The problem with [David Gregory] and all the political shows on Sunday is they can’t press their guests. If they are hard on their guests they get frozen out. So they end up just being free air time for unchallenged nonsense. There is so much competition to get “the big gets” and the big names, the “journalism” turns into hosting tepid teas for the tyrants of their own logic.
A comment about Sunday morning news programs in reaction to an original comment by a Facebook friend going fangirl about Nancy Pelosi on Meet The Press.
I have seen Bob Shieffer speak some truth to power on Face the Nation…just occasionally.
Can you imagine for a moment that you woke up one morning to hear the news of one of our nation’s largest international airports essentially being held hostage by some brown gun-wielding anti-government madman with a name like Muhammad Ali (or Aziz Ansari) walking around with a high-powered rifle shooting and killing innocent people as they simply waited to board their flights inside the airport terminal?
If that hypothetical scenario did ever occur, do you think that the vast majority of Americans would have any problem at all labeling the aforementioned situation an act of “terrorism”?
Of course not.
But in reality, it was a 23-year-old white man named Paul Anthony Ciancia who took his anti-government political ideology clearly into the realm of ‘terrorism’ when he inflicted mass violence aimed at instilling terror within the general public as thousands of innocent airline travelers at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) feared for their lives one sunny Friday morning.
But now NBC News plans to take its relationship with the Andersons a step further — into potentially questionable ethical territory.
The network confirmed Tuesday that it is in negotiations with the Andersons to produce “long-form” programming about Hannah Anderson’s abduction in August by a family friend, James Lee DiMaggio Jr. Sources at the network say the Andersons could receive more than $100,000 for their cooperation in the making of a documentary or some other nonfiction program. NBC won’t confirm the figure.
My 2¢: if it ends up on Dateline, where no content of much significance is broadcasted, then it will be money well spent on content.
I assume they are worried about losing access to their sources, particularly on the GOP side since in my opinion they do far more dissembling along with cynical manipulation of language as their core modus operandi. Just another form of extortion the GOP practices. If one examines the Republican Party, almost every of activity they are involved in is an extortion racket. They, or those wielding power on their behalf are currently extorting the American people and the President with the debt ceiling threat, and they are extorting their own members into voting for damaging the country or otherwise be eviscerated in primaries with the weapon of money wielded from their enforcers. Their party has become a criminal enterprise. Politics should not be be cover for what are otherwise criminal acts in our society.