Even though it’s been a down year for cable news, Tapper has been CNN’s daytime MVP. It’s safe to say that anyone near a television at 4 p.m. interested in news and politics is probably watching Tapper’s The Lead. Even though MSNBC recently announced that they’re moving Alex Wagner, one of the network’s biggest non-primetime names, into that time slot, it’s safe to say that Tapper is too busy to really care. He tweets, he Vines, he Instagrams, he’s stepping in and keeping things running smoothly in the primetime when Erin Burnett is away. He’s a tough interviewer. And, despite working for a mainstream media outlet that is not Fox News, conservatives love him for his open acknowledgement of bias in the media.
This kind of media mastery is the stuff that Sunday show hosts should be made of. Hell, this is the stuff that hosts of those legacy morning shows like Today are supposed to be made of. Look, I’m advocating for Tapper to get a Sunday show here, but assigning the guy to guest host the next time Chris Cuomo is out for extended vacay might not be a bad idea either.