I will post the infuriating clip of conservative political consultant (and top media adviser to George W. Bush's 2004 presidential campaign as well as Mitt Romney's 2008 presidential campaign) Alex Castellanos interrupting and condescending to MSNBC's not-conservative Rachel Maddow in my next post, but first, let's cut in with David Gregory's own infuriating and self-serving interruptions and teases.
He relentlessly promoted other NBC shows at the expense of a much more relevant-- and important-- segment on the differences between President Obama and Willard M. Romney on policy issues.
After a heated debate between Castellanos and Maddow, as well as Hillary Rosen and Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA), David Gregory actually had the chutzpah to say, "We'll be back to the roundtable..." when what he really meant was "Screw that, here are two segments that NBC hopes will bring in more ratings."
So instead of continuing the discussion with his guests, he prioritized mini-infomercials for future network shows and finally got "back to the roundtable" just long enough to thank them for what little time he gave them on air.
Mr. Laffy and I both screamed "WTF?!" at the Tee Vee machine in unison when we realized there would be no more discussion of information that matters to voters, but instead, we'd be force-fed this:
Really, NBC? This is what Meet the Press has become?
The commercialization of the news is depressing enough, but to turn one of the mainstays of Sunday talk (or as I like to call it, Media Bias Sunday... scroll) into a diet of teases, infotainment, and promos for other network programs is insulting and downright appalling.