Tuesday, 18 September 2012

Brinkley on Morning Joe, New Fox TV Series on the Horizon…?

I read a very strange article in Vanity Fair the other day (it’s taken me a while to get around to this). It was about Joe Scarborough, of Morning Joe, and the chances that he might be running for president in 2016. The MSNBC show hosted by Joe and Mika Brzezinski is one of the more popular morning shows, and has enjoyed a pretty impressive roster of guests (recurring and special one-offs).

The article did nothing to improve my mixed opinion of the show, too. I enjoy watching it, from time to time (usually when I’ve caught up with Maddow, UP, MHP and Last Word, and have nothing else to watch), but the dynamic between Scarborough and Brzezinski is really strange.

Douglas Brinkley, who wrote the VF piece, refers to the show as “savvy, caffeinated”, and described the hosts’ dynamic thus:

“even though they are both married, with children, their on-air chemistry can come across as charged, even flirtatious, the cable equivalent of Nick and Nora Charles.”

I couldn’t disagree more. I’ve more often seen Joe shoot down or talk over Mika’s comments and analysis than I have anything else (except for a YouTube video clip of Mika shooting Scarborough down, albeit in a less-than-scathing manner).

I do think their new TV drama project sounds interesting, though:

“they have started a film-and-TV production company and the first proj­ect they’re developing and peddling is a TV drama about the life and times of their volatile competitor [Fox]. Philip Seymour Hoffman has been mentioned for the [Roger] Ailes character; James Gandolfini’s name has come up to portray Ailes’s pal Governor Chris Christie.”

That, I think, could be a very interesting TV show, and I’d certainly be interested in watching at least the first couple episodes to see if they manage to pull it off. (Hopefully it would be more settled and less silly that the high-profile media-focused Newsroom on HBO – I love Aaron Sorkin, but this show is damned uneven, and he has apparently forgotten how to write female characters that are anything but clich├ęs and cartoons.)

Speaking of women and their portrayal in the media… The image below ran with Brinkley’s piece. It does nothing to improve matters or my impression of who’s the boss on Morning Joe and what Brzezinski’s role is actually meant to be. She’s a smart woman – why does she have to pose like that?

MorningJoeWTF

Monday, 17 September 2012

Coming October 6th: “The Rumble in the Air-Conditioned Auditorium”

This, I think, is going to be a lot of fun. And probably a lot more informative than the official presidential debates. Unless Romney lets some more of his personal beliefs slip through… Maybe if we populated the audience with only millionaires and his sort of people, then he’d feel comfortable and willing to tell us what he really thinks. Leave out the 47% who’ll never vote for him. Just the silver spoon brigade…

Saturday, 15 September 2012

Iowa, “Voter Fraud”, Judge Says No

I’ve been reading a lot about this at work, so I wanted to share this clip from the Rachel Maddow Show:

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Tuesday, 11 September 2012

Romney deserves credit for killing Osama bin Laden. Wait, what…?

This segment from Monday’s Rachel Maddow Show episode is presented without comment. Because… well, it’s bonkers. A poll was conducted in Ohio and North Carolina, asking respondents a question that I would never have allowed through, but nevertheless produced some astonishing results. Here’s the question:

“Who do you think deserves more credit for the killing of Osama bin Laden: Barack Obama or Mitt Romney?”

And the responses are just depressing. Have a look:

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Monday, 10 September 2012

Jeremy Scahill & UP with Chris Hayes

My Twitter stream was pretty busy yesterday and today over Jeremy Scahill, The Nation’s foreign policy journalist, and his stance on President Obama’s foreign policy which he voiced on Chris Hayes’s show, to much push-back from his fellow guests. The video’s split in two (both below), and I think Scahill makes a lot of very good points – some of which the other guests don’t want to accept, in turn reinforcing one of Scahill’s first points about the media and how they cover and represent President Obama’s foreign policy…

Clip 1:

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Clip 2:

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He finishes off with “I look forward to the ad hominem attacks on Twitter”… And he didn’t have to wait long…

On a personal note, I was very happy to hear China inserted into the debate right at the end – pity they didn’t have time to get into it any deeper, but maybe it’ll spur something more in the future.