Wednesday, February 02, 2005

We're changing our name to "SpinKillHardThrust": The big news in the talking head game is that Tucker Carlson has landed safely (phewww) at MSNBC. Yes, the one-time "Crossfire" co-host, who was ridiculed (rightfully and unmercifully) by John Stewart, is going to head up a new show right after Joe Scarborough's. Yes, it's back-to-back conservative shouting and mocking!

No word on what Carlson will call his show, but it's guaranteed to fit one of two molds: It will have his name and then some pseudo-journalistic tag or alliterative device like "The Carlson Files" (a la "The O'Reilly Factor" - which has its own sub-title of the "No Spin Zone") or "Tucker Tonight".

Alternatively, he'll have to go with a one or two syllable hostile-sounding title which indicates that on HIS show, there will be nothing but hard-hitting questions and no-nonsense analysis like "Countdown", "Crossfire", "Hardball", "SquawkBox" or "Bullseye".

Sure he could go with the populist choice like "Common Sense" (FOX) or maybe scary/official, like "On the Record" (FOX again), but that doesn't seem to fit his bow-tie-wearing ways.

Here's hoping that no matter what he calls his show, he has Stewart on real soon, and that it's off the air within six months.


enobarbus said...

Sure, Carlson's as much of a stuffed shirt as the next cable loudmouth, but I think he's still behind Stewart in the Self-love Stakes. Stewart seems to regard himself in much the way his predecessor Craig Kilborn pretended to.

And, as I've said before, Stewart is just not funny. I don't mean straight-faced, is-this-thing-on? unfunny, but painfully, acutely unfunny. Watching him gives me that yucky quick-change-the-channel feeling you get when the "situation" in a typical situation comedy is approaching its embarrassing, shameful denouement.

Razor said...

I disagree. I find him funny not just on his show, but in his stand up and in interviews, etc. Yes, he can be self-involved, but that hardly separates him from the pack of wolves that run across our t.v. screens.

However, in the particular case of his appearance on "Crossfire", I think he was dead on. Each side just acted as cheerleader for its party and rarely offered any reasoned analysis. It wasn't so much cross-fire, as two skeet shooters firing at their own targets, parallel to one another, then looking over to his partner and saying: "How'd you like that shot?"