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Monday, July 24, 2017

What Are They Talking About

I don't watch the Sunday morning news programs.  They're boring interviews with people who normally just spout talking points followed by panel discussions in which pundits say exactly what you would predict they would say while trying hard to look knowledgeable.  Many times, the shows exaggerate stories to make them seem more important than they really are.

I was reminded of this last night when I happened to turn on the TV and it was set to Fox News.  The Sunday night showing of Fox News Sunday was playing and I happened to tune in just as Chris Wallace was announcing that he would now be talking to the panel after the commercial about the "White House shake up" and what it indicates about the state of the Trump presidency after six months.  Think about that for a moment.  President Trump hired a new Communications Director and the White House spokesman who has been leaving that post for at least a month resigned.  That's a change in the people who deal with the media, nothing more.  How does that constitute a "shake up"?  If a shift foreman leaves at a GM auto plant, is that a shake up at GM.  OK, for those of you who are now saying that I'm underplaying the importance of the White House communications people, what if a new head of marketing is appointed at GM; is that a shake up?  Hardly!

The point here is that not every change in personnel is a shake up.  People come and go all the time at big organizations.  No doubt, if the secret service changed to assistant who brings coffee to agents on duty (assuming there is such a person), CNN would call it a White House shake up.  Still, I expect better from Fox News. 

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