NBC reportedly tried to lure left-wing comedian Jon Stewart to host “Meet the Press.”
According to a report in New York magazine, before giving the job to Chuck Todd, whom many saw as the rightful heir to the late Tim Russert, “NBC News president Deborah Turness held negotiations with Jon Stewart about hosting Meet the Press,” and the network reportedly offered Stewart “virtually anything” and “were ready to back the Brink’s truck up.”
Stewart, a rabid left-wing ideologue, is only funny to liberals who find “Pajama Boy” endearing. His schtick rarely works with without extensive–and deceptive–edits, which would not make him effective on a program that the late Russert made venerable and was once the gold standard among Sunday morning talk shows. And NBC’s courtship of Stewart may indicate that some of the network’s executives no longer even care about objectivity in the pursuit of cheap ratings.
Todd Tweeted the perfect response once the news hit Twitter on Wednesday afternoon. (Why would NBC leak that information as Todd approaches his one-month anniversary as the show’s host?)
If it’s Sunday, it’s your moment of zen.
— Chuck Todd (@chucktodd) October 8, 2014