News coverage of Vladimir Putin's two-week-old invasion of Ukraine and the Ukrainians' heroic resistance and suffering reflects the power as well as the limits of broadcast journalism in all its forms. As the old adage goes, war is long periods of boredom punctuated by moments of sheer terror. It presents the television medium with a daunting challenge: Its journalism must deliver real-time reporting of crucial events while manufacturing substance to fill the empty hours in-between. Not surprisingly, like the real-world experience of combat 24/7, when it comes to covering a war, what shows up on screen is a mixed picture at best.
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