I watched Meet the Press for the first time in years this weekend, entirely because my friend and colleague Jon Ralston was to be a guest in the roundtable segment. Jon — host of daily TV show Ralston Reports on KSNV Channel 3 here in Las Vegas — did a great job as always, even if he did have to share screen time with “press” such as this one guy from the Heritage Foundation’s blog and an ex-Barack Obama flack turned political consultant. Ah, balance.
Before the roundtable, however, I found Meet the Press had not improved in the years since the sudden death of former host Tim Russert. We switched from a White House official dodging host David Gregory‘s questions about the Russian invasion of a sovereign nation to dodging questions about the president’s popularity rating. Really? We’re one bullet away from a hot war in Crimea — but let’s not forget how the president’s poll numbers impact this story?!
In case you don’t believe me, here are a few of the questions posted on the Meet the Press Facebook page this weekend:
- Will President Obama be an asset or a liability for Democrats in November?
- Will Democrats or Republicans gain the upper hand in the midterm elections this year?
- Would President Obama ever delay the individual mandate in#Obamacare?