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March 20, 2010

THE EXTREMIST CENTER

FAIR - On his weekend NBC show, Chris Matthews regularly posts a question to 12 regular pundit/journalists--what he calls "The Matthews Meter." This Sunday the question was: "Should Obama Move to the Center Instead of the Left as a Reelection Strategy?"

Matthews explained it on the show: "Let's go to the bottom line. We took it to The Matthews Meter, 12 of our regulars. What's the smartest political route for Obama right now, play to the center or to the left? Well, no contest here. Eleven say play to the center; just one says go left."

That's about as clear a statement of the political bias of the corporate press corps as you're likely to see. The advice for Democrats is always the same-- move to the right.

FAIR - Broadcasting & Cable spoke with the head of PBS's flagship New York station about the recent hire of Newsweek editor Jon Meacham and former MTV and NPR host Alison Stewart for PBS's forthcoming program Need to Know, which is replacing Now and the Bill Moyers Journal:

WNET president Neal Shapiro . . . said he is not concerned that Stewart and Meacham, who has been a frequent guest on Charlie Rose as well as MSNBC's Morning Joe, will bring ideological baggage to the program.

"They are both are incredibly smart. And I think, given their intellect, neither are people you can pigeonhole left or right. I think they have a history of asking probing questions on all sides."

"Given their intellect" they can't be placed on the left or the right? Yeah, smart people are all centrists. . .


2 Comments:

Blogger Lars said...

Wouldn't moving to the center mean Obama is actually having to move to the left a little bit?

March 20, 2010 2:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The smartest people aren't centrists, but the greediest people are. They owe their only alliance to money, not any ideal, except the accumulation of personal wealth.

March 21, 2010 10:21 AM  

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