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Well, it's probably a point of pride by now. He CAN'T go back now. He CAN'T change his schtick.

That would be admitting that his critics on the left were correct. And DEAR GOD IN HEAVEN he CAN'T do that!!! He's saving face at this point, and trying desperately hard to justify his way of doing things. I'm sure, with the ratings evidently NOT improving now, on HIS watch, he's very painfully aware of what's ahead. He knows his neck is probably on the block. Unfortunately, with his attitude and his "journalistic" (I put that in quotes, and use that word advisedly when applied to a chuck todd type) world view, he does not have the tools OR the motivation to change anything. He is probably dug in. Probably reasons that it's THIS particular schtick of his that got him this far, so why change now? Besides, this dude strikes me as a glaring red-white-&-blue "blame the OTHER guy" type of guy. He CAN'T abandon that and save face. He can't bring himself to change his attitude, especially after betting the house on his own cockeyed theory of "journalism" that's filed under the heading of "it's not MY job!" Because to abandon THAT would be to tell the whole world including his critics (whom he desperately wants to prove are wrong) that HE HIMSELF was wrong. That HE got it wrong. That HE botched it. That HE is doing the job WRONG. That his whole mentality that he brings to his "work" is WRONG. He can't admit that.

We are surrounded by people who don't DARE admit they were wrong. They just don't DARE. They CAN'T. Can't afford to. What would their friends say? What would the neighbors think? What would the all-important Pox Noise contingent think? Their egos and everything they've sunk into their own CON worldview and their CON agenda won't let them. They CAN'T admit they were wrong. Because then they'd have to admit that their entire agenda and worldview is also wrong. They CAN'T go there. They can't face the truth. Just being around the science deniers and "no such thing as global warming" gang and "humans didn't do it" crowd oughta tell you that.

Welcome to DU, Ykcutnek!

Glad you're here! I may be slow with this - I'm still staggering around trying to regain my equilibrium after attempting to read through that transcript. Trying to make sense of that word stew of his just made my eyes cross! DAYUM - the guy can't speak extemporaneously to save his life! The disjointed half-sentences, the hesitations, the back-circling, SHEESH!!! I feel like I need to go out into the fresh air and shake it off for a moment before coming back inside to try to fight my way through the muck.

I just think they all oughta be glad calimary is NOT the new president of NBC News. He'd be my first firing. Followed by the whole booking staff on that show. HOUSECLEANING DESPERATELY NEEDED. Draining the swamp in that department is an essential. An emergency essential! If they don't do something to salvage the ratings, "Meet the Press" will soon no longer be considered worth saving. They're gonna have to do something semi-drastic to grab and scintillate public opinion. And rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic isn't the way. YET ANOTHER CON-leaning host. YET ANOTHER panel stocked to the ceiling with CONS and GOPs and RNCs and GOP-sympathizing columnists, pundits, and other assorted talking heads. Yeah? That old shit - AGAIN? Oh, you add in a couple of new names. I see! Never mind that they're more of the same. Bring in a big name - AHA! Hey, we could probably get ANYBODY who's genuinely intriguing and appealing - but we went with, guess what? ANOTHER CON!!! Cue joe scarborough. Oh WOW that'll give us a level playing field!!!

And that, when they couldn't lure Jon Stewart in, they didn't try something with someone else along those lines. Maybe get a Jon Stewart-like individual? Maybe try to woo Bill Maher? What about Stephanie Miller? REALLY shake things up - bring in a woman as well as somebody with a different kind of credibility - a straight-up satirist! I still like Rachel Maddow, too. I STILL think the way to go if you're ONLY going to promote to MTP from within - move Maddow in as host. Make her work-week a Sunday-through-Thursday week. Fridays off, the same as Lawrence O'Donnell has. But then take what would then become an open two-hour block of Maddow's and O'Donnell's - and turn the whole thing over to John Fugelsang and turn him loose. To create something completely new and different. Not just the same damn thing AGAIN with merely a superficial change of suit and facial hair. To get out AHEAD of it and show some leadership and some cutting-edge thinking for a change. Maybe if they want to get more young people tuning in, they have to start approaching this whole business completely differently. WHAT ON EARTH Is different from the pack - merely with a chuck todd in the host chair instead of a david gregory. STILL with the same basic programming strategy that will STILL appeal only to the same shrinking CON-leaning audience. HOW IS THAT NEW AND DIFFERENT AND CUTTING-EDGE? HOW IS THAT ANY DIFFERENT? Isn't that just more of the same? Isn't it just another example of manifesting insanity - doing the same thing again (and again) but expecting a different result?

SHEESH!!!!!!!!! When will NBC get it? The emperor STILL is out marching around in public, stark naked. Doesn't matter that they directed him to march in a new marching style, or redesigned his crown or his goatee, or had him lose some weight. He's still out there sashaying around in public, naked as a jaybird!

Oh dear God...

He hasn't paid anywhere NEAR the dues one needs to pay to land a slot like host of "Meet the Press." NOWHERE NEAR READY!!!!!!

Aw, damn. So sorry to hear this.

YES it's okay to let us know about guitar man's passing. One is always a DUer, somewhere down deep. Our hearts are with his family and his spirit.

Neither can I!!! Hmmm... Who'll be the smug one then, chuckie-boy?

If this trend isn't reversed BUT FAST, he's sunk. Because they can't follow one ratings disaster with a second ratings disaster and let it ride like that. In hopes that it'll somehow magically turn around. Yep, do much the same kind of thing, over and over again, but expect a different result.

I'm counting the days. And I will relish it when it comes - and it's probably inevitable. I don't see how this arrogant putz salvages such a mess. Plus, you don't often get a long, generous run over many months or years to try to turn things around as far as what may be an unstoppable downward trend. He's evidently bringing in worse ratings than david gregory's. That's NOT why they yanked david gregory and made the change - to get a result like THAT!!!

Nothing but a snide, smug putz.

Just another in a continuing series of wholly-owned subsidiaries.

What a disgrace! "Meet the Press" used to be the gold standard of Sunday news/panel shows. The GOLD Standard! Everything was measured against "Meet the Press," the most widely-recognized, respected, and distinguished of those programs. It's a mere shade of its former self. david gregory dealt it a serious blow. chuck todd may be its death knell.

CLEARLY the NBC brass doesn't know what to do about it. The whole thing should be scrapped and redone, or done completely differently. I think Maddow would be GREAT, plus, she'd be the first woman in such a position. I STILL think it would be utter perfection, and big ratings, to put her on Sunday through Thursday - Sunday hosting MTP, then Monday through Thursday with her own show as usual. Then, take her hour on Friday evening, plus the one Lawrence O'Donnell doesn't do on Friday evening, and turn it into a two-hour block of news, satire, and more, hosted by John Fugelsang. Call it "Friday Night Fugelsang"! He's got a funny name you can play with, he's cute, photogenic, and has lots of sex appeal, plus he's young and smart, and VERY quick-witted. And reliably liberal/progressive.

DAYUM I wish they'd do that! I think it'd get them the ratings they dream of, AND WE would be relieved of at least some of that damn cheap-ass "Lockup" crap. Cuz, don't forget, they'd rerun the damn thing as soon at it was over.

I'd LOVE to see that!

GREAT stuff once I figured out how to find my way to Twitter there.

If this downward trend in the ratings is allowed to continue, they're going to try to come up with some face-saving "adjustments." Maybe they'll Ann Curry chuck todd. Give him a highfalutin title, send him overseas to gad about wherever he can be a gadabout, and forget about him. (For all the face time she got after she was hosed off the Today show!)


LOVE this! Hate him but love this!

I used to have some respect for them. No more.

Buncha partisan shills.


Got this for him:

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