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Today Show Watch: Falling to the Right and News-less

Posted by jdodge349 on February 17, 2009

My wife screamed at me to switch the channel during the first 21-minute segment of the today show. Indeed, we have been watching more Good Morning, America and Morning Joe. The Today Show is news-less and going downhill fast.

“Dear, we have to know what the enemy is thinking and plotting,” I said. TTS invoked her wrath when they promoed that Fox News’ and former Bush hitman Karl Rove would be on followed by an interview with teen mother Bristol Palin that would include her mother fawning over the newborn. When is The Today Show jumping to Fox?

Anyhow, Karl Rove added nothing new to the discussion about why republicans were so against the stimulus. I thought he might have something beyond the fact that they’re a grim bunch mirroring the sour expression always always worn on the face of  Sen. John Boehner.

Actually, Rove lauded Obama for getting the bill passed in record time (667 hours) and was not that hard on the stimulus. Congressional republicans, he “went out of their way” to offer alternatives, but were muzzled.  Matt Lauer tried to assign the recessions blame to the Bush administration and of course Rove defended it, saying it was all Clinton’s fault for planting the seeds of the recession and Chris Dodd and Obama in 2005 who protected  Fannie Mae’s lending practices in 2005.

Bush is blameless and wasn’t lax in regulation…it’s all the democrat’s fault, he said. Besides that bit of rewritten history, it was same old, same old….a bit toned down, tho.

The Bristol Palin segment was a softball with daughter saying teen pregnancy was not a good thing. Is she the best spokesperson for combating teen pregnancy?

The Today Show’s choice of coverage topics is a mystery. Why don’t they visit communities and families devastated by the recession? Why didn’t they cover that a key Taliban leader was killed? The lead story under the heading “more news” on its web site was: “Jean-Georges’ chipotle glazed pork chops.”

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One Response to “Today Show Watch: Falling to the Right and News-less”

  1. Patrick said

    Actually, the reason to be against the massive spending bill is this:

    FDR’s Treasury secretary and close friend, Henry Morganthau, conceded this fact to Congressional Democrats in May 1939: “We have tried spending money. We are spending more than we have ever spent before and it does not work. And I have just one interest, and if I am wrong … somebody else can have my job. I want to see this country prosperous. I want to see people get a job. I want to see people get enough to eat. We have never made good on our promises … I say after eight years of this Administration we have just as much unemployment as when we started … And an enormous debt to boot!”

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