Whether in favor, opposed, or undecided over 13 million people watched the first day of impeachment hearings last week.
That unusual focus on midday ‘serious’ television appears to have been a phenomenon both on the ground and in the air, too at least on airlines offering live TV streamed to a seat back entertainment device, as reported by Georgiana Platt:
Don't think I have ever been on a flight when EVERYONE is watching the same thing (except long ago, when you had no choice) #ImpeachmentHearing #constanttraveler #friendlyskies #ambassadoryovanovitch pic.twitter.com/vzG5YHUu7M
— Georgiana Platt (@gianabanan) November 15, 2019
Impeachment hearings make for great theater. The stakes are high. We’re waiting to see what’s revealed next. And the nuances of questions, side glances, and gaffes are ripe for dissection.
This is much better than the olden days when everyone on a plane watched the same thing because there were just overhead monitors, and one thing playing on all of them. On an American Airlines flight from Sydney to Honolulu to Dallas back in 1991 they kept playing John Goodman’s King Ralph over and over – and I wanted to impeach the airline’s Vice President of Inflight.
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