A slowly unfolding mystery for media

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by Associated Press

Associated Press

Posted on March 13, 2013 at 5:00 PM

Updated Wednesday, Mar 13 at 5:05 PM

NEW YORK (AP) — The election of a new pope presented news organizations with a slowly unfolding mystery governed by centuries of tradition.

Television news personalities were clearly uncomfortable with that Wednesday. But it may have been the best thing for their networks, with the story revealing itself like a reality show competition, only this time without a manufactured conclusion.

White smoke or black smoke? Who's that sneaking a peek through the curtains overlooking St. Peter's Square? When will someone appear to announce the new pope's name? What do we know about the man?

News organizations wrestled with all those questions as the day moved on.

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