Talking Head Primetime Invades Daytime: Chapter 4…

Real Clear Politics has video of MSNBC’s Tamron Hall losing it when someone points out her network’s “obsession” with Rush Limbaugh. There are ways to handle the baiting from the pundit from the Right. Mixing it up with him is not one of them. Bringing up Keith Olbermann, someone not known for news but partisan opinion, is not a good retort either. Is Hall angling for a primetime show?

But then what do you expect? You toss a match on gasoline you get an explosion. You do opinion and talking heads instead of news, you get shouting matches. And this doesn’t just apply to MSNBC…

9 Responses to “Talking Head Primetime Invades Daytime: Chapter 4…”

  1. joeremi Says:

    Loudmouth got sucked right in. As long as Rush is making news, cablers have a right to report it. She shouldn’t have been defensive about it. But it’s Tamron “just keep talking real loud” Hall. She can’t help herself.

  2. chipsohio Says:

    Unfortunately, this trend with hosts losing their objectivity & control with guests is pretty standard these days. Tamron, needs to go back & retake the class where you do not argue with a guest.

  3. stevemg Says:

    Opinion or news, reporting or analysis, all of these people on cable apparently now believe they can say and do whatever they want. Just wing it. On MSNBC, Fox, CNN, all of them. No lines anymore.

    There are simply no standards – no separation of church and state as the saying goes (or used to) – between editorializing and reporting.

    What a mess.

  4. stevemg Says:

    Speaking of which, what exactly is Megyn Kelly? A reporter? Commentator? Analyst?

    I’ve seen her reading news, interviewing people, giving legal analysis, opining, yelling…

  5. chipsohio Says:

    Steve…agree with you re: Megyn & all the rest of them including David Shuster, Shep Smith, Wolf Blitzer, Ed Shultz, Glenn Beck, Chris (I feel a tingle up my leg) Mathews, & Lou Dobbs. To me, opinion shows start @ 8pm.

    Perhaps all of them need to go back to Remedial News Reading 101.

  6. joeremi Says:

    Chips, I don’t think Schultz and Beck belong on your list. They’ve never done anything but opinion. Megyn is the biggest mystery to me. She routinely editorializes in the middle of a regular news segment. The trick, which seems to be a Fox staple, is to ask an unanswerable question. The Daily Show played one last night showing her asking if Obama through America under the bus in Cairo (can’t remember the exact quote). I don’t mind Anchors asking questions of their guests, but just staring at the screen and throwing up a hypothetical is lazy editorializing.

  7. bigred08 Says:

    Tamron Hall made a complete a$$ out of herself.

    The funniest line: “We like to report both sides….”

    And then trying to argue, about Limbaugh comparing Obama to Al Qaeda, and using Keith Olbermann as a defense.

    I guess Hall missed the episodes of Countdown when Olbermann called Republicans terrorists, said they’re worse than Al Qaeda, said FOX is worse than Al Qaeda, and FOX is worse than the KKK.

    So much for reporting “both sides”

  8. chipsohio Says:

    Joe, I agree with your point however my complaint is that opinion shows “should” be in the evenings (8-11pm). Truth be told, I find myself jumping around quite a bit lately because I’m just not a big fan of Beck…Schultz bores me to death…and everytime I watch Matthews I keep getting reminded about his “tingling” issue. 😉

    With regards to Megyn Kelly, I’m wondering whether or not she’s having a difficult time transitioning between anchor & commentator. I used to think David Shuster had the same problem until I realized he’s just a SOB/PITA for which there is no known cure.

    I don’t really like this trend too much as many of the anchors (MSNBC, CNN, & Fox) have now transitioned themselves into “anchornator”.

    I’m starting to get used to Bret Baier however I’m finding myself watching more of the History Channel, Discovery Channel, etc… between 5-7pm (until Shep Smith is on).

  9. joeremi Says:

    Agreed about Shuster. Now he’s paired with The Shoutster, Tamron Hall. That’ll send anybody to the Discovery Channel…or, gulp, Unique Whips on SPEED (shiver).

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