Fix ‘Meet The Press’, Hire Rachel Maddow
Let’s be honest, “Meet The Press” has been lost since Tim Russert’s passing. What used to be Sunday morning’s hardest-hitting, most compelling politics show has become a little soggy. David Gregory was a safe choice to replace Russert; he’s got credibility as a reporter, a bit of sense of humor, heck, he’s even pretty good-looking. And he’s made the show just that: safe. He doesn’t have fire. He doesn’t have Russert’s dogged determination, his inability to let an issue go before he gets to the truth. And “Meet The Press” isn’t the same without it.
It’s nothing personal against Gregory, he does a respectable job. But Tim Russert’s shoes were ridiculously hard to fill, and most anyone would’ve been a let down. Which is why it’s time for MTP to make another change. It’s not about the guy who replaces the legend, it’s about the guy who replaces the guy who replaces the legend. He (or she) is the one that really has a shot. A chance to step out of the shadow, to be their own host, to make the show in their image, not as a reflection of the great one who came before them. And that person is Rachel Maddow.
If you’re familiar with her work on MSNBC, then you know what I’m talking about. If you’re not, watch the following. It’s Maddow’s interview with Tim Phillips, the President of “American’s for Prosperity” a Republican activist organization.
And now the completely kick-ass and amazing second segment.
Great stuff, right? Maddow does something there that almost no other television personality is able to pull-off convincingly nowadays: standing up for what’s right. I’m sure that “Meet The Press” producers would be wary of her because she clearly has a liberal bent. She’s not impartial, she doesn’t toe the line of unbiased political evaluation. But, just like Russert, Maddow is ruthless when it comes to the truth. She goes after anyone – liberal or conservative – when they try to deceive the public. She’s held the Obama administration’s feet to the fire countless times when they haven’t fulfilled their promises on gay rights, health care, or Guantanamo Bay. She challenges her guests to be forthright, and makes them pay when they attempt anything less. Maddow could, without a doubt, bring the fire back to Sunday morning in a way that only Russert was capable. He was an expert when it came to being opinionated without revealing what his opinions were. Maddow’s style is a bit different, but the results would be the same. Fascinating, informative, and action-packed political discussion. And that beats the hell out of a little Sunday brunch, right?