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Would you please help me understand what "It was riveting television, tribal and raw" mean in this text?

It is from a book by Barack Obama

Here is the text

The city council, once a rubber stamp for Old Man Daley, had divided into racial camps, a controlling majority of white aldermen blocking every reform that Harold proposed. He tried to wheedle and cut deals, but they wouldn’t budge. It was riveting television, tribal and raw, but it limited what Harold could deliver for those who’d elected him.

Thank you very much indeed

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