It was an entire evening based on a demonstrable lie. It was an entire evening based on demonstrable lies told in service to the overriding demonstrable lie. And there was only one real story for actual journalists to tell at the end of it.
The Republicans simply don't care.They've pulled out all the stops. They think this election will be their victory, and there will be no-one to call them to account at the end of it.
They don't care that they lie. They don't care that their lies are obvious. They don't care that their lies wouldn't fool an underpaid substitute Social Studies teacher in a public middle school, who would then probably go out one night and get yelled at by Chris Christie. ("They believe in teacher's unions. They believe in teachers," he said in his speech. Yeah, you just don't believe in paying them.) They don't care that their history is a lie and that, by spreading it, they devalue the actual history of the country, which is something that belongs to us.
And they may be right. They own a whole television network and have a huge staff of net propagandists to spread their lies. The "vote fraud" lies are widely believed. The "Obama has removed the work requirements for welfare" lies seem to be taking hold.
This must have been what the run-up to fascism was like in the 1930s, with mass media pumping out lies and the media-induced madness setting a population against itself. Well…it isn't the 1930s. There is some hope. But what are we hoping for? A still-bad political situation which can be salvaged? Hell of a thing to have to hope for.