It has gotten puzzling as to why the networks still bother to carve out huge chunks of prime time for them as “news” instead of being honest about it and having TV guides list them as “paid programming” out to sell wandering viewers on something that they really don’t want.
There was a time, which ever-dwindling numbers now remember, when these events actually did make news, were as big an attraction as the Super Bowl when viewers didn’t know as “the show” started who the presidential nominee would be. Heck, at times the big “winner” didn’t even wind up with who he wanted as the vice presidential candidate.
Those were the days when what has now become non-stop self-congratulation mixed with mud slinging at opponents were actual contests … like football games. Not what they’ve become now.
Both major parties would do the world a greater service, as would the networks, if they took all the money they spend on putting on/covering these non-events and donated it to the charity of their choice. It would also be of great benefit to the mental health of the American public.