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.


  • 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.

    By Blogger enobarbus, at 11:15 AM  

  • 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?"

    By Blogger Razor, at 1:46 PM  

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