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Thumbs Down to the Morning News for its day-after evaluation of television network coverage of the Wash-ington crash of the Air Florida plane in January, a badtaste example of disaster as show business. Among the scintillating details were which network got there first, which had the most coverage, which had the least. Critic Barry Boesch even felt compelled to tell us that one TV reporter used “words to describe what the cameras could not show in the growing dark.”

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