NBC’s flagship Sunday show, Meet The Press, has seen its ratings go bust as it continually props up members of the permanent political class in Washington, D.C.’s “Boomtown.” Now the show may get axed from NBC News’s lineup.
According to the New York Post, new NBC News president Deborah Turness “has been trying to figure out the future for David Gregory’s ‘Meet the Press.'” She is reportedly considering “bringing in MSNBC’s ‘Morning Joe’ team of Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski for a Sunday show, or blowing up the entire franchise and trying something completely different.”
Meet The Press, the longest-running television program which had dominated the Sunday show ratings under the late Tim Russert in the past, now regularly finishes in third place behind CBS’s Face the Nation and ABC’s This Week. Gregory has been criticized for lobbing softballs to Democrats and repeatedly having on guests from the permanent political class–like Mike Murphy and David Brooks–whose views are unreflective of a Republican party that is tilting more conservative.
The program has also received similar criticism from the left for booking the same cast of characters from the permanent political class who parrot the conventional wisdom in Washington and are not representative of the modern American left.
The show has seen its ratings hit a 21-year low. As Breitbart News reported, the nosedive started when Gregory accused 2012 Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich of racism for merely stating that the number of Americans who have had to go on food stamps has increased in President Barack Obama’s economy.