A Disturbance in the Force: Liberal Voices In The Media?

Me, listening to The Professional Left Podcast with Driftglass and Bluegal

This caught my eye in the Tiger Beat on the Potomac (thanks Charlie!) morning email thingie:

— BIG TIME — “‘Pod Save America’ Is Coming to HBO,” by NYT’s John Koblin: “The premium cable network has signed a deal with the hosts of the popular ‘Pod Save America’ podcast to broadcast a series of hourlong TV specials later this year. … ‘Pod Save America’ averages around 1.5 million listeners a show. HBO made the deal with Crooked Media … HBO plans to have the hosts do their specials on the campaign trail in the run up to the 2018 midterm elections.” http://nyti.ms/2nVCSF0

Not to be outdone, Axio tells us in their morning email thingie…


And a milestone for one of the past year’s great media success stories:

“HBO has entered into a deal with Crooked Media, the media company founded by Jon Favreau, Jon Lovett and Tommy Vietor, to bring the hit political podcast ‘Pod Save America’ to the network this fall for a series of hour-long specials on the campaign trail.”

I’m both overjoyed and dismayed, which seems odd. I’m overjoyed because there really are not many liberal voices in the mainstream media, and this is objectively an improvement. Also, too: I really enjoy PSA, it’s very funny; Jon Lovett really cracks me up on Lovett or Leaveit.

The dismayed part is sort of a cautionary tale: I worry about the Halper-ization (is too a word!) of the liberal voices. Whom the gods would destroy, they first make mad. I think not just of the Pantheon of Dunces, but also Van Jones who has gone from a solid left to the squishy left, to the center, and ended up as a Both Sides enthusiast, and worry that the Pod Save America team would be co-opted, too, also.

I’m also a bit peeved that once again, connections win, and connections don’t get much more connected-y than having been in the Obama White House.

I know, I know, The Professional Left Podcast has a loyal and small following (comparatively), but they’ve been at it for years and years, and no one in the Media champions them, there’s no offering of a special or any seat at the table. It seems sort of unfair that the PSA podcast, with barely a year under their belt should get such an opportunity.

Anyway, all that said, tonight I will be listing to the Professional Left Podcast with Driftglass and Bluegal, and I hope you do too.

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3 Responses to A Disturbance in the Force: Liberal Voices In The Media?

  1. Ten Bears says:

    Having been of pirate community radio, I too am a bit dismayed.


  2. HBO is John Oliver’s home too, and he’s stayed sharp as ever, so hopefully they won’t go all squishy bothsides. John has stayed focused on some really important issues (of course he and his people are having to take longer and longer breaks to recover from the rigors of combat with stupidity….)

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    • tengrain says:

      That’s true, BDR, and Halperin et al were on Showtime. I still think my cause for worry exists, but HBO is not a news organization per se, so the dynamics might be different.




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