Midweek Fact Check Might Improve Sunday Political Talk Shows

So says NYU professor Jay Rosen, of the mess Sunday political talk shows have become:

Now I don’t contend this would solve the problem of the Sunday shows, which is structural. But it might change the dynamic a little bit. Whoever was bullshitting us more could expect to hear about it from Meet the Press staff on Wednesday. The midweek fact check (in the spirit of Politifact.com, which could even be hired for the job…) 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.

Rosen is an astute commentator, and the media could do (well, is doing) a lot worse than listen to his suggestion. I, for one, don’t watch the shows anymore because they’ve turned into American Gladiator with suits.


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Midweek Fact Check Might Improve Sunday Political Talk Shows

So says NYU professor Jay Rosen, of the mess Sunday political talk shows have become:

Now I don’t contend this would solve the problem of the Sunday shows, which is structural. But it might change the dynamic a little bit. Whoever was bullshitting us more could expect to hear about it from Meet the Press staff on Wednesday. The midweek fact check (in the spirit of Politifact.com, which could even be hired for the job…) 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.

Rosen is an astute commentator, and the media could do (well, is doing) a lot worse than listen to his suggestion. I, for one, don’t watch the shows anymore because they’ve turned into American Gladiator with suits.

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