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A new backdrop for WCAX?

Posted on Aug 23, 2009 by billsimmon in TV, vermont | 1 Comments

Dr./Gov./Chairman Howard Dean appeared on CBS’s Face the Nation this morning to discuss the public option in the proposed health care reform bill. He was announced as joining the discussion via satellite from Burlington, Vermont, so he must have been at WCAX. WCAX is the Burlington CBS affiliate and as far as I know, the only game in town for linking up to networks via satellite. But the horrible books were gone!

The background was a simple sky-blue seamless drop like you might see used in high school yearbook photos. It looked fine. No harsh shadow, no fake books — there was nothing about the shot that looked chintzy. Kudos, WCAX! There’s still some room for improvement but his is much better than the fake books.

Of course there’s another possibility. Senator Sanders was on the Rachel Maddow Show on MSNBC just a few nights ago with the ridiculous fake books. So either WCAX just made the upgrade within the last couple of days, or they know the fake books make the guests look silly and they’re intentionally using that backdrop for uplinks to MSNBC and using the not-so-ridiculous one for the CBS network uplinks.

Or Howard Dean’s people spoke up and forced the issue, or the network saw the books and balked… it could have happened any number of ways. We’ll know more the next time Dean, Sanders, Leahy, Welch or Steve Benen show up on MSNBC. However it happened, it’s nice to know the fake books aren’t the only option at WCAX.

h/t to eagle-eye Jim Brayton for catching this.



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  1. On August 23, 2009, Ari said:

    And h/t to you for the super constipation-y screenshots!

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