“Christ, what an imagination I've got“ Edition.
America's Sweetheart Chuck Todd gave noted healthcare con man Avik Roy access to vast and influential audience.
This happens often enough that one might assume Chuck Todd --
-- is deeply concerned about people who don't sling bullshit for a living being over-represented on his show. Well I am here to tell you not to worry your purdy head, Chuck Todd: I have absolute faith that your Meet the Press panels will never suffer from an overabundance of honest brokers and tellers of truth.
And since high-powered, high-dollar operation like Meet the Press are clearly 100% cool with rolling on cracked retreads like Mr. Roy week after week, I see no reason why a dime-store nobody like me should go to all the trouble of recapitulation the internet's objections to Mr. Roy when I have a perfectly good archive available for plunder.
So let's let July, 2014 driftglass do the heavy lifting!
Anyway, one of the small and comically bizarre juxtapositions that routinely transpires under the capacious wings of the NBC peacock happens when someone on The MSNBC reports something which lays waste to the credibility of the same person who, three floors away, is being feted as Credible and Serious at by some establishmentarian testicle cozy at The NBC.Of course the most famous examples of corporate media cogitative dissonance come every year when the Neocons are in bloom and one, teeny tiny division of the NBC corporation takes it upon itself to flay unindicted war criminals and bloodthirsty lunatics like, say, Paul Wolfowtiz, while other divisions of the same corporation dutifully fellate them, but it happens all the time.Like, for example, the case of Avik Roy.Mounted handsomely in the rolling disaster that is the Meet the Press video cavalcade, we find Mr. Roy being given a MTP Credibility Tuck-and-Roll: reputations reupholstered while you wait, in this case by pairing him off with actual heath care expert, Howard Dean, and calling the exchange a "debate" under the imprimatur of "NBC News".
The problem?Avik Roy is notorious for just making shit up to score political points.And how do we know this?Well it was kinda all over the internet, and most of the links and analysis were collated and reported by Steve Benen at MSNBC back in 2013:Avik Roy and the wonk gapBy Steve Benen
America's Sweetheart Chuck Todd also gave Piyush "Jim Bob" Jindal (that "battered bit of old presidential timber presently warping out behind the bait shoppe") an opportunity to dribble a basketball on his face.Mr. Benen concludes that "[c]redible policy debates are rendered impossible, not because of the chasm between the two sides, but because only one side places a value on facts, evidence, and reason."I would only add that credible policy debates will remain impossible as long as the credibility of people like Mr. Roy continue to be propped up by Mr. Benen's parent company.
And Jim Bob took it to the hole! (h/t Heather at Crooks and Liars)
Finally, Senate-never-been and Destroyer of Companies, Carly Fiorina, proves that if you're in The Club and willing to flash a little 2016 leg, Chuck Todd'll definitely ask you over to Luke Russert's parent's basement for a sloppy round of Seven Minutes in Chris Matthews' Idea of Heaven:
Oh, ouch. Ouch. Carly Fiorina, before I let you go, how serious are you about running for president?
That'll be something I consider at the right time.
So are you considering?
Well, when people ask you over and over again, you have to pause and reflect. So I'll pause and reflect at the right time.
Bathed in his currents of liquid helium, self-contained, immobile, vastly well informed by every mechanical sense: Shalmaneser.
Every now and again there passes through his circuits a pulse which carries the cybernetic equivalent of the phrase, “Christ, what an imagination I’ve got.“