground in a nation of short attention spans and endless distractions.