NBC: The Spice Must Flow


This will not end well:

Her new vision for “Meet the Press” includes adding a regular panel of journalists who will question guests, something of a return to the venerable show’s original format. “The show needs more edge,” she said. “It needs to be consequential. I think the show had become a talking shop that raked over the cold embers of what had gone on the previous week. The one-on-one conversation belongs to a decade ago. We need more of a coffeehouse conversation.”

So in addition to forcing Chuck Todd onto an unsuspecting nation, MTP will have a set panel of journalists like David Gergen, Peggy Noonan, David Brooks, and all of the other chirping cocktail circuit cicadas?

Everything Old Is New Again

Sweet Baby Jeebus on a Pogo Stick, the crack research team at Tiger Beat on the Potomac (thanks Charlie!) has spent literally minutes, and has done it again: Secrets of the Clinton Library.

And so what are those secrets? Beats me, and it seems to have beaten Josh Gerstein who manages to write only about the speculation and not the content. We’ll just take the first secret listed: Gays in the Military:

1) Gays in the military
For gay rights advocates, the Clinton years were complicated. Far and away, up to that time, he was the president who was friendliest to the gay and lesbian community. But he also put in place policies that took nearly two decades to reverse, such as the Defense of Marriage Act and “don’t ask, don’t tell.”

Set for release soon from the Clinton archives are detailed notes of a key meeting where DADT was born. National Archives records obtained by POLITICO show plans to release: “Thirty-four pages of handwritten notes taken at a Jan. 25, 1993, meeting to discuss the issue of gays in the military between President Clinton, Vice President Gore and the Joint Chiefs of Staff.”

Clinton, Al Gore and their top advisers are said to have discussed “their personal viewpoints of homosexuality” (choice vs. genetics).

The politics of gay rights have changed so abruptly in recent years that some of the views expressed privately on the subject could sound outdated or even offensive to many Americans. The papers could support or undercut Clinton’s claims that he was assured the new policy the military was considering would result in gay soldiers not being investigated unless they explicitly disclosed their sexuality.

Well, that sure revealed… nothing. And the article goes on for two pages full of clickbait and no revelations. HuffPo could have done this better and added side-boob.

Shaken, Not Stirred

Death of the Media

As Eleanor Roosevelt said, “Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people,” to which I will add tiny minds in the media talk about wine:

Everyone seems to be focusing on lost wine, and not on injuries and damage caused by the 6.0+ earthquake in California’s Napa Valley. CNN host Ana Cabrera seems to be grieving over spilled wine. And Silver Oak winery CEO David Duncan strangely starts in on his marketing speech. Just another stellar moment for CNN.

The Death of the Media


Report: Chuck Todd To Be Named New Host Of ‘Meet The Press’ Today

Well, the Sunday Talkies are about to become even more inane. Like Tweety, Chuck Todd is only interested in tactics, “was it effective.” He’s already said that it is not his job to find the truth.

Terrible Human is Terrible

Mo-Do Made Me Do It


Her piece today made me fish this out of the archive. Here’s the take-away:

As our interview ended, I was telling him about my friend Michael Kelly’s idea for a 1-900 number, not one to call Asian beauties or Swedish babes, but where you’d have an amorous chat with a repressed Irish woman. Williams delightedly riffed on the caricature, playing the role of an older Irish woman answering the sex line in a brusque brogue, ordering a horny caller to go to the devil with his impure thoughts and disgusting desire.

I couldn’t wait to play the tape for Kelly, who doubled over in laughter.

So when I think of Williams, I think of Kelly. And when I think of Kelly, I think of Hillary, because Michael was the first American reporter to die in the Iraq invasion, and Hillary Clinton was one of the 29 Democratic senators who voted to authorize that baloney war.

That is hackery at it’s finest, the absolute zenith.

Ted Baxter Takes a Vacation

Meet David Gregory's hair

Meet David Gregory’s hair

That bastion of He-Said, She-Said Journalism, Tiger Beat on the Potomac tells us:

David Gregory wasn’t supposed to host “Meet the Press” on Sunday. He was on a planned vacation in Nantucket, where, the night before, he had hosted a special presentation of the Boston Pops, sponsored by Coastal Living and Real Simple.

Midway through the week, however, Gregory changed his mind. His fate at “Meet the Press” had been the subject of numerous press reports. Page Six and others had declared him dead in the water come November. Several NBC personalities were already vying to replace him. Gregory was chartered back to Washington for Sunday’s program, having concluded, one NBC source said, that being off was “a dumb move” — that would have only further fueled speculation that the host was on his way out.

(There really is a Mary Tyler Moore episode where Ted pretends to take a vacation and doesn’t go anywhere because he is worried about being replaced.)

The Death of the Media, Cont.

The email thingie from Tiger Beat on the Potomac (Thanks Charlie!) starts off our morning with something that is as close to the Media committing ritual seppuku as anything I can think of:

SIREN: Chuck Todd, a political obsessive and rabid sports fan, is the likely successor to David Gregory as moderator of “Meet the Press,” with the change expected to be announced in coming weeks, according to top political sources. The move is an effort by NBC News President Deborah Turness to restore passion and insider cred to a network treasure that has been adrift since the death in 2008 of the irreplaceable Tim Russert. Although Todd is not a classic television performer guaranteed to wow focus groups, his NBC bosses have been impressed by his love of the game, which brings with it authenticity, sources, and a loyal following among newsmakers and political junkies.

Gregory’s next move is unknown, but he’s unlikely to remain at the network – a stunning turn for a quick-rising star with a broadcasting polish and on-air versatility that once made him a natural candidate to be a future “Today” show host. It’s unclear whether Gregory or Todd knows about the big move, likely to be in place before year’s end.

The sources caution that nothing is definite or decided. “Meet” once dominated Sunday mornings, but ABC’s “This Week” – with 31-year-old Jonathan Greenberger as executive producer — has scored ratings wins with an increasingly eclectic lineup that emphasizes zippy packages over long interviews. CBS’s “Face the Nation,” with down-homey Bob Schieffer anchoring, has also scored ratings wins as “Meet” struggled.

Chuck, 42, now wears three hats for NBC: chief White House correspondent; host of “The Daily Rundown,” at 9 a.m. weekdays on MSNBC; and political director. The Miami native, an alumnus of George Washington University, was editor in chief of The Hotline when it was the mustest read for political insiders, and is as passionate about Miami Hurricanes college football as he is about campaign dynamics.

Chuck “It’s Not My Job” Todd is not a journalist; he’s a bloviator.

Update: Karoli at Crooks and Liars has something to say about Todd; this should also be a warning sign to us all.

Both Sides – An Update (Updated)

The Death of the Media



“This is the most cynical — Boehner’s up there with this ridiculous lawsuit, Josh Earnest sitting at the podium trying to tick off names of, ‘Look at Republicans who want impeachment’ — it’s not serious,” Todd said. “The lawsuit’s not serious. The impeachment talk’s not serious. This is playground stuff. This is embarrassing.”

Actually, Chuck, what is embarrassing is that you are trying to find a way to say both sides are at fault. The GOPers are ranting about impeachment and the Dims (pointing out that the Republicans are ranting about impeachment) are not the same thing.

Also, too: Shorter Joe Klein: It’s the Dim’s fault that the Republicans have lost their minds.

UPDATE: Belated Hat tip: Illustration by Scissorhead Wagonjak