But Will They “Lure” Ratings?

“Inaugural Week Street ‘Newscasts’ Lure Onlookers,” reports the AP, of the gawkers gathering “to watch network and local television anchor” deliver —note the scare quotes— “‘newscasts’” from various inauguration event sites. Per the AP:

Newsmen and women bundled in heavy winter coats, scarves, hats and gloves engaged in brisk banter on location while onlookers stood by at some of the inaugural day venues.

While the “banter” on CNN (which I happen to be watching) may not always be “brisk…”

KATE BOLDUAN: Of course, we have no clue of how many people will show up, but we expect it to be much busier than the space I’m standing in today.

SOLEDAD O’BRIEN: Yeah, looks kind of empty by you, but I’ve got to tell you, it’s starting to get filled up where we are…”

…the hats of CNN make up for — or at least, distract from— that:

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Liz Cox Barrett is a writer at CJR.