Chuck Todd

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Chuck Todd recently made my list of worst journalists. I have been watching him closely, at least from time to time, ever since election night 2012 when he was so glum watching Mitt lose. Today he was applauding the Dow as it hit record territory while he castigated President Obama as anti-business. I really don’t understand how he reached that conclusion unless he considers all Democrats as anti-business since Democrats aren’t Republicans. To my mind, President Obama has been too pro-business, putting Wall Street ahead of Main Street. Perhaps Chuck is considering a move to FOX.

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English: Brian Williams at the Vanity Fair celebration for the 9th annual Tribeca Film Festival. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I collect coincidences for fun. I recently began noticing that the worst journalists have two first names, one as a first name and one as a second name. ABC has Jonathan Karl. NBC has Brian Williams, Chuck Todd and David Gregory. FOX has newly acquired George Will, Ed Henry, Megyn Kelly and Charles Krauthammer. Now that is a coincidence. I plan on looking for more on ABC and CBS.

Early TV

I Love Lucy

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During the 1950s in Chicago, if my memory serves me correctly, we had our choice of four channels: CBS on 2, NBC on 5, ABC on 7 and WGN on 9. Most shows were 30 minutes long and most people watched the hit shows, like I Love Lucy at 7:00 pm on Monday nights. Now there are so many channels that most people are watching different shows. My point is that in the early days of television, TV united us culturally while today TV is a divider.

Shameful

I think that it is shameful that two shows on Comedy Central, The Daily Show and Colbert Report,

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Stewart with correspondents (from left to right) Samantha Bee, Aasif Mandvi, Jason Jones, John Oliver and Rob Riggle (2008) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

provide better information on the state of our politics than do the three major networksNBCABC and CBS.

Al-Jazeera

Al Jazeera

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Al Gore recently sold Current TV to Al-Jazeera. He has received some criticism for the fact that he made a lot of money on the sale. I don’t care how much money he made. I care that Al-Jazeera is a quality producer of real news that will finally offer Americans an alternative to the pabulum offered by NBC, CBS and ABC. If Al-Jazeera forces the three major networks to improve the quality of the news they offer and perhaps put FOX News out of business, I will cheer. We need better news coverage to preserve American democracy.