I watch three news shows on Sunday Morning – Face the Nation, Meet the Press and, my favorite, The Global Public Square.
I record all of them because here in Hawaii they tend to come on the air at ungodly morning hours. Those who know me well know that anything before noon is ungodly to me, but I can tolerate 9:00 o’clock much of the time. By then, with one exception, they are all done.
This morning I was in a comparative mood as I watched David Gregory of Meet the Press, and Bob Schieffer of Face the Nation.
Over at CBS, Bob Schieffer is an old guy and thus a bit more conservative and seasoned. He does his homework and sticks to the facts as he has discovered them. Of course he misses some of the time like humans will, but mostly he is solid. He interviews his guests the old-fashioned way sitting opposite one another across a desk.
Over on NBC, David Gregory is more flamboyant. He is much younger than Schieffer and he has a hip and happy set where he flits from place to place talking to one and all. They are grouped in convenient pods hopefully for more discussion I presume. He too does his homework, probably as well as Schieffer. His questions show good research but they seem to me to be not as hard and thorough as Schieffer’s. He tries to be a showman more than a news-person and it shows.
Thus less news comes forth in an hour on NBC than in a half hour on CBS. NBC needs to get back to the news that informs rather than trying to be hip.