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ABC: Reshape 'GMA' for Stephanopoulos
Washington Post via I Want Media ^ | 11/16/09 | Howard Kurtz

Posted on 11/17/2009 5:30:20 AM PST by AT7Saluki

George Stephanopoulos, the leading candidate for co-host of "Good Morning America," has let it be known that he is not willing to join the program unless it is significantly changed to suit him.

Recognizing that his strengths are in politics and hard news, Stephanopoulos has communicated to ABC that he would not want to spend considerable time doing fluffy features, network sources say. If the show cannot be reshaped to suit his interviewing talents, Stephanopoulos has argued, the move would be risky and he would prefer to remain as host of "This Week."

(Excerpt) Read more at iwantmedia.com ...


TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: abc; georgestephanopoulos; gma; stephanopoulos
Taking a page from der Leader - "It's not about ME! It's not about mee-hee-hee-hee!"
1 posted on 11/17/2009 5:30:21 AM PST by AT7Saluki
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To: AT7Saluki

Construction crews are busy lowering all the desks and raising his chair so he will appear equal to Robin Williams in height. George will still be allowed to wear his pink tutu on the set however.


2 posted on 11/17/2009 5:33:08 AM PST by shadeaud ("If you can't beat them, arrange to have them beaten." -- George Carlin)
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To: AT7Saluki

I am not a fan of his, however what he wants makes sense. He is basically letting his bosses know he is willing within logical parameters that make sense for him and the show. I don’t think it is an ego thing so much as good thinking...

Uh oh, I am going to get blasted for this one... :)


3 posted on 11/17/2009 5:37:32 AM PST by Wpin (I do not regret my admiration for W)
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To: shadeaud
George will still be allowed to wear his pink tutu on the set however.

Heh

4 posted on 11/17/2009 5:39:11 AM PST by submarinerswife ("If I win I can't 't be stopped! If I lose I shall be dead." - George S. Patton)
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To: AT7Saluki
he would not want to spend considerable time doing fluffy features

That kind of pablum most of the morning shows are made of, even at the local level.
5 posted on 11/17/2009 5:40:31 AM PST by TomGuy
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To: Wpin

I get what you are saying. He’s not willing to let monkeys poop on his shoulder, do interviews about the Spring fashion line, taste test another disgusting dish in a cooking segment....

Then he needs to stay the hell off morning TV. Because after the first 20 minutes of headlines, you get the usual dose of why your worthless Husband won’t do the dishes.


6 posted on 11/17/2009 5:43:21 AM PST by submarinerswife ("If I win I can't 't be stopped! If I lose I shall be dead." - George S. Patton)
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To: Wpin

You’re right though. No matter who it is.


7 posted on 11/17/2009 5:43:54 AM PST by merry10
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To: shadeaud

You beat me to it—I thought ‘lil Georgie Huffandpuffalous was going to get a phone book or two to sit on......


8 posted on 11/17/2009 5:45:19 AM PST by Mac from Cleveland (Dreams from My Father--food, shelter, and education from some typical white folks)
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To: TomGuy
That kind of pablum most of the morning shows are made of, even at the local level.

People who watch GMA don't want hard news and political analysis. If they did, they would watch one of the cable news channels. If they design the show around what GS wants, they'll lose their present audience to other morning fluff shows on the gamble they may pick up a smattering of people who normally watch cable news. I'm amazed GS is even considering it.

9 posted on 11/17/2009 5:48:40 AM PST by randita (Chains you can bereave in.)
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To: abb

Pinging ABB! Does this qualify for a “Dinosaur Media DeathWatch™”?

Because I think this will pretty much kill off the morning ratings for GMA, which tends to draw people more interested in fluff than news.


10 posted on 11/17/2009 5:49:08 AM PST by MizSterious (Do you not think an angel rides in the whirlwind and directs this storm? John Page, 1744-1808)
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To: AT7Saluki

Girlie man for Girlie show.


11 posted on 11/17/2009 5:50:20 AM PST by Ann Archy (Abortion,,,,,,the Human Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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To: MizSterious

Very interesting. I can’t recall the last time I watched any of the “big three” morning shows.


12 posted on 11/17/2009 5:52:27 AM PST by abb ("What ISN'T in the news is often more important than what IS." Ed Biersmith, 1942 -)
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To: submarinerswife; Wpin

I agree with the original statement of clarifying one’s position.

But this observation is dead on; if he wants to be a “hard news” guy, he can’t expect to sign on to a show that is probably fluff and for a fluffy market.


13 posted on 11/17/2009 5:53:42 AM PST by incredulous joe ("Live Free or Fight")
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To: AT7Saluki

What talent?

It figures. His talent(LOL)lies within the fantasy world of politics; not the real world of the rest of us.


14 posted on 11/17/2009 5:59:12 AM PST by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: submarinerswife

“I get what you are saying. He’s not willing to let monkeys poop on his shoulder, do interviews about the Spring fashion line, taste test another disgusting dish in a cooking segment....

Then he needs to stay the hell off morning TV. Because after the first 20 minutes of headlines, you get the usual dose of why your worthless Husband won’t do the dishes.”

Yes maam... :)


15 posted on 11/17/2009 6:07:16 AM PST by Wpin (I do not regret my admiration for W)
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To: AT7Saluki

Stephanopoulos knows a lot about shaping programs and news.


16 posted on 11/17/2009 6:07:58 AM PST by Obadiah (Obama: Chains you can believe in!)
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To: AT7Saluki

The new condition is that he wants Obama on every week for serious, I mean SERIOUS!, political interviews. Questions will include who’s doing the dishes in the Obama household, flower arrangement and travel suggestions.


17 posted on 11/17/2009 6:13:45 AM PST by Blind Eye Jones
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To: AT7Saluki

“...his interviewing talents...”

And those are?


18 posted on 11/17/2009 6:22:24 AM PST by John W (There Is No Normal Anymore)
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To: AT7Saluki

I think George is serious about this and I’m sure they can work something out. George will have to be separated from the co-hosts who provide the fluff. Whether he’s in another city or back in the “newsroom,” he can report the serious news and interview serious guests. The other hosts can always solicit his sage advice on any serious topic to remind America just how lucky we are to share George’s wisdom.


19 posted on 11/17/2009 6:29:01 AM PST by Fetid Facts (Under Democrats, "The law is a ass--a idiot.")
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To: AT7Saluki

Am I really the only one who remembers that Stephanopolous had to step down from his post as Clinton’s spokesmouth, move over to *special assistant to the president* because he lost credibility with the White House Press Corps, they were tired of his daily baloney? I mean, of all people to dismiss your honesty, sheesh! But how this guy was able to not only be put on as a regular talking-head on Brinkley’s show, but given control of it after one of the last decent journos passed away, it still astounds me.


20 posted on 11/17/2009 6:30:19 AM PST by MozarkDawg
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To: AT7Saluki

Last Sunday’s “This week”:

That was the biggest whining, session I’ve ever, ever heard from a panel of “news analysts”. Subject happened to be Palin.


21 posted on 11/17/2009 7:21:44 AM PST by frposty (I'm a simpleton)
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