April, May, June, July ... Fools
So much in the news on this April Fool's Day, 2005. For example, the"final verdict" on prewar"intelligence" has been issued. It is, of course, nothing of the sort. The"final verdict" won't be issued for years and years. But this particular verdict does make it appear that there were plenty of fools running America's"intelligence" community. American"homeland security" is gravely dependent on the quality of its intelligence. That should make all of us feel very safe.
And then, on the heels of the departure of NBC's Tom Brokaw and CBS's Dan Rather, another Long-Time Talking Head will be Leaving the Airwaves—this coming December: Ted Koppel, long-time host of ABC News'"Nightline." I've actually been a fan of"Nightline" for many years, if only because it does offer an opportunity for a more comprehensive look at the news of the day, with more in-depth interviews and coverage than that offered on the nightly news broadcasts.
I'm also a religious viewer of the Sunday morning news broadcasts, but I have found them infuriating for the last few years. I spend most Sunday mornings doing a most un-Godly thing: Cursing at the TV Screen. Not only because of what is being said, but because it's the same people saying the same things. Ted Koppel puts his finger on it. As the NY Times reports this morning:
Mr. Koppel said he had been concerned about what he saw as the uniformity of all the Sunday public affairs programs—particularly when a viewer can flip from one channel to the other and see people like the secretary of defense or secretary of state interviewed on each."That seems to be the general understanding in Washington these days," Mr. Koppel said."The administration sets the tone and theme and presents the same guests to all the programs at the same time. I don't think anyone is served by that."
Quite honestly, let me put it another way: ARRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRGHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!
That felt better.
[begin rant] Why don't they just call the Sunday morning news programs: The Condi Rice Show? Or The Don Rumsfeld Show? Or The John McCain Show? Or (up until recently) The Colin Powell Show? EVERY DAMN WEEK, the same people, over and over and over again. On every channel. Sometimes simultaneously. Taped broadcasts putting to rest the maxim that one can't be in two or three different places at the same time. Who needs a Pentagon Channel? [/end rant]
April Fool's Day? The Washington establishment makes fools of all of us, every day of the year.
Cross-posted to Notablog.
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Chris Matthew Sciabarra - 4/2/2005
... hehe... only in carefully orchestrated Town Hall meetings during Election season. :)
Matthew Humphreys - 4/2/2005
Count yourselves lucky Chris: our Prime Minister keeps turning up on light talk shows here, such as Channel 4's early evening Richard & Judy show. You can pretty much guarantee nothing even remotely probing is going to be asked.
That said, those wonderful chaps at Sky News somehow convinced Blair to take questions from the public for two hours live on their channel, which did lead to some seriously surprising moments :-)
Any chance of Bush doing something like that there?