You may recall the cynical comment made by a CBS executive the night Donald Trump was elected, “This is terrible for the country but it’s great for CBS.” The man saw the handwriting on the wall. Television had been instrumental in creating this monster and now television was going to clean up in covering him. And it did, for four interminable years.

Bearing that in mind, add the fact that Chuck Todd recently retired from Meet The Press and Kristen Welker took his place. So what does she do? Why, she decides to normalize the adjudicated rapist, the quadruple-indicted, thrice married, twice impeached former president who is running for office in order to grift his cult and in a perfect world (for him) pardon himself. As Maureen Dowd put it, “a man is running to run the government he tried to overthrow while he was running it, even as he is running to stay ahead of the law.” Yet NBC is fine with its new host of the “longest run show on television,” as it proudly boasts, normalizing this madness. Just simply fine.

This observation from Dan Froomkin, the editor of Press Watch and a media analyst, is spot on.

Other views are sprouting up like wildfire on X, exposing the fact that the media has always played a part in Trump being able to get where he got. This is the point of no return. If we can’t do something to change this in 2024, then I fear for what January 20, 2025 may bring.

That’s all that this is, is television, not political commentary or analysis. The television president being given softball questions by a television journalist. It’s all fluffing and fun by the beautiful people. We are doomed if the plug on this isn’t pulled right freaking now and a better way of doing political news coverage doesn’t emerge. The problem is institutional. That much is evident, because we are going into year eight.

The dearth of sound political reporting in this country (other than an occasional Jonathan Swan piece) and access journalism, are killing this country. You recall this past Monday when the scandal du jour (which ended up running all week) of Lauren Boebert’s misbehavior at a Denver theater broke. The same day, a piece dropped at Politico. It said, “With her seat in danger, the Coloradan is starting to sound like a completely different person at home.” The headline was “Lauren Boebert Ditches the MAGA thing In Colorado.” Boebert, we were told, was a many splendored personality. She was not just the MAGA bad girl, oh no, she had changed.

Boebert is hardly the only member projecting a different version of herself in the Capitol than she does back home. But her embrace of a political split personality illustrates the limits of raucous Trump-first conservatism in a competitive district. Her Freedom Caucus stardom hasn’t immunized her from the risk of playing more to the GOP base than voters back home.

This piece shows you why Politico is called by its worst detractors “Tiger Beat On The Potomac.” It’s sheer drivel. It’s a puff piece. Boebert is a TV star, a Freedom Caucus star. The piece shows Boebert changing her high heels and putting on cowboy boots. It is precisely this level of so-called journalism that has nurtured the cancer that MAGA and Donald Trump and most certainly Lauren Boebert, are on the body politic.

Yes, the realities of access journalism decree that if you play nice with people in power, they give you access so that you can get quotes and things for your stories. That’s old school journalism and it might have worked fine in a different day and age. You scratch my back, I scratch yours. Nowadays access journalism results in the acceptance and normalization of the exact same subversive elements that are destroying our nation.

I wrote a piece last November, The Press Has To Rise To This Moment In History Or Perish. If you can spare six minutes, please read this piece. It explains that the problem in this country is not just that the GOP as we knew it is gone, but that the traditional way of political reporting does not allow for the true horror of events as they really are occurring to get full coverage and be explored in context, because to do so is seen as “bias” and that is anathema. So the both sider madness continues, regardless of facts that scream, “Look at me! Look at what’s happening here! Look at what it means!” and take me seriously. And the problem with that, is that we are then left with an overwhelming sense of futility, a sense that none of this matters somehow, that there are no answers. Life is just a TV episode, a momentary stimulation and nothing is real or serious.

Both siderism and access journalism are killing this country. The media has to change. Political reporting has to change.

And the first step, as I see it, is definitely, let’s BoycottMeetThePress. If Welker ends up ghosted and a pariah, maybe she will actually do the job she should do and tell the truth. The CNN Town Hall which normalized Trump resulted in Chris Licht being fired. Maybe Welker needs to be fired to, in order to prod at least a few people in television news to get in touch with reality and stop playing with itself, in an endless meta loop, of making everything “fair and balanced” by pretending that we live in normal times or that Donald Trump is a normal candidate.

As I wrote in my piece last November, it’s time for a sea change. It truly is. If television journalism is more entertainment than truth oriented, we will amuse ourselves to death, just as Neil Postman warned us we would back in the 80’s in a book he wrote, Amusing Ourselves To Death: Public Discourse In The Age Of Show Business.

What Postman said is coming true. What happened in the movie A Face In The Crowd is coming true. We are living it.

You can do your part. #BoycottMeetThePress. Ask everyone you know to do the same. NBC needs to get the message. And CBS needs to get it, too, after Lesley Stahl’s interview, which normalized Marjorie Taylor Greene. The media is complicit in the rise of MAGA and what could soon be the fall of democracy. They need to wake up, smell the coffee, and do an about face.


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  1. I’m DEFENITELY “cancelling” that crap. Permanently. They should have asked CNN for advice first. This is BS. Glad I didn’t watch. 🤑🤑

    • We can’t normalize Trump. We saw what happened in 2016 and my God, they’re doing the same playbook. And then we’ll get to the horserace reporting because that’s a ratings ploy. Keep everybody on the edge of their seats, biting their nails.

      The first step in changing this dynamic is for reporters to be telling the truth and the context of who and what Trump is and not ignoring it like it’s nothing. That has to happen. We can’t keep pretending this is normal or is soon going to become normal.

  2. Kristen Welker was known as a stenographer, rather than journalist, as WH correspondent. If Chuck Todd had any say in his replacement, he may have touted Welker, knowing she would make him look good in comparison.

    • I thought Todd was a complete idiot but now I’m starting to miss him. It’s like now I’m finding myself agreeing with Romney. It’s amazing what the end of one’s civilization causes a person to do.

      • Romney only good in comparison. He was never a normal conservative. He was a bully in.high school.and as a Mormon elder. Judy Dushku , A feminist Mormon professor, clashed with him many times, challenging James him openly. He tried to.bully her and filed miserably. It ‘S just that compared too.Trump he looks sane, rational, and cenrist.

  3. It’s a horrifying combination of outage and sadness that after watching a single clip from Welker’s “interview” I thought as much as Chuck Todd drove me up the freaking wall we’d be better off with HIM still hosting Meet the Press. Les Moonves (who you spoke about at the beginning) might be out at CBS but his attitude is the same one that exists in every executive suite and boardroom of every major news outlet. They ALWAYS want a “horse race” to cover and frankly so does most of the “talent’ – it’s a helluva lot easier for the “talent” to blather horse-race crap than do actual journalism. A Trump – Biden rematch they figure will be ratings (and therefore ad revenue) gold and if the country is destroyed in the process they don’t have a single f**k to give.

    • The thing is that this is an institutional problem. That became obvious eight years ago and it became obvious even in 2020. On the one hand, nobody knows how to cover Trump because this is strange and unique. I get that. But that’s when a basic moral compass and basic journalistic ethics come into play.

      Tell the freaking truth. Ask Trump if he thinks it’s normal for him to be facing four indictments and be an adjudicated rapist. No, instead they throw cotton balls at him and that’s journalism. Uh uh.

  4. I boycott Meet the Press every Sunday, so no problem there……..

    ……now give me Lawrence O’ Donnell or even Scarborough roasting Lardass, I’ll be front and center…..since the job of this type of show in not report tithe news but MAKE the news, THAT would be worth my while!!!

    • I’m going to see if anybody is getting a petition together to boycott Meet the Press. If there was a petition — maybe Meidas Touch or somebody could start it — we could get people here to sign it and then we could go to other political blogs and ask all the Democrats to put their signatures on it. If we stand in solidarity, a whole block of people, Democrats and former Republicans who are fed up, and Independents, maybe that will carry a message.

  5. I believe Meet the Press is on NBC and NOT CBS. Their political hack show is Face the Nation.
    No problem for me since I never watch either. I sometimes watch Lawrence O’Donnell and Nicole Wallace, Morning Joe but I mostly rely on this site or Medias Touch. All other national media clearly cannot be trusted.

  6. Boycott meet the press? Oh no, no, no, not NEARLY enough. Boycott NBC ENTIRELY!!! F*ck these morons endangering our democracy for the sake of a few more pennies to stockholders. Let’s beggar the f*ckers.

    WE run this nation not craporations and oligarchs and the sooner WE make sure they get that, the better. I’m not totally against a revolution but it needs to be for honest reasons, not lies. We hold the power here-let’s not be afraid to use it. Judiciously at first with boycotts but all out if they do not concede.


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