Jan 062018
 

  • MediaBuzz videos: brawl; trigger media;
  • Reliable Sources: Constitutional crisis; press access; mental illness.
  • Greer: Why Megyn refused to interview author Michael Wolff.
  • Dammit I’m a doctor, not a media critic.  Don’t quote me, but…
  • CNN preps series to focus on the ‘radical story’ of Patty Hearst.
  • Brown: Has CNN lost its way?  FNC tests Bennett roundtable show.
  • Recipe for success? Gretchen to drop swimsuits from Miss America?
  • CNN stays mum over co-opting accusations.  Sunday talkers: preview.

Updated 2:18 pm  Use our valuable bandwidth to post your cable news comments in this weekend’s open thread.

  • J.J.

    RE: Bill Bennett / The Wise Guys

    I will go out of my way to watch that show. 5 very smart and intellectually honest people take on the topics of the week — should be a good discussion

    • Grandpa D

      If those clips are any indication, this is ‘must see TV’. I’ll make it a point to see it. (My wife is in charge of the DVR; I’ll watch it live.)

    • Grandpa D

      OK, I watched it. Very good and thought provoking. If they continue this on a weekly or semi-weekly basis I would watch. Dershowitz and Feischer stood out, with Wynn and North close seconds. Bennett handled the discussion evenly. Nobody did any filibustering.

      • J.J.

        I watched also. Good conversation free of hyperbole and talking points. It was a little 30,000 ft / big issues rather than topical would be my only minor gripe.

        • Nixon – niihpikiiookani

          If every show is like this, it is must watch TV.

  • Cecelia
    • homemaker

      Lee Smith sure has been having some terrific articles lately. I learn something new every time I read him.

      • Cecelia

        He’s invaluable.

  • Cecelia

    In order to make beauty pageants less objectifying to women, they’d have to drop the element of appearance as criteria.

    I’m not advocating that, I think people have the right to celebrate things they applaud, and beauty will always be enjoyed.

    My point is that Carlson is going to have to be honest in that.

    • Grandpa D

      All contestants will wear burkas.

      • Cecelia

        Wow! You’re brilliant, Grandpa D!

        Liberals would appauld their arses off!

    • Mitch Alan

      ———-

      • Cecelia

        Evidently, you’re whispering.

        • Mitch Alan

          It’s a “dog whistle” message. People who are in the know understand exactly what it means.

          • Cecelia

            Well, your way of telling me that I’m not in the know is coy, but still loud and clear.

          • Mitch Alan

            I was just kidding.

          • Larry Kelly

            I understood every word.

          • Grandpa D

            It means “I want to delete this comment but Disqus won’t let me so I’ll edit it to a line of hyphens”.

          • Cecelia

            That’s plausible.

            My apologizes, Mitch.

  • Cecelia
  • Saintsfan720

    My first reaction to the article about the Bill Bennett show: Oh great; a show for the old, cranky, get off my lawn demographic. (at age 53, I am almost there). But, I watched the Steve Wynn clip and it was pretty good. Will probably check it out.

    • I watched the Alan Derschowitz clip. I’ll DVR it.

    • Cecelia

      I enjoyed the show.

      Even when I was young I enjoyed the company of folks of that age.

  • The Wise Guys reminds me of a local show on MSG Network called Four Courses with JB Smoove.

    • Tomaza Jarquin

      Bennett has done several debate series and all the people are old. So now we know the conclusions i’ll watch to see how they get there. Postindustrialism requires private schools, i.e. vouchers. SSI is racist because latinos and blacks die younger, ergo privitize. Social programs that work incentivize leaving them. i leave anything out? They need to add Art Laffer and do an ode to Mr. and Mrs Friedman.

  • Re: “Greer: Why Megyn refused to interview author Michael Wolff”: I imagine that if Wolff didn’t write that Newsweek piece, she’d have interviewed him.

    • Actually I wish she had interviewed him. He’s had nothing but softballs since he started his book tour. I think Megyn could’ve given him a bit of a tussle.

      • I don’t know. I think it would be another softball interview. After all, she had the Trump and O’Reilly accusers on her show.

        • You’re probably right. I remember cable Megyn more vividly and fondly than I think of network Megyn.

          • Cable Megyn–or, more accurately, Fox News Megyn–no longer exists. She’s NBC Megyn now, and might as well have the MS- prefix.

          • Larry Kelly

            Like Scarborough, a ratings chameleon when placed in a new environment. Such big egos, they aren’t about to get a little thing like integrity get in the way.

          • Presbyter

            Must say Wolff’s description of her was striking. Not often one sees the word “ avaricious “ used these days.

          • Cecelia

            Tthat sounds like what his type would call an ambitious woman with a 20 million paycheck.

    • Mitch Alan

      Wolff was interviewed on the main Today Show , with much higher ratings than Megyn’s show. I doubt if he could have done the two interviews on the same day or wanted to.

      • The late sports broadcaster Bob Wolff.

        • Mitch Alan

          Apparently he can’t spell either.

          • Larry Kelly

            the one that ate granny could

  • Larry Kelly

    Young Spud showed so much promise https://youtu.be/REWiyRKpqqg

    • Cecelia

      yeeck…

  • This weekend’s most popular links:
    5 CNN stays mum
    4 I’m a doctor
    3 lost its way
    2 refused to interview
    And the most popular link in this weekend’s links…
    1 FNC tests Bennett roundtable show.

  • Mitch Alan

    Let’s rename the Wise Guys to The Geriatric Hour, sponsored by Geritol and Dr. Scholl’s foot pads.

  • Larry Kelly

    Can’t believe Tapper’s performance today, cutting off Trump’s spokesman, not letting him talk after talking over him. Who the hell does Tapper think he is and that I tuned in to hear him?

    • Mitch Alan

      Jake Tapper showed his true face today. I am sure he will garner an extra $10,000 bonus from CNN this week.

  • carolr527

    All these glamorous women (and men) wearing black at the Golden Globes is nothing more than virtue signaling, IMO. They all knew about Weinstein, etc., and kept quiet because it was in their interests to keep quiet.

  • Grandpa D