Tarheeltalker

ABC Evening News Or Obama Evening News?

Synergy is a great thing, is it not? The Merriam-Webster online dictionary defines it as  a combined action or operation or “a mutually advantageous  conjunction or compatibility of distinct business  participants or elements” . That sounds just about right for the event scheduled for June 24 when as Drudge puts it, the media and government become one. Yes folks, on that night ABC will broadcast its evening news live from the  Blue Room of the White House. Yes, our friend Charles Gibson has now one upped Brian Williams who just did  a measly interview wth President Obama.

And, there is more to follow. The same night, the network will broadcast a live special from the East Room entitled Prescription for America. The program will  supposedly exclude those who are opposed to government run health care. ABC says not to worry. According to ABC vice -president Kerry Smith, the network will have full editorial control of the program and will choose the most thoughtful an diverse voices on the issue. Sure they will.

These two evebts lend credence to a statement Rush made on March 26 when he began referring to the state-run media.  My main question though  is what is CBS going to do to top this? How about a new reality show, Obama’s Washington? Maybe they could have  a new quiz show with a selection of White House staffers talking about how to avoid  paying income tax? Ideas? The possibilities are endless.

Oh, one thing I forgot to mention. Linda Douglass is Director of Communications at the White House Office of Health Reform. ( Wonder how all that fits on a business card? ) Ms Douglass was  a reporter  for ABC News from 1998-2006. Isn’t it great when a plan comes together?

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June 16, 2009 - Posted by | Media, Politics | , , , , , , , , , , ,

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  1. “The program will supposedly exclude those who are opposed to government run health care.”

    What I had read (somewhere, I don’t remember where) is that the GOP had demanded that GOP elected officials be allowed an opportunity to present their side, which ABC rejected… and I think they have that right. But your post got me to digging, and the story doesn’t seem as nefarious as thought.

    The ‘Primetime’ special is called “Questions for the President: Prescription for America” and ABC wil be presenting viewer questions that are submitted via the Internet and from a live audience:

    “During the discussion from the East Room of the White House, President Obama will answer questions from an audience made up of Americans selected by ABC News who have divergent opinions in this historic debate. ABC News’ Medical Editor Dr. Timothy Johnson will also take part in the conversation which will focus on different ideas for how to fix the system and how proposed changes will impact our already fragile economy….

    “ABCNews.com will invite viewers to join the discussion and share their questions about health care reform at ABCNews.com/Politics starting Tuesday, June 16th. ABCNews.com will be working with Digg.com to select popular questions voted on by online users and some of those questions will be put to President Obama during the program. ABC News’ daily political webcast, “Top Line”, will focus on health care reform throughout the week of June 22. ABCNews.com senior political reporter and author of the Note, Rick Klein, will live-blog and interact with users as the forum airs and full video coverage of the forum will be posted online. A special section of ABCNews.com/Politics dedicated to the health care debate will offer comprehensive coverage of the forum and will continue as legislation is taken up in Congress.”

    That’s not exactly “state-run media” no matter what the Lord and Master of the Universe (a.k.a. Rushbo) says.

    And as for an ex-ABC news reporter being a communications director in the White House, it’s not all that uncommon. Reporters tend to know how to handle reporters… and nobody seemed to mind all that much when Tony Snow jumped from the Fox News newsdesk to be Dubya’s press secretary.

    Comment by larrys | June 16, 2009 | Reply

  2. Good point on tony Snow, I had forgotten that. What do you think about the evening news being televised live from the White House. Wonder if that has been done before?

    Comment by tarheeltalker | June 16, 2009 | Reply

    • It’s a ratings gimmick, that’s all. ABC saw that NBC got ratings with the Brian William but, so ABC is trying to one-up them. And if you believe that the networks are already in the bag for Obama, then what difference would it make where the broadcasts comes from?

      Comment by larrys | June 17, 2009 | Reply

  3. Well, it’s over and done with, and I didn’t think it was al that one-sided… although I didn’t get to watch the end of it on “Nightline”, because our local ABC affiiate thinks it’s more important to show reruns of “King of the Hill” rather than “Nightline”.

    The questions were often polite, but pointed, and the audience certainly wasn’t a bunch of stooges wheeled in for the event, a la Bush. Two of the questioners were the head of the AMA and the head of the Medicare program during the Bush administration.

    I’m obviously an Obama supporter, but I honestly thought he showed guts in trying this true town-hall format. It’s a complicated issue that merits open discussion.

    Comment by larrys | June 25, 2009 | Reply


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