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Opening Arguments

If it's Sunday, it must be . . . oh, no!

Lots of chatter about what a post-Tim Russert "Meet The Press" might look like:

Tyndall said that if he were NBC News President Steve Capus, a short list for the position would include White House correspondent David Gregory, chief foreign affairs correspondent Andrea Mitchell — both of whom have guest-hosted “Meet the Press” — as well as political director Chuck Todd and “Hardball” host Chris Matthews. Two dark-horse candidates could be “Morning Joe” host Joe Scarborough or perhaps former “Nightly News” anchor Tom Brokaw — that is, if he had any interest in returning to such a prominent role.

Each day, Gregory, Mitchell, Matthews and Scarborough fill slots on MSNBC, and Todd has been a fixture on NBC and MSNBC throughout the 2008 race. While all strong candidates, none has yet to dominate the competition as Russert did.

Against him, Stephanopoulos on “This Week,” Bob Schieffer on “Face the Nation” and Chris Wallace on “Fox News Sunday” all competed for second place.

The best suggestion I've heard so far is to return to the panel-of-journalists format, hosted by Chuck Todd. 


Harl Delos
Mon, 06/16/2008 - 1:25pm

Chuck Todd certainly has made an impressive splash, hasn't he? He always has the data at his fingertips, and it's impossible to tell who he's rooting for.

I'd lay odds that Chris Matthews won't get it. There were a lot of stories going around, about a month ago, that Russert was casting about, looking for Matthews' replacement.

Mon, 06/16/2008 - 5:28pm

I like Chuck, almost too much. If he took Russert's spot, I'd be afraid he would lose some of what I like. For me, he's a provider of facts, not a poser of questions.

Something about Gregory rubs me the wrong way. The word "smarmy" comes to mind for some reason.

I agree that Matthews probably won't get it, but in some ways, he seems like the heir apparent.

Any possibility of a print journalist getting the gig? Maybe someone like those McClatchy/Knight-Ridder guys who got almost everything right about the run up to the Iraq War when everyone else was strapping on their lapel pins?

Mon, 06/16/2008 - 7:53pm

I long ago graduated from the "talking head" shows where liberal media types, including the departed Mr. Russert, ply lefties with softballs and pitch curve balls against conservatives. On panel shows we get the "show" conservative such as George Will and a pile of libs.

Doug will someday understand that his view of who is right or wrong about Iraq and the Islamic Jihad will be subject to the after-the-fact historic review of today's current events, not a re-write of 911 and the judgments made then. Patriotism has always been an American strength. Since we are offering opinions, I do not believe that liberals understand the concept.

Harl Delos
Mon, 06/16/2008 - 10:42pm

Something about Gregory rubs me the wrong way. The word