You’ve had your fun with the talking-head roundtable “discussions” on your 24-hr news networks. Now it’s time for them to die, screaming in agony.
To put it another way, just because you can create three splitscreens appear on a television screen, doesn’t mean that you should. People say that the world doesn’t need any more lawyers, I disagree.
What society really don’t need anymore of is political commentators. Especially paid political commentators. What does a political commentator do when they’re not yelling at a screen, of an avatar who is not really there, anyway? Jet-ski? Read a book?
And this isn’t a partisan issue.
Nothing ever gets resolved on these damn segments and everyone will continue not to communicate with each other long after. Can you readily admit any such segment on CNN or HLN where five random people yell at each other for 12 minutes has ever accomplished anything?
Tucker Carlson hasn’t changed for as long as he’s been known to political junkies on TV for past 20 years. And surely he will continue act smug and drown out any fool with belligerence, just as sure as the sun will rise and set everyday, for the next 20 years, too. Same goes for Ed Schultz, Sean Hannity, Bill O’Reilly, Al Sharpton, Rachel Maddow and every other talking head to appear on cable news.
One of the best moments of television ever, wasn’t from The Sopranos or Breaking Bad, but when whatever EP or scheduler foolishly booked Jon Stewart to appear on CNN’s talk-news debate show Crossfire in late 2004. They expected him to play nice-nice with political hacks/pundits Paul Begala and Tucker Carlson. He did not.
I’ve never such an elegant takedown done on the fly. Stewart charms and disarms when he tells the two that their show is hurting America and public discourse. Even when his delivery is couched in a joke, there’s a uncomfortable truth beneath the surface.
Judging the clip alone, Begala and Carlson genuinely believe their show, in which pundits from the Left and Right yell at each other for 30 minutes for spectator sport soothes the partisan divide in this country.
A few months later Crossfire was off the air. Sometimes two events are automatically associated with another, despite no causation of such. But, in this case, I truly believe CNN looked themselves in the mirror and got an icky, clammy feeling come over them.
Just as Mark Burnett is eventually gonna have to answer to Jesus for accidentally elevating Donald Trump’s specter to President of the United States through The Apprentice, Ted Turner is gonna have to do the same for creating CNN, the first 24-hour news network with all the time for information and news, but still wound up with less of it…