Democrats try to unify party on Zoom at DNC


Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms, who has loudly criticized the president on his handling of the coronavirus, is scheduled to speak Aug. 20 alongside Joe Biden, Sen. Tammy Duckworthy of Illinois and Sen. Chris Coons of Delaware.

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While the big names are noteworthy, the strained relationship with TV networks and the DNC is just another hurdle for Democrats to jump through. 

Many speeches, like Michelle Obama’s, have been pre-taped to avoid technical mishaps. But in the pre-COVID era, many networks would cut away during these often predictable and passive speeches. News stations will have to work with multiple sources of video streams and find a way to navigate Zoom, just like the rest of America has.

Major news stations plan on dedicating only an hour of late-night coverage to the convention, while local cable stations have announced they are going to stream the entire program. 

Democrats hope the spread of speakers unifies the party and streamlines its large ideological spectrum.