Skip to comments.The Problems With Meet The Press Are Not Unique To Meet The Press
Posted on 09/07/2014 6:40:08 AM PDT by Kaslin
News broke this week that Luke Russert, son of the late Tim Russert, will be a regular part of the revamped Meet The Press starting today. Hes 29, has worked for NBC News since graduating college, and…thats about it. His last name is the only qualification he possesses for joining the team of the longest running show on television. If this, and the other personnel decisions that have been announced, is NBCs plan to save the once-great show, Meet The Press is screwed.
The new host, Chuck Todd, is a fine choice. But thats just one piece of the puzzle. The host he replaces, David Gregory, was part of the problem, not the whole problem.
The problems with Meet The Press are not unique to Meet The Press; theyre across the board for all cable networks and news programs.
The biggest problem is they dont do news anymore; they do entertainment masquerading as news.
Cable news has some of the best journalists in the business. But how often do you see them during the day? Theyre on the beat gathering actual news. Theyre just barely used.
You may get a quick update at the start of a segment maybe but that immediately pivots with a Lets turn to X for reaction… X has no firsthand knowledge of the subject at hand because X usually is a blogger or a radio host whos never worked a second in government or on the issue about to be discussed.
Essentially, a bunch of disconnected people are being granted the credibility (whats left of it, anyway) afforded people on TV by being on TV. But they have none; theyve simply read the latest newswire story on the topic and can deliver a few quips on the subject at hand.
Im not saying theres no place for commentary in the media I do it for a living. Nor am I saying veteran commentators life George Will and Charles Krauthammer should go away theyve done the legwork and have contacts to obtain information and the historical knowledge to give important context to the days news. But, especially during the day, long before their opinion show start, shouldnt news organizations spend more time conveying news from people they pay to gather it? Are audiences so detached from reality that they accept as news a conversation on the level of one you could overhear at a bar?
Ratings for all news outlets are down across the board; this may be part of the reason why. Its possible to watch an hour of cable news, day or night, and not learn anything beyond someones opinion. Its one thing if one of those people is an elected official and has a vote, or someone with expertise on a topic. Its another if its just some person giving thoughts on something that person knows little about.
Worse, day or night, you can set your clock by who the guest is. No bus or train schedule has ever been as reliable as the repetition of disconnected cable news guests from week to week.
This isnt just a cable news problem; the Sunday shows have been infected too.
Remember when the host or a panel of journalists would grill a politician or two for most of the show? Now they talk with politicians for maybe 10 minutes, then its right to a panel of non-politicians and ex-politicians to talk about what the politician just said, and other topics. Its schizophrenic, not informative.
Sunday shows and cable news dont attract an audience craving the latest Justin Bieber news or the opinions of people with no more information or insight than the average viewer already has. We want news. Were not getting it, so were leaving. Were going to the web.
You want to save Meet The Press (and I do)? Bring back the news. You want to save cable news (and I do, too)? Bring the news back there as well. Theres a place for bloggers, radio hosts and commentators to spout their opinions. But there shouldnt be so many on staff, and they shouldnt be weighing in so often on issues they know nothing about. Audiences can figure out for themselves what they think if theyre given the information.
That used to be the purpose of news. Now its cross-promotion, as weve seen on Meet The Press with every show stacked with MSNBC hosts and contributors no one wants to watch during the week. And its self-promotion, filled with disconnected talking heads whose only expertise is letting the world know they exist.
Theres a vacuum in the news world, and its on the air. Its time put the news back in the news business. I hope it starts with Meet The Press, though I doubt it will. But it would be nice if someone, somewhere brought it back, even as an experiment. I suspect an audience would follow. I know I would.
Will’s and Krauthammer’s lucrative jobs are to sit there and put an intellectual sheen on the libtard’s propaganda. Democrat spews lunacy, they take it seriously, then conservatives end up debating lunacy.
I guess Chelsea Clinton quit when she did not get the gig.
Meet The Press = Make Me Depressed!
Meet the Press’s issues are the same as the issues for most all of cable.
Cable is run by liberals.
Every single network, is run by liberals. Not just liberals, but activist, biased, “use every bit of political power in your job every single day” liberals.
Liberals who use politics in decisions of who they hire, who they promote, and in everything they do.
Fox News is about the only exception to the bias, though they have bias in the other direction (clearly they are in favor of the “classical” conservatism which is mainstream in America today, rather than a take back America for production, and success conservatism I believe we need).
Basically however, cable is completely overrun by liberals.
No, Luke Russert’s other qualification is that he’s a committed, boot-licking, socialist ideologue. That he is the spawn of Tim, gives him entre to the effete liberal Manhattan martini salons, and thus the qualification to be vastly overcompensated, despite his conspicuous lack of credentials.
“The new host, Chuck Todd, is a fine choice.”
The author has no idea of what he is talking about. Chuck Todd has not said one interesting or intelligent thing in his career. He only parrots the Democrat Party talking points. That is why he has his high paid job.
Then the author says these shows are entertainment masquerading as news. Nothing in these MSM talk shows is in any way entertaining. It is just the mind numbing repetition of the same talking points.
No one of any intelligence watches any of these shows. Despite continual promotion by the networks, the small group of viewers gets smaller every year.
My grandpa (God rest his soul) when watching Meet the Press would occasionally walk up to the TV, turn around, and let one rip, saying (in Sicilian) “I fart in your face”.
One thing I can’t stand are these hurried 5 minute interviews while the host cuts the guests off incessantly.
O’Really and Cavuto come to mind.
Actually, after she had the honor of interviewing the GEICO gecko, she was at the top of her profession and there was nowhere to go but down. So she quit.
Press the Meat
I stopped watching the Sunday morning shows almost 15 years ago. I stopped watching the cable news channels maybe a year and a half or so ago.
It’s really shocking, when these things aren’t part of your daily or weekly routine, to flip them on randomly and realize how banal and intellectually vacant they are. I watched maybe 10 minutes of O’Reilly back in February and about 20 minutes of Hannity in July and it’s just screamfest. No substance, no efforts at persuasion, no unique insights anywhere. It was like watching wrestling or something, only with people in expensive suits. It’s a little embarrassing that I watched that stuff regularly for so long.
> The new host, Chuck Todd, is a fine choice. But thats just one piece of the puzzle. The host he replaces, David Gregory, was part of the problem, not the whole problem. The problems with Meet The Press are not unique to Meet The Press; theyre across the board for all cable networks and news programs. The biggest problem is they dont do news anymore; they do entertainment masquerading as news. Cable news has some of the best journalists in the business...
Did it ever come to your mind that they only so much time for an interview and if they allow the other person to keep on talking they never get a word in?
The only Sunday Show I watch after I record it on my cable dvr is: Fox News Sunday and I fast forward when a liberal is up. I am just not interested what a liberal has to say
“after she had the honor of interviewing the GEICO gecko, she was at the top of her profession and there was nowhere to go but down.”
Can you imagine what would have been the result if this happened the other way around and the gecko interviewed her? Same result, the Geico would be on the way down too but for a different rationale: he would have been at the bottom of his achievement.
A 5 minute interview is ridiculous and I’m not talking about interviewing hacks.
At times truly interesting guests are on with subjects that can’t be covered in five minutes no matter how sound bite obsessed our society is. In fact, that is what our problem is and why the general population is so misinformed.
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