With the exit of NBC’s David Gregory from Meet the Press, there’s been a lot of talk and discussion on why his show was such a failure. No doubt Gregory blew it, big-time. Now we’ve got Chuck Todd heading over to take Gregory’s place. Will he, too, drive the next nail in the coffin of Meet the Press?
On the 17th of this month, CNN had guests Jay Rosen, a journalism professor at New York University, and Frank Seno, the director of the School of Media and Public Affairs at the George Washington University, to talk about the problems with Meet the Press (Video below). The following are some (paraphrased) points that were made.
- David Gregory forgot he was supposed to be on the public’s side. The host needs to be the surrogate for the audience.
- If you’re going to talk talking points call it “Greet or Meet the Talking Points”.
- Political guest come in to set the tone, therefore it was about what the guest wanted to talk about, not the host.
- Sunday shows seem to be about the “500 movers & shakers” in Washington, not the hard core audience for politics which exist around the country.
- Chuck Todd is too tied up in the “inside game” and should view the problems in Washington as DC journalist being part of the class who has screwed up politics.
Regardless of Gregory’s personal objectives in hosting Meet the Press, he almost always came across as favoring the conservative side of politics. In the Old Man’s opinion, that is the root cause of journalism today. So can we expect Todd to do a better job? I strongly doubt it. You may recall that he once said it was not his job to correct falsehoods. However, if you look back over some of his history, he seemed to have selectively used corrections, but always when those falsehoods came from the left.
Todd officially takes over Meet the Press next Sunday, but meantime Andrea Mitchell is filling in. Today she had Democrat Senator Dianne Feinstein as one of her guest (video below). It didn’t take long for Mitchell to confront her with a conservative talking point.
About President Obama’s recent comment about dealing with ISIS - “we don’t have a strategy yet” - Mitchell asked Feinstein if that didn’t project a weakness from the White House, to which Feinstein responded with “I know what you want me to say, but I’m not going to say it in that sense”. Mitchell reacted by tilting her head in an ‘oh, my! Whatever do you mean!?’ jester, twitching her eyebrows, and a look of despair.
The last guess of Mitchell’s show was none other than Chuck Todd (video below). To sum up the interview, he and Mitchell both are blaming the voters for the problems in Washington while accepting no responsibility at all. In fact, Todd said to the voters, “If you have a problem with Washington, look in the mirror.” I suggest he and his colleagues need that advice more than the voters.
(Crooks and Liars have some great advice for Todd and other journalist. Check out their eight great point.)