Advertising Revenue, Not Enlightenment, Is the Goal of Sunday Morning DC Pundit Shows

The Washington Post is so enamored of inside-the-Beltway, self-anointed pundits (which include a great number of WP columnists and reporters) that it published an inadvertently revealing April 20 article about pretentious Sunday morning political talk shows. The Post article implied that the falling ratings of David Gregory on “Meet the Press” could be related to the real objectives of these pustulating programs with blathering poobahs: advertising and DC access for the three major non-cable networks.

The article, curiously posted in the “Lifestyle” section of the Post, begins with a breathless portrait of David Gregory, who infamously asked Glenn Greenwald last year – in an example of the uniform mindset shared by the government and network news – “To the extent that you have aided and abetted Snowden, even in his current movements, why shouldn’t you, Mr. Greenwald, be charged with a crime?” The Post portrays Gregory as follows:

If “Meet the Press” moderator David Gregory were a guest on his own show, he knows the kinds of questions he’d be asked.

Read the full article here.

Mark Karlin
Mark Karlin is the editor of BuzzFlash at Truthout. He served as editor and publisher of BuzzFlash for ten years before joining Truthout in 2010. BuzzFlash has won four Project Censored Awards. Karlin writes a commentary five days a week for BuzzFlash, as well as articles for Truthout. He also interviews authors and filmmakers whose works are featured in Truthout's Progressive Picks of the Week.
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