Robert Stein 1924-2014

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Sunday, June 22, 2008

Going for Brokaw

NBC's decision to replace Tim Russert with their anchor emeritus through the November elections seems wise after today's weak effort by Brian Williams to deal with the verbal calisthenics of the presidential hopefuls' surrogates.

Sens. Joe Biden and Lindsey Graham traded standard campaign patter over their candidates' flip-flopping (Obama on public financing, McCain on almost everything since 2000) without be brought into some larger context by Williams' moderating.

What Tom Brokaw will give "Meet the Press," perhaps even more than Russert did, is a perspective beyond the tactical jousting and prompt interviewees toward the larger issues of 2008, which go far beyond offshore drilling for oil which, along with Obama's public financing pledge, occupied most of today's time.

"Meet the Press," like its Sunday morning counterparts, offers voters a chance to go past the sound bites that make up most of the week's news by pinning down politicians on the issues behind them.

It's nice to know that Biden isn't "interested" in being VP but would do it if Obama asked, but that doesn't help us understand anything important about the economy or ending the war in Iraq.


GiromiDe said...

This Week doesn't try to reach beyond sound bites. A couple of weeks back, Senator Graham, Senator Kerry, and George Stephanopolous might as well have had teleprompters in their faces.

Stimpson said...

Excellent - and I mean freakin' excellent - "keepin' it real" commentary on the late Tim Russert at The Nation: