06 Oct, 2012“Why Obama Now” is a succinct and easily understandably animated short about the big choice in 2012′s presidential election and why it’s more important than ever to support President Obama by Simpsons and Family Guy animator Lucas Gray. See it again at www.WhyObamaNow.org
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Why Sunday network talk has turned into such a dog and pony show.... like Jerry Springer for political hacks.
- Radioman KansaSitty As a fan of television talk, I have a different view. Did you see the end of THIS WEEK, Stephanopoulis was grinning ear to ear...declared it a good discussion? When in fact he chose not to separate the children who engaged in a made-for-TV food fight?
I think the NETWORK wanted the mud-wrestling, kinda like a Jerry Springer show. Thats why they brought all these partisan pit bulls and put them around a table to fight it out. That's entertainment!
It's not in America's best interest. Did you notice when they started talking substance, the ABC host would try to lead them to the horse-race aspects of this election? It's TV drama even if unimportant to the rest of us who have a serious decision to make in the voting booth!!!
Like people arguing, interrupting, competing unsuccessfully to make their points. Guests can't jump hosts, because they'd never be invited back....so they dutifully play verbal combat, hoping they CAN manage a few sentences of logic to advance their candidates.
Network TV, like cable TV discussion is becoming increasingly irrelevant because anchors are weak, won't take control for fear of pissing off their guests as well. And not wanting to alienating any viewers who've already made up their minds.
Many anchors know broadcasting principles but aren't well-schooled in current events, political history or even recent candidate statements. They miss MANY opportunities to hold their guests' feet to the fire because they're anchors, not journalists. It's a minuet they dance on network TV talk to fill time between commercials, and keep their anchor chairs before they get replaced by fickle managers watching the ratings!
Candy Crowley's a perfect example of an anchor who wants to be argumentative because CNN wants her to be more pithy... but she doesn't really know the political territory, like, say MSNBC's Chris Matthews whose been around this stuff for decades and is much more assertive with his guests to the point of rudeness. Sorry Candy. You let too many of your guests just do talking points, rather than answer your well intended questions. JUMP THEM! Louder, even if your asleep union audio guy isn't helping! Nail 'em!
As to the Sunday shows....
But it's become less newsy like Nightline under Koppel, and more just filler time to feed the beast with newsy entertainment.
Meet the Press is similar but THEY like to drag out old quotes and play "Gotcha" with guests, so viewers can enjoy them squirming. That's Entertainment! too.
The circus that the networks have decided they want to put on for our entertainment. Including the debates for the last fifty years.Today's ABC guest, Nobel Prizewinning economist Paul Krugman had it right in calling them on these shenanigans, saying the media isn't so good at TRUTH-CHECKING.... they just let people make their statements, whether truthful or not. He's an economist and really has no dog in this hunt.
The other partisan talking-point guests eager for face-time either ignored him, or turned on him. They have their turf to protect as often-invited talk show guests. It's how they make their livings.
The Presidential debates, for the last 50 years are no different. It's their time as gladiators in the arena!
An American tradition that upsets all the careful planning party strategists have done...for it introduces the candidate who stands naked on his own, without his handlers and speechwriters.