For TV Junkies, World News Is a Spectator Sport

A week of live broadcasts starts with the green lawns of Wimbledon and ends with tanks on the lawn of the Turkish parliament. Time for a reality check.

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Compared to so many weeks past, my TV viewing week started auspiciously. On a sunny Sunday, lying comfortably in bed with one of my grandsons, Yair – all 8.5 years of him – we were planning some “quality time”...