There are times I am baffled to the point that I have no way to even in the remotest way rationalize the opposing side. That is the case with the latest flap over the Republican Party blustering about not dealing with NBC or CNN with presidential debates since the networks plan to air either entertainment programming or a documentary on Hillary Clinton.
Today Chuck Todd, one of my favorites on MSNBC, spoke about the issue and he underscored my concerns with those Americans who seem disconnected from reality.
Discussing the separation between NBC News and NBC Entertainment, which is behind the miniseries, on ‘Morning Joe,’ Todd lamented that even some well-informed people don’t understand the wall that exists … ‘This is why this mini-series is a total nightmare for NBC News … We know there’s this giant firewall, we know we have nothing to do with it, we know that we’d love probably to be as critical or whatever … But there’s nothing we can do about it, and we’re going to only own the negative … People are going to see the peacock, and they see NBC, and they see NBC News, and they think, ‘Well, they can’t be that separate.’ … The two entities are sometimes at war with each other … I can’t tell you how many fights we’ve had internally about whether to cover … some live news event and those … guys on the West Coast, they want to … run some rerun of ‘Parks and Recreation’ or whatever, because they’ll make money. … Actually, please, NBC Entertainment, can you please make some money? … Thank God for all of the cable channels, right?’
In other words this nation has too many idiots who have no idea how the news division of a television network operates. And equally do not care to be informed.
I would then have to assume these same people would not know there is a huge divide between the reporters who write front page newspaper articles, and the others at the paper who write the editorial page.
It continually perplexes me how the lowest common denominator has a way of inserting itself into our lives and creating such an uproar. Sadly to many of my fellow citizens fall into that camp.