If David Gregory is wondering why the
audience of “Meet the Press” has eroded to below 3 million, he might
consider putting himself in an outside-the-Beltway viewer’s shoes and
rewatching Sunday’s round-table segment.
The panel was all
white, mostly middle-aged male and uniformly dyed-in-the-wool
establishment. Pretty much par for the course. But what made this
installment especially grating was the repetitious plugola for one
middle-aged white male’s new book and for another’s newly redesigned
magazine that just so happens to be rolling out (punctuated by a
show-and-tell of a front-page newspaper profile from Manhattan).
Back-scratching is indeed a familiar sound on Sunday mornings, but does
it have to be so loud?