Jeebus, Mrs. Alan Greenspan is stuck in the 1990s and cannot get out. Does anyone care about this? Does anyone remember it, even?
Gee, Roger Ailes is the master of misdirection as he has two of his Ally McBeal wannabes (in full McBeal regalia) relitigate a recent skeevy court ruling about upskirting pictures, while Fox News’ Peter Johnson leers on.
This is probably the most inane interview of the week, and then it takes a surprise twist: Chuck Todd blows a… horn.
Oh that Connie Chung, always with the hard hitting questions. Take note CNBC and Fox Business. This is how you interview a mogul.
…for live coverage of La Tomatina in Spain. Well, actually the obscure sporting event that NBC is using this week to bury the dead is The Ryder Cup, so good for them.
As many of us long-suspected, MTP only seems to win inside the DC Beltway and loses everywhere else in the ratings. And what Variety reports is that after an initial bump in the ratings with Chuck Todd interviewed The Kenyan Usurper Barack HUSSEIN Obama, the rating returned to a solid last place.
For last week nationally, “Meet the Press” had its second straight third-place showing following the show’s ratings triumph on Sept. 7 in Todd’s first week in the moderator seat, according to Nielsen. ABC’s “This Week” led in both adults 25-54 (1.014 million) and total viewers (3.010 million), and was followed by “Face the Nation” (736,000 in the demo, 2.919 million overall), “Meet the Press” (657,000/2.416 million) and “Fox News Sunday” (374,000/1.252 million).
We could go on at length about regurgitating Republican talking points, but I think Chuck Todd summed up his show’s problem long before he took over from disinterested Dancin’ Dave:
“What I always love is people say, ‘Well, it’s you folks’ fault in the media.’ No, it’s the President of the United States’ fault for not selling [the ACA].”
He doesn’t see getting to the truth as important. Just like his counterpart, Chris Matthews, Todd is not interested in the truth, he is interested in the effectiveness of the spin.
UPDATE: Good Lord, Man! What were you thinking: Chuck Todd is interviewed at Ghost Breitbart’s place. If he’s going to let us uncouth and vituperous bloggers access him, I can hardly wait for Driftglass’ turn.
Sweet Baby Jeebus, Bloomberg is giving smarmy word person Mark Halperin his own show.
The best line in the promo is Halperin saying that he would watch a non-partisan show. Halperin was suspended from Morning Joe for calling President Obama a dick:
The HuffPo wins the morning: Politico’s Executive Editor Rick Berke has resigned over newsroom strategy differences.
Previously, Berke was 27 years at the NYTimes, so we assume that there was some sort of massive head injury that took him to Tiger Beat on the Potomac (thanks Charlie!)?
From the email thingy that Tiger Beat on the Potomac (Thanks Charlie!) sends every goddam morning:
EXCLUSIVE: Benny Johnson, the BuzzFeed “viral politics editor” who was fired for plagiarism in July, will start Monday as National Review’s social media director, a new position. Rich Lowry, editor of National Review, tells us: “Benny made a terrible mistake. But he has owned up to it and learned from it. He’s a talented journalist, with obviously a lot to contribute. He knows he’s joining a storied institution at NR, and we look forward to his helping us carry on our mission across all platforms.”
Even a few years ago, “BuzzFeed Benny” might have been locked out of the journalistic academy forever. But two factors combined to give @BennyJohnson a surprisingly quick shot at redemption, using a pillar of conservative media as his onramp: 1) a youthful digital fluency — “I love you internet :),” he tweeted during the online firestorm over his clumsy copying; and 2) the Iowa native’s red-state instincts, which had contributed to longtime mockery of him online.
His new charge: giving NR maximum reach across social media and digital. Benny will remain in D.C., and will start by giving advice and running NR’s Twitter and Facebook accounts. Over time, he’ll do more creative work of his own. Benny is quite savvy about the digital ecosystem, and has a real shot at notably moving the needle for NR.
Sparklepants is an inspiration, keeping standards high and whatnot.
It seems Meet the Press left behind a suicide note:
NBC is bringing in Luke Russert, son of the late beloved “Meet the Press” host Tim Russert, as a regular panelist on the Sunday morning show in a bid to turn around its catastrophic ratings slide, Page Six has exclusively learned.
Also joining new moderator Chuck Todd’s team will be former Republican congressman and “Morning Joe” host Joe Scarborough, who sources say “is taking on a larger role within NBC News as a senior political analyst and would be one of the regular Sunday panelists.”
We’re told the move is part of a plan to bring a right-leaning voice to the program to appeal to viewers turned off by the show’s famously left-leaning former hosts including the ousted David Gregory.
Death of the Media
Jeff Bezos has replaced publisher Katharine Weymouth with Frederick J. Ryan, the founding CEO of Politico and a former St. Ronnie administration official.