Of course there is cheering in reading.
The scientific and historical teams that worked on the project of identifying the human remains found in the architectural remains of what was believed to be the old Greyfriars church in Leicester took full advantage of the suspense of their press conference to give a really thoughtful look at the scholarly process and to show off to the public the value not just of history but of the painstaking research that it takes to write it. One of the geneticists mentioned the "blind alleys" that the project had sometimes taken him down — this sort of thing is never the straight path with the neat "aha!" moment that it looks to be on TV.
Even better, a historian spoke about reconciling contemporaneous and later chronicles with the new material evidence. She did a close reading live on the BBC, pointing out particularities of Latin adjectives used to describe Richard III, talking about narrative voice and authorial intention. Careful reading of text took center stage on the news. There was history and there was New Historicism.