Picture poor: How the networks are showing a story that’s essentially page after page of text
One of the biggest challenges of the Mueller Report coverage, besides its sheer size and fairly heavy redactions, is the fact that it’s not exactly indicative of the adage “a picture is worth a thousand words.”
So, how are networks covering a story where the main topic is essentially millions of letters?
After the report was released, networks, like the public, had access to a PDF of the report.
The PDF, however, was formatted in such a way that the text could not be copy and pasted — likely to protect redacted text — which would make it hard to pull excerpts from it and turn into graphics quickly.
In addition to the on-screen text and views of the report, networks are also relying heavily on loops of still photos and video footage of Mueller, Barr, Trump and other key figures.
During earlier reporting, anchors and commentators were also seen on air literally reading from printed or digital copies of the report.
This is a developing story and will be updated.
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