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Rana

*gently bonking my forehead against my lapdesk*

cebm

My 'public opinion' is Chuck Todd is an asshole. Privately, I think he's a really big asshole.

Linkmeister

I think it was Josh Marshall who wrote there was an entire phalanx of pundits on CNN waiting for the press conference to be finished in order to interpret it for the great unwashed. Apparently punditry is a recession-proof industry, unlike, say, CNN's entire science unit, which got dumped a few weeks ago.

Somehow I doubt that there were any radio pundits after any of the FDR fireside chats.

Anne D.

Lance,

Your observation of Chuck Todd is timely . Check out Jay Rosen and Glenn Greenwald discussion of the media/Washington era of Obama with Bill Moyers on his PBS show last friday, 02/06/09. Chuck Todd and the others don't want to lose control of the message. In my opionion, like NBC, CBS and ABC who were not ready to compete against cable channels, the Washington media elite haven't coped with the internet and (or to acknowledge) the power that is there. It was discussed during the Moyers show growing strength with people rallying aroung blogs where they find simular viewpoints.

lina

You gotta wonder how/why Chuck Todd got the White House beat. He seemed to be having a good career covering horse race politics and crunching numbers. I don't believe he has any journalism background. Then again, no journalism cred is really required to cover the White House. Reporters sit around in little cubicles all day waiting for one person (the Prez) to say or do something. It's a crappy beat. It seems like the most prestigious job in reporter world, but it truly sucks. Maybe Todd is perfect for it.

Claire

Thank you Anne D. (and Lance) for that Moyers transcript. Fantastic. Moyers quotes Greenwald, "The media stars in Washington almost never understand that there's anything wrong with the establishment of which they're a part."

Matter-Eater Lad

The thing Chuck Todd had going for him last spring during the primaries was that he was often the ONLY person whose arguments and comments were grounded in cold, hard, numbers. He was looking not at whether Obama could win in Pennsylvania or Clinton could win in North Carolina, but at how many delegates each candidate had and what the likely end result was going to be.

The lesson NBC learned from this was not that talking heads should ground what they say in facts, but that Chuck Todd needed a resume-building slot covering the White House before he could be moved onto bigger things. But in the absence of cold, hard facts like he had during the campaign seasons last year, he's as likely as anyone to repeat the received wisdom of the village insiders.

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