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The Politico asked @
about my simple fix for the Sunday Shows; he said it was a good idea and they're gonna talk about it.
January 10, 2010
Here's how it started: a Dec. 27 Tweet
to the Meet the Press executive producer: "Sadly, you're a one-way medium, @betsyMTP, but here's an idea for ya: Fact check what your guests say on Sunday and run it online Wednesday." -
Which I developed into a post the same day: My Simple Fix for the Messed Up Sunday Shows.
. "Look, the Sunday morning talk shows are broken...The midweek fact check might, over time, exert some influence on the speakers on Sunday. At the very least, it would guide the producers in their decisions about whom to invite back..." -
ABC's Jake Tapper replies on Twitter, "interesting, thanks"
Then the blogosphere picks it up and debates the idea:
Twitter action is heavy, as well
Jan. 3: Howard Kurtz mentions the simple fix and endorses the idea on his CNN program, Reliable Sources, and on Twitter:
Jan. 5 FishbowlDC gets an official "no comment" from NBC on my suggestion:
Meanwhile Washington Post columnist and MSNBC regular Eugene Robinson endorses the idea. -
Jan. 7-8 The Politico's media beat reporter, Michael Calderone, starts calling around about the fatigued state of the Sunday Shows, finding widespread agreement that they're broken. -
Jan. 10: Calderone's article comes out at The Politico, leading with "A new idea recently surfaced for television’s longest-running show: What if “Meet the Press” fact-checked what its stream of political guests said and ran the results online later in the week?"
"...The suggestion by New York University journalism professor Jay Rosen kicked around Twitter and the blogosphere with such force that the show’s host, David Gregory, said in a statement to POLITICO that it was a 'good idea' and his staff is “going to talk about it." -
In case you're wondering what "mindcasting" is: I defined and explained it here: Mindcasting: defining the form, spreading the meme
brilliant idea -
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