The big news around the Beltway on Monday is that NBC is pulling the plug on David Gregory as host of Meet the Press, and will likely replace him with the equally hacktacular Chuck Todd, who hosts The Daily Rundown on MSNBC. That’s according to Mike Allen’s Playbook, so if anyone is up-to-date on all the latest news in the world of hackery, it’s Mike Allen. And while this news is making waves among media types, there’s one simple thing to keep in mind: It won’t make any difference at all.
It’s true that Gregory’s always been something of a boot-licker, as this unbelievable clip demonstrates:
But as much I’d like to verbally suplex David Gregory for being an awful host who’s subservient to the very power structure he’s supposed to be holding accountable (because he is), the fact is that the format of Meet the Press — as well as CBS’ Face the Nation and ABC’s This Week — makes it completely unwatchable. These shows are hopelessly predictable and feature the same guests saying the same shit about the same stuff over and over and over again.
Here’s the quintessential Sunday talk show episode in a nutshell: It has Dick Durbin and Lindsey Graham exchanging rote talking points for 20 minutes about why President Obama is/isn’t doing a good job of handling [insert problem here], followed by a roundtable discussion featuring a syndicated columnist, a political strategist, an ex-congressman, and some asshole out with a new book. These “experts” then debate the merits of all the bullshit spewed in the first part of the show in an effort to ascertain whether Democrats or Republicans are currently winning the bullshit war.
It should also be added that no matter how wrong these roundtable pundits are, they will continue to be invited back to render their “expert” opinions about the pressing political issues of the day. In fact, some of them might even get their own Sunday talk show after having been proven wrong with deadly consequences.
And please spare me the, “Meet the Press was so much better when Tim Russert was hosting it.”
No, it wasn’t.