If it’s Sunday, it must be . . . oh, no!

June 16, 2008

Lots of chatter about what a post-Tim Russert “Meet The Press” might look like:

Tyndall said that if he were NBC News President Steve Capus, a short list for the position would include White House correspondent David Gregory, chief foreign affairs correspondent Andrea Mitchell — both of whom have guest-hosted “Meet the Press” — as well as political director Chuck Todd and “Hardball” host Chris Matthews. Two dark-horse candidates could be “Morning Joe” host Joe Scarborough or perhaps former “Nightly News” anchor Tom Brokaw — that is, if he had any interest in returning to such a prominent role.

Each day, Gregory, Mitchell, Matthews and Scarborough fill slots on MSNBC, and Todd has been a fixture on NBC and MSNBC throughout the 2008 race. While all strong candidates, none has yet to dominate the competition as Russert did.

Against him, Stephanopoulos on “This Week,” Bob Schieffer on “Face the Nation” and Chris Wallace on “Fox News Sunday” all competed for second place.

The best suggestion I’ve heard so far is to return to the panel-of-journalists format, hosted by Chuck Todd. 

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4 Responses to “If it’s Sunday, it must be . . . oh, no!”

  1. Harl Delos Says:

    Chuck Todd certainly has made an impressive splash, hasn’t he? He always has the data at his fingertips, and it’s impossible to tell who he’s rooting for.

    I’d lay odds that Chris Matthews won’t get it. There were a lot of stories going around, about a month ago, that Russert was casting about, looking for Matthews’ replacement.

  2. Doug Says:

    I like Chuck, almost too much. If he took Russert’s spot, I’d be afraid he would lose some of what I like. For me, he’s a provider of facts, not a poser of questions.

    Something about Gregory rubs me the wrong way. The word “smarmy” comes to mind for some reason.

    I agree that Matthews probably won’t get it, but in some ways, he seems like the heir apparent.

    Any possibility of a print journalist getting the gig? Maybe someone like those McClatchy/Knight-Ridder guys who got almost everything right about the run up to the Iraq War when everyone else was strapping on their lapel pins?

  3. gadfly Says:

    I long ago graduated from the “talking head” shows where liberal media types, including the departed Mr. Russert, ply lefties with softballs and pitch curve balls against conservatives. On panel shows we get the “show” conservative such as George Will and a pile of libs.

    Doug will someday understand that his view of who is right or wrong about Iraq and the Islamic Jihad will be subject to the after-the-fact historic review of today’s current events, not a re-write of 911 and the judgments made then. Patriotism has always been an American strength. Since we are offering opinions, I do not believe that liberals understand the concept.

  4. Harl Delos Says:

    Something about Gregory rubs me the wrong way. The word “smarmy” comes to mind for some reason.

    Possibly that’s because he is?

    I agree that Matthews probably won’t get it, but in some ways, he seems like the heir apparent.

    IIRC, his ratings are about half those of Keith Olbermann’s. Keith Olbermann knows he’s popular because he delivers great snark, not because he’s a great newsman, and he doesn’t pretend otherwise. He works darned hard to do his job well.

    Chris Matthews, however, appears to be lazy, and seems to think that the show is about Chris Matthews, with the news taking a back seat. He comes up with a great bumper-sticker line, often by purloining it, and then repeats it dozens of times over the next week or ten days until he can come up with another bumper sticker.

    Any possibility of a print journalist getting the gig?

    If I were Capus – I assume the president of NBC News is the one who hires the Washington Bureau Chief – I’d sure be looking closely at print journalists. The problem is that it’s not just managing the news-gathering function; it’s also managing the news-packaging function, and I wonder how well most print journalists would handle that.

    Local TV stations have done a lot better job in moving online than local newspapers have. For that reason, I suspect that they’ll be looking for talent in local television news, rather than print journalists.

    liberal media types, including the departed Mr. Russert, ply lefties with softballs and pitch curve balls against conservatives

    It’s been so long since I’ve seen real conservatives in Washington, I wouldn’t know. For that matter, I haven’t seen real liberals in Washington, either. The GOP seems to be overly laden with theocrats and the Democrats seem to have the philosophy “whatever they’re for, we’re against.”

    If you can’t remember conservatives, perhaps this will remind you: they prefer small government, balanced budgets, peace through strength, and copious amounts of personal freedoms. They consider the bill of rights, especially the 2nd, to be important. They consider honesty and personal integrity to be essential. A conservative politician, once bought, stays bought.

    Liberals prefer government that protects us from unfair trade practices, exploitative working conditions, unsafe products, dangerous foreign governments, and economic privation. They consider the bill of rights, except the 2nd amendment, to be important. They consider honesty and personal integrity to be essential. A liberal politician, once bought, stays bought.

    Neo-cons want to expand government in order to increase their power, want to loot the treasury for their private gain, want to fight wars with foreign countries that offend their sensibilities, and want to restrain personal freedoms if they offend their personal sensibilities. They are willing to jettison the bill of rights, and they consider honesty and personal integrity to be useful fictions to maintain. A neo-con politician can’t be bought – but he can be leased.

    Neo-liberals believe that one should expand government programs because spreading largess helps maintain popularity with the electorate. They want to loot the treasury for their private gain, they want to fight wars with foreign countries that offend their sensibilities, and want to restrain personal freedoms if will get the support of labor unions. They are willing to jettison the bill of rights, and they consider honesty and personal integrity to be the attributes of fools. A neo-liberal politician can’t be bought; he’ll accept payment and double-cross you before you’ve walked ten feet away.

    Barry “Mr. Conservative” Goldwater was an outspoken critic of the neo-cons before he died, and Bob “Mr. Republican” Taft would have been, had he lived long enough to see it. They would also have been highly critical of the neo-liberals. Both of them liked and respected capable liberal politicians, however, and even though they had policy differences, they were quite capable of working with liberals to achieve desirable goals.

    Patriotism has always been an American strength. Since we are offering opinions, I do not believe that liberals understand the concept.

    Those who use the word “liberal” as if it were a swear word don’t seem to understand it, either.

    Wearing a flag pin isn’t patriotic; in fact, forty years ago, wearing the flag was a criminal violation of federal law. Patriotism isn’t taking orders blindly, either, or carrying on atrocities such as Wounded Knee, My Lai or Abu Ghraib. Patriotism is loving and being willing to sacrifice for one’s country. Following orders of the Commander In Chief doesn’t necessarily qualify.

    The residence at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue will be occupied, over the years by a variety of administrations, some good, some bad, some downright ugly. That’s why the oath of office for most federal positions demands loyalty to the US Constitution, rather than to the President.


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