Democrat strategist unveils plan for healthy debate on new Meet the Press

posted at 10:01 am on August 26, 2014 by Jazz Shaw

By now you’ve probably heard the news that Chuck Todd has been given the big chair at Meet the Press formerly held by David Gregory. The move was clearly designed to try to get them back in the game after the show’s ratings steadily decayed under the previous host. But it may take more than a fresh face, so perhaps some fine tuning of the programming formula will be needed as well.

In case the producers are looking for suggestions, The Washington Monthly’s Ed Kilgore is ready with some suggestions. For starters, they should ban any guests he disagrees with.

If Turness is serious about this, we need to organize a grassroots campaign to ask that certain journalists be permanently banned from the panel of Meet the Press, or we’ll boycott the damn thing ab initio. I’d start with Peggy Noonan, Bill Kristol, David Gergen, David Brooks and George Will. Even at their best, they’ve all gotten more airtime than their shaky talents merit. But I’m sure you have dozens more who deserve the Meet Ban. Fire away in the comment thread.

Well, well… that’s just the definition of informing the public through free and open debate. I notice that Kilgore didn’t include Al Sharpton on the list. (I suppose his priceless insights were too valuable to give up.) Also missing from the ban list is Debbie Wasserman Schultz. We all know the fair, balanced and – above all – honest perspective she brings to any show she graces. Also not banned is Robert Gibbs. I mean, who could possibly be more unbiased and even handed in their analysis?

Ed Kilgore is pretty much on par with Steve Benen, who used to write in the same space on a regular basis. If you want to see what sort of fair and balanced coverage you’re getting, check out his resume.

Ed Kilgore is the principal writer for the Washington Monthly’s Political Animal blog. He is also managing editor for The Democratic Strategist, a political analysis website; a special correspondent for The New Republic; and a senior fellow at the Progressive Policy Institute.

Kilgore was a federal-state liaison and speechwriter for three governors of Georgia, and also communications director and legislative counsel for U.S. Senator Sam Nunn. From 1995 until 2006, Kilgore worked for the Democratic Leadership Council and the Progressive Policy Institute, serving as DLC political director and policy director, and eventually vice president for Policy. He was also on the editorial board of New Democrat and Blueprint magazines, and was responsible for the DLC-sponsored New Donkey blog. He has served on the script and speechwriting staff of the last six Democratic National Conventions.

Fair enough, Ed.


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Puhleeze

cmsinaz on August 26, 2014 at 10:02 AM

Well, with that plan, can we just rename it “Meet the Pravdans”?

Bitter Clinger on August 26, 2014 at 10:04 AM

If it looks like a fascist, talks like a fascist…

Aizen on August 26, 2014 at 10:04 AM

I take it this is some TV show?

Akzed on August 26, 2014 at 10:05 AM

Dr. Goebbels is looking up in approval. So is Joe Stalin.

Del Dolemonte on August 26, 2014 at 10:06 AM

What happened to his head?

jake-the-goose on August 26, 2014 at 10:06 AM

Yeah, I’m pretty sure that should do it. I mean, just look what the wonders of straight-up Progressive programming have done for MSNBC and the late CurrentTV and AirAmerica.

Game on!

Resist We Much on August 26, 2014 at 10:07 AM

He looks like Ed’s evil liberal twin brother.

Spannerhead on August 26, 2014 at 10:07 AM

He even looks like a Nazi.

Ward Cleaver on August 26, 2014 at 10:08 AM

“I can’t out debate them so they need to be banned”

Grunt on August 26, 2014 at 10:09 AM

He looks like Ed’s evil liberal twin brother.

Spannerhead on August 26, 2014 at 10:07 AM

Do you have any idea how much it hurts to shoot an ice cube out your nose??

CurtZHP on August 26, 2014 at 10:09 AM

It makes perfect sense when your ideology can’t win a debate.

Ellis on August 26, 2014 at 10:10 AM

Ban them all. Cancel the show forever. Hardly anyone will care.

Bmore on August 26, 2014 at 10:10 AM

And the DLC was supposed to be the moderate wing of the Democratic Party.

Kilgore and others like him are under the belief that “Meet the Press” saw its ratings plunge after liberals like him tuned out because David Gregory is smug and annoying, as opposed to the ratings dropping because David Gregory abandoned Tim Russert’s formula of at least giving the opposing side’s questions/concerns about liberal plans some credence, even if as a fellow ex-Democratic staffer, Russert was still in sympathy with those goals.

Todd likely won’t be as dumb as Kilgore or Gregory when he takes over the show, and will probably try to follow the Russert route in 2015 … until we get close to the 2016 campaign cycle’s full-start. Then he’ll probably follow the George Stepanopolous model of seeming to be non-partisan, but saving all the ‘gotcha’ questions for Republicans (especially if they’re stupid enough to led Todd moderate a GOP primary debate).

jon1979 on August 26, 2014 at 10:11 AM

I think NBC, CBS, CNN, ABC, should take that tact…sounds like a good sound policy to me, and I am sure Fox News would agree.

The funny thing about liberals…throw this back at them, and they will deny they actually said it, let alone admit they believe it.

Their comments and beliefs are so far out their, they usually don’t let people know what they actually think…and when they do, they deny it.

Strange people those libs…

right2bright on August 26, 2014 at 10:12 AM

Hey, silencing the opposition has worked out well for perennial ratings loser MSNBC…why not expand it into Meet the (De)Press(ed)?

JetBoy on August 26, 2014 at 10:12 AM

He even looks like a Nazi.

Ward Cleaver on August 26, 2014 at 10:08 AM

Reminds me of this guy.

CurtZHP on August 26, 2014 at 10:13 AM

Any wonder why their ratings are in the toilet?

docflash on August 26, 2014 at 10:13 AM

“I can’t out debate them so they need to be banned”

Grunt on August 26, 2014 at 10:09 AM

Echo chambers are indignant.

Bitter Clinger on August 26, 2014 at 10:14 AM

Their ship is sinking and the captain has been ordered to stop bailing and let more water into the boat. Sound strategy.

jaywemm on August 26, 2014 at 10:15 AM

I’d start with Peggy Noonan, Bill Kristol, David Gergen, David Brooks and George Will.

I’d be fine with never hearing from those commentators again, although George Will occasionally has something useful to say. I wonder how Ed Kilgore would feel about replacing them with Mark Steyn, Rush Limbaugh, Mark Levin, Michelle Malkin and Sarah Palin?

Fenris on August 26, 2014 at 10:15 AM

Ok, let’s see now. All those people he wants to ban I’ve heard of before but who’s this Kilgore guy?

Oldnuke on August 26, 2014 at 10:15 AM

That picture makes it look like he is channeling Veronica Lake!!

Deano1952 on August 26, 2014 at 10:16 AM

This is click baot for the Washington Times, which is just what they are looking for.

Walter L. Newton on August 26, 2014 at 10:16 AM

Liberal Democrats don’t want debate. They want propaganda outlets.

The MSM has effectively shut out most honest, useful debates and tried to surreptitiously suppress any opposing views. This just confirms what people already know and adopts it as an open policy.

In their salad days, the press was a cherished institution mostly because they were often impartial arbiters of the truth. But that ship has long since sailed into the night.

Most of the people left watching this charade are either sycophants or parrots who have no interest in the truth or facts. They just want a fix of partisan nonsense so they can feel good about their often counter-factual, oppressive and unconstitutional personal proclivities they want to impose on our country.

Disgraceful and the day these shows and their denizens are relegated to the dust bin of history will be a good day indeed.

Marcus Traianus on August 26, 2014 at 10:17 AM

Whatever.

On a more interesting topic — WTF?

So, the family of some punk-ass street thug in a suburb of St. Louis (which is rapidly turning into a ghetto/piss farm) who decided it would be cool to get in a fight with a cop and then got shot and killed for his gangster stupidity … had his funeral “livestreamed” and live-tweeted by the machinery of Democrat minority-victimhood and get-rich-quick schemes? Is that what I am to understand?

Jaibones on August 26, 2014 at 10:19 AM

Reminds me of this guy.

CurtZHP on August 26, 2014 at 10:13 AM

Yep.

Ward Cleaver on August 26, 2014 at 10:19 AM

…In their salad days, the press was a cherished institution mostly because they were often impartial arbiters of the truth. But that ship has long since sailed into the night.

Marcus Traianus on August 26, 2014 at 10:17 AM

I never saw that. They were popular because there was no internet, only 3 channels and PBS, which you had to mess around with the antenna to get and it was still marginal. Walter Cronkite was just as partisan as any modern day talking head, he just covered it up with his folksy demeanor.

Fenris on August 26, 2014 at 10:21 AM

Is there any Democrat “strategist” who doesn’t look like
a Guy who dresses in clown suits to lure
Young boys, or all around Psychopath?

ToddPA on August 26, 2014 at 10:21 AM

Should change the name to “Meet the Brown Shirts”. Can re-education camps be far behind?

GarandFan on August 26, 2014 at 10:22 AM

Ban them all. Cancel the show forever. Hardly anyone will care.

Bmore on August 26, 2014 at 10:10 AM

+1000

22044 on August 26, 2014 at 10:23 AM

Is there any Democrat “strategist” who doesn’t look like
a Guy who dresses in clown suits to lure
Young boys, or all around Psychopath?

ToddPA on August 26, 2014 at 10:21 AM

That is the strategy.

Walter L. Newton on August 26, 2014 at 10:23 AM

“…damn thing ab initio.” The toughest clerk in town.

cbenoistd on August 26, 2014 at 10:24 AM

Calling Ed Kilgore – Your mom wants her mop back!

cww on August 26, 2014 at 10:26 AM

Will hasn’t been on MTP in decades. WTF is he talking about?

Kristol and Brooks, I get. But the panel killers are always the Dems. Just look at the game This Week plays. The right is represented by Dowd, Kristol or if we’re lucky, Ingraham, and the left is always same rabid a-hole like Plouffe or a sitting Congressmen.

budfox on August 26, 2014 at 10:27 AM

What happened to his head?

jake-the-goose on August 26, 2014 at 10:06 AM

It’s bed-head. He’s wearing his jammies under the shirt and tie.

Naturally Curly on August 26, 2014 at 10:29 AM

Why do liberals all have that same look???…

PatriotRider on August 26, 2014 at 10:35 AM

Yes, make it like MSNBC, that’s the path to success.

rob verdi on August 26, 2014 at 10:36 AM

Jazz and Ed Kilgore, together in the same post at last.

Our work is done here.

MTF on August 26, 2014 at 10:41 AM

In all fairness, Debbie Wasserman Schultz is not a journalist. Sure, she is a partisan hack but that is her job.

The people I’d leave off the invite list:
Markos Moulsitas: just a blogger and a rather uninformed one at that. The Daily Kos is a collection of nut cases that preach to a choir of nutcases.

Ezra Klein/Matt Yglesias: the Vox kids aren’t journalists. Their left wing charlatans pretending to be journalists.

Paul Krugman: see Niall Ferguson for this one.

tkc882 on August 26, 2014 at 10:42 AM

Oh dear Lord what is wrong with his hair?

gophergirl on August 26, 2014 at 10:45 AM

I’m sorry, but I have to say…why give this guy any additional exposure?

It’s not like we don’t already know that the anti-American liberal tendency is to silence those who disagree with them…

So, why even bother with a 3rd rate back bencher like this?

EastofEden on August 26, 2014 at 10:45 AM

Put one of those funny under-the-nose mustache’s on him and guess who he looks like?

itsspideyman on August 26, 2014 at 10:46 AM

The Lefties don’t believe dissent is the highest form of patriotism, after all.

formwiz on August 26, 2014 at 10:52 AM

What happened to his head?

jake-the-goose on August 26, 2014 at 10:06 AM

Your head would look like that too, if you kept it shoved in a certain bodily orifice most of the day.

JetBoy on August 26, 2014 at 10:54 AM

His face needs to be banned. What a puss!

nukemhill on August 26, 2014 at 10:59 AM

So, ban anybody who disagrees with your views, CNN, and watch your ratings crater to even more hellish depths. I don’t have a problem with that.

RebeccaH on August 26, 2014 at 11:14 AM

I bet this fascist deuchebag, Harry Reid, and Michael Jackson had some great times at Never Land Ranch.

NO WAY i leave any children unattended around that person and I use the term loo0sley.

Know how to tell what a fascist-democrat will do? What they accuse decent and civilized people of.

jukin3 on August 26, 2014 at 11:22 AM

If whatever landed on top of Kilgore’s head is still alive, it needs to be killed immediately.

ex Dem from Miami on August 26, 2014 at 11:23 AM

I want to see more pudgy little guys with comb-overs to die for, sporting the IQ of a fruit fly.

MNHawk on August 26, 2014 at 11:26 AM

Kilgore whines like a butthurt loser.

Not hard to figure out he wants to ban anyone who has given him a rhetorical whipping, and everyone he fears would give him one, given the opportunity.

Loser.

novaculus on August 26, 2014 at 11:29 AM

Meet the Press – is that a TV show?

earlgrey on August 26, 2014 at 11:39 AM

If Turness is serious about this, we need to organize a grassroots campaign to ask that certain journalists be permanently banned from the panel of Meet the Press, or we’ll boycott the damn thing ab initio. I’d start with Ed Kilgore. Even at his best, he’s gotten far more airtime than his shaky talents merit. But I’m sure you have dozens more who deserve the Meet Ban. Fire away in the comment thread.

unclesmrgol on August 26, 2014 at 11:43 AM

#smartpower

everdiso on August 21, 2014 at 3:13 PM

Schadenfreude on August 26, 2014 at 11:48 AM

Peggy Noonan and David Brooks, the Obama cheerleaders, are going to be banned?

They are too far right?

What on earth are they going to talk about on the show? How to execute Republicans? How many months to get to single payer? How much should we increase welfare benefits?-I can’t see that there would be other points of disagreement given the proposed restriction of the participants.

talkingpoints on August 26, 2014 at 11:49 AM

Ban Ed Kilgore.

jake49 on August 26, 2014 at 11:56 AM

Upcoming topics on MEET THE DEPRESSED

-Raise the minimum wage to $50 an hour, if $15 is good $50 would be great.

- Raise taxes on earnings over $50K to 50%, that way we get $12,500 in taxes from those earning the $50 minimum that work the 30 hour week.

- Make it illegal for any US corporation to buy anything from overseas. We can make our own household products in this country.

- Tips on how to afford a meal at Burger King when a happy meal is $100.

Jay Galt on August 26, 2014 at 12:08 PM

Ed Kilgore calling George Will’s talent shaky? That’s some industrial grade ankle-biting right there.

Festus on August 26, 2014 at 12:12 PM

That caption should read “Whom should we ban?” rather than “Who…?” Just sayin…

College Prof on August 26, 2014 at 12:22 PM

I stopped watching the Sunday shows about a year ago after watching them for decades. The anlysis is stupid and predictable as well as the guests’ talking points. It’s time I can never get back and refuse to waste anymore.

lea on August 26, 2014 at 12:22 PM

Yeah, if there was only one viewpoint expressed on news discussion programs, things would run so much more smoothly.

dkmonroe on August 26, 2014 at 12:31 PM

Huh…..I didn’t even realize the Meet the dePressed was still on the air. Why would I watch that show when I can watch Chris Wallace on FoxNews?!?!?

ehscott on August 26, 2014 at 12:34 PM

The only way I’d watch the show is if they promised to immolate a leftist every time the show airs. I’d watch twice as long if they immolated two on air, three times as long if they immolated three, etc.

That’s the only way they are going to get viewers outside the lemmings that tune in to drool over their idiotic lies and stupid talking points.

Diluculo on August 26, 2014 at 12:44 PM

Nice doo, Ed. Supercuts?

ncjetsfan on August 26, 2014 at 12:45 PM

OUT: “Meet the Press”

IN: “Meet the Left”

Yawwwwwwwwwn….

landlines on August 26, 2014 at 12:46 PM

Nice doo, Ed. Supercuts?

ncjetsfan on August 26, 2014 at 12:45 PM

Home Depot.

JetBoy on August 26, 2014 at 12:47 PM

If Hillary Clinton had a sex change, she’d look like Ed Kilgore.

Pale Rider on August 26, 2014 at 1:01 PM

Com’on Ed,

What are you afraid of?

That your ideas would be shown as vapid and narcissistic?

EB

EdmundBurke247 on August 26, 2014 at 1:07 PM

If Hillary Clinton had a sex change, she’d look like Ed Kilgore.

Pale Rider on August 26, 2014 at 1:01 PM

I figured she’d still look like Hillary.

CurtZHP on August 26, 2014 at 1:15 PM

I don’t understand the problem. If MtP wants to be the microphone of the Democratic party, let them!

Libs are so f*n stupid, they think the entire world thinks like them. Let them remain confused as MtP continues to fall in the ratings.

Kingfisher on August 26, 2014 at 1:16 PM

If you can’t beat them, ban them.

Oxymoron on August 26, 2014 at 1:46 PM

Chuck Todd will bring that independent viewpoint from MSNBC. The show is going to be on fire with him and his chins at the helm.

jukin3 on August 26, 2014 at 1:54 PM

Ed Kilgore is the principal writer hater for the Washington Monthly’s Political Animal blog. He is also managing editor hater for The Democratic Strategist, a political analysis website; a special correspondent hater for The New Republic; and a senior fellow hater at the Progressive Policy Institute.

Carnac on August 26, 2014 at 2:23 PM

The Lefties don’t believe dissent is the highest form of patriotism, after all.
formwiz on August 26, 2014 at 10:52 AM

Their beliefs are like the weather – if you don’t like them, just wait – they change with the season administration.

Ray Van Dune on August 26, 2014 at 2:41 PM

HAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!

If Ernest Moniz and Zorg from The Fifth Element had a son…….

NapaConservative on August 26, 2014 at 3:21 PM

HAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!

If Ernest Moniz and Zorg from The Fifth Element had a son…….

NapaConservative on August 26, 2014 at 3:21 PM

slickwillie2001 on August 26, 2014 at 3:32 PM

Ban them all. Cancel the show forever. Hardly anyone will care.notice

Bmore on August 26, 2014 at 10:10 AM

More accurate

VelvetElvis on August 26, 2014 at 3:47 PM

I wonder how Ed Kilgore would feel about replacing them with Mark Steyn, Rush Limbaugh, Mark Levin, Michelle Malkin and Sarah Palin?

Fenris on August 26, 2014 at 10:15 AM

-mentally pictures Ed Kilgore running away in a full bore linear panic and squealing like a little girl-

VelvetElvis on August 26, 2014 at 3:52 PM

WHAT THE HELL IS THAT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Cindy Munford on August 26, 2014 at 8:00 PM

“Meet the Press” has lost viewers primarily because David Gregory is a leftist asshat who continually defends Obama… and Kilgore’s “solution” to disastrous ratings it to ban anyone who might criticize Obama. Yeah, that’s a good idea…

Colony14 on August 26, 2014 at 10:37 PM