Thursday, April 17, 2008

Democratic Debate

I don't know if you watched the ABC Democratic debate last night [which may be the last one as they haven't agreed on a North Carolina debate] but if you didn't, this is all you need to know:

The boyish [George] Stephanopoulos, who has done wonders with the network's Sunday morning hour, "This Week" (as, indeed, has Gibson with the nightly "World News"), looked like an overly ambitious intern helping out at a subcommittee hearing, digging through notes for something smart-alecky and slimy. He came up with such tired tripe as a charge that Obama once associated with a nutty bomb-throwing anarchist. That was "40 years ago, when I was 8 years old," Obama said with exasperation.
If you happen to listen to The Tony Kornheiser Show online or through iPod podcasts, you know Tom Shales [the author of the above article] as the author of some of the best critical essays ever written reviewing Kathie Lee Gifford's annual Christmas specials. He takes on Kathie Lee again as she returns to morning TV here.