Services for John McCain, Aretha Franklin Pose a Challenge for TV Networks

Aug 31, 2018  •  Post A Comment

“Two beloved Americans, two services: one screen wasn’t always enough for television news networks following services for Sen. John McCain and Aretha Franklin on Friday,” the AP reports. “CNN, Fox News Channel and MSNBC each tried to keep viewers caught up on people paying respect to McCain as his body was lying in state in the U.S. Capitol, and the lengthy remembrance for the Queen of Soul in Detroit.”

The report notes that Franklin’s service started late, enabling news networks to cover the Capitol ceremony in full.

“The broadcast networks ABC, CBS and NBC interrupted their regular programming to show speeches by government leaders, including Vice President Mike Pence,” the AP reports. “McCain’s 106-year-old mother attended the Capitol ceremony honoring her son, although that caused one awkward moment for CNN. The network misidentified another woman in a wheelchair as her and later had to apologize.”

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