The incredible shrinking Sunday audience

davidgregory_chucktoddOh boy, after months of rumor, NBC drops handsome, gray-haired David Gregory as host of ‘Meet the Press’. Average-looking Chuck Todd will take over.

As everyone knows, this has nothing to do with the show’s supposedly noble public purpose. It’s just a matter of declining viewership and thus revenue. That’s of course what draws attention at corporate headquarters.

Will this reverse the slide? Nope. This 67-yr-old show (and, yes, it is a “show”) is for and about Washington spin. Replacing one multi-million-dollar “host” with a different multi-million-dollar host who will — count on it — continue the same dismal questioning isn’t going to make it interesting. The whole hour deserves to be ignored by anyone who isn’t hospitalized and without a remote control.

And it’s equally true of the other Sunday morning shows.

Commenter ‘marylou’ at Politico explains:

These Sunday shows are geared toward Washington insiders rather than the audience that wants accountability, ideas and solutions. You can always tell when spin is about to occur. Gregory asks a question and the guest (usually McCain, Cheney, Kristol or Graham) will immediately belt out talking points they’ve been fed ahead of time, and often their answer has little to nothing to do with the question. And Gregory doesn’t stop them, doesn’t say you didn’t answer my question, doesn’t give facts that dispute the answer, and doesn’t do anything but let them off the hook when he should just keep repeating the question until the guest either answers or is rebuked and then not asked back…

 

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