This would have been a crowdpleaser, I guess

Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert

Pretty interesting. But I’d rather have John Oliver, who doesn’t play the “both sides do” schtick that Stewart does — and is actually angry over what the oligarchs do to people:

This Sunday marks Chuck Todd’s one-month anniversary in the anchor chair at Meet the Press. Despite an opening-week ratings spike from his exclusive sit-down interview with President Obama, the Todd-helmed show has settled back into third place behind ABC’s This Week and CBS’s Face the Nation. This has been frustrating to NBC News executives, who at one point had considered going in a radically different direction with the show.

Before choosing Todd, NBC News president Deborah Turness held negotiations with Jon Stewart about hosting Meet the Press, according to three senior television sources with knowledge of the talks. One source explained that NBC was prepared to offer Stewart virtually “anything” to bring him over. “They were ready to back the Brink’s truck up,” the source said. A spokesperson for NBC declined to comment. James Dixon, Stewart’s agent, did not respond to multiple requests for comment.

It makes sense that NBC would make a run at Stewart. The comedian-cum-media-critic possesses something that broadcast executives covet: a loyal, young audience. And it’s not the first time NBC tried recruiting him. According to sources, NBC Entertainment courted Stewart several years ago for a 10 p.m. variety show (the slot ultimately went to Jay Leno). This April, CBS announced Stewart’s Comedy Central colleague Stephen Colbert will replace David Letterman next year.

3 thoughts on “This would have been a crowdpleaser, I guess

  1. Stewart is a comedian and a part time ironic satirist. That NBC would try to ‘buy’ him to replace Gregory shows just how corrupt NBC is. We know that Joe Scarborough of NBC is a sorry excuse for a human being. Just today he said “If everybody (warmongers) around you is telling you that you’re wrong, Mr. President, then you’re wrong.” The ironic part is that Mr. Obama could very well be the only guy around that’s right and even correct concerning foreign policy. Or at least more correct than the warmongering Republicans, Clintonites and Zionists are. Stewart could not have reported the preceding with a straight face and without cracking a joke. Bernie Sanders/Alan Grayson 2016. (Elizabeth Warren can be the Majority Leader of the Senate if we can get rid of enough incumbents between now and then.)

  2. Right on – your comment reg JS’ schtick. He also has flubbed interviews at times – with General Betrayus, King Playstation of Jordan [as the superb prof who blogs at Angry Arab calls him], fascist darling Michelle Rhee etc. John Oliver is way ahead and pulls no punches.

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