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September 9, 2010

OLD MEDIA HABITS DIE HARD.... NBC's "Meet the Press" announced its featured guest for this weekend. It's a reminder of why the Sunday shows often make me sad.

This Sunday: Exclusive! Former Mayor of New York City Rudy Giuliani (R)

[A] growing controversy over the plans of a small town pastor to burn copies of the Quran on the anniversary of September 11th heightens tensions in Muslim communities throughout the United States. We'll have an exclusive conversation with the Mayor of New York City at the time of the attacks, Republican Rudy Giuliani.

It's been nine years since the 9/11 attacks, and it's tempting to think that the media would stop associating the attacks with the man who was mayor of New York at the time. Especially as we learned more about Giuliani's incompetence and mismanagement related to counter-terrorism, it makes sense to assume news outlets would find more credible figures to speak to every September.

But, alas, here we are again.

Giuliani knows surprisingly little about the subject he claims the most credibility on, and has nothing credible to add to a discussion about "heightened tensions in Muslim communities throughout the United States," especially since his rhetoric tends to make those tensions worse.

He's been out of office for nearly a decade; he ran a strikingly unsuccessful presidential campaign; and his consulting businesses is failing.

So why have Giuliani on?

Steve Benen 2:10 PM Permalink | Trackbacks | Comments (23)

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"So why have Giuliani on?"

Because he looks fabulous in a dress.

Posted by: Rochester on September 9, 2010 at 2:12 PM | PERMALINK

I have no idea why a show would have Rudy on. I know why Rudy is on though. The show pays him an appearance fee and he needs the money and want the publicity.

Posted by: kindness on September 9, 2010 at 2:15 PM | PERMALINK

Because he's so good at attacking Democrats, that's why.

Posted by: Bat of Moon on September 9, 2010 at 2:15 PM | PERMALINK

So why have Giuliani on?

Because John McCain was not available?

Posted by: ckelly on September 9, 2010 at 2:18 PM | PERMALINK

So why have Giuliani on?

Because it's easier than doing the job that they're supposed to be doing. You know__ journalism.


Posted by: SteveT on September 9, 2010 at 2:20 PM | PERMALINK

The show pays him an appearance fee and he needs the money and want the publicity.

Unless something has changed radically in recent years, the "appearance fees" for even national news programs are pretty small potatoes, so the latter is far more likely.

Posted by: Just Dropping By on September 9, 2010 at 2:21 PM | PERMALINK

The Beltway press subculture is all about connections, as opposed to being about journalism. There are thousands of Americans who could provide more useful commentary on the Koran burning issue than Rudy. But, he's one of the guys, and they think he's cool and famous.


Posted by: Midland on September 9, 2010 at 2:33 PM | PERMALINK

So why have Giuliani on?

The other Usual Suspects will be watching the NFL. . .

Posted by: DAY on September 9, 2010 at 2:36 PM | PERMALINK

Because on Sunday morning TV, it's still a world where Republicans rule -- even if we have to reach back to 2001 for a time when that was so.

Posted by: demtom on September 9, 2010 at 2:38 PM | PERMALINK

So why have Giuliani on?

it's journalism by Rolodex

Posted by: DAY on September 9, 2010 at 2:39 PM | PERMALINK

Why not have on someone whose opinion actually matters, like Michael Bloomberg?

Posted by: JohnC on September 9, 2010 at 2:43 PM | PERMALINK

Ah, those riveting, influential Sunday news talk shows. Steve, this reminds me of a missed anniversary acknowledgment: yesterday, Sept. 8. On that day, a Sunday, in 2002, the New York Times carried a BIG story on weapons development in Iraq. From secret national intelligence, no less. It included mention of aluminum tubes usable in manufacturing massively destructive weapons. Since it was no longer secret -- because The Times had spilled the beans -- Bush administration officials simply had to talk about it. Doing less would have been seen as irresponsible. So they fanned out on the talk shows that very morning: Vice President Dick Cheney, National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice, Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Richard Myers, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and Secretary of State Colin Powell.

My but they seemed prepared. No wonder. The administration had planted the story. Cheney summed up the crisis by saying what little time this nation had to prevent attack from Saddam.

Hardly audible was the flutter of batwings.

Posted by: Jerry Elsea on September 9, 2010 at 2:45 PM | PERMALINK

So why have Giuliani on?

Easy, the "liberal media"! Oh, wait...

Posted by: Gregory on September 9, 2010 at 2:50 PM | PERMALINK

His "Honor" will pocket some consulting fees from the Repulicun party for his efforts in helping them create the next Willie Horton (n/k/a Muslims).

Posted by: CT on September 9, 2010 at 2:55 PM | PERMALINK

Why not have on someone whose opinion actually matters, like Michael Bloomberg?

Because he's off (Republican) message, obviously.


Posted by: Gregory on September 9, 2010 at 2:58 PM | PERMALINK

His consulting business is failing? First I heard of that, but it sure gives me some grim (?) satisfaction. Anyone know more? Did Kerik have anything to do with it? I'm licking my chops with anticipation.

Posted by: celiadexter on September 9, 2010 at 3:33 PM | PERMALINK

Steve, do you know anything at all about television? Commenter DAY gets it.

The producer looks in his or her Rolodex for reconizable names to talk about the week's biggest stories.

Sure, there are no less than a quarter-million articulate English speakers who are better informed and have more interesting things to say than Rudy Giuliani. But the producer's first job is to get people to watch the show and no one has ever heard of these other people and nobody will turn on their teevee sets if the producer books them on the show.

Posted by: Quaker in a Basement on September 9, 2010 at 3:51 PM | PERMALINK

"Der Spiegel.De" has an article telling why this "pastor" whownts to burn the Koran was thrown out of Germany and why his flock is still undergoing treatment for spiritual abuse...as well as all the financial improprieties.

The circus media here is giving coverage to a Jim Jones wannabe according to Thom Hartmann. He has a flock that shrank from 80 down to 50 members and should be referred to as a cult...and not given a national stage. He wants attention and money and he and his wife are spiritual cons who make a mockery of American values. He should get no more media attention than Reverend Phelps yelling God hates fags at funerals of servicemen.

Which is about as much attention the media should be giving Giuliani who knows nothing about what he is asked to talk about...9/11, besides just being present in front of a camera on that day. Attention seekers to be ignored. Our media has become so petty, acting like whores for money and ratings without any integrity what-so-ever.

The best way to observe this 9/11 is by turning off the TV and demanding a "real" investigation into the incident that forced America to face its own hypocrisy.

Posted by: bjobotts on September 9, 2010 at 4:19 PM | PERMALINK

once you get in that "Meet the Press" rolodex they never take you out.

Posted by: Jamie on September 9, 2010 at 4:23 PM | PERMALINK

So why have Giuliani on?
Because he knows so much about Noun.. Verb...911
Hey Rudy , explain to us again why you put the emergency ops center in the WTC that had been attacked before?

Posted by: john R on September 9, 2010 at 4:52 PM | PERMALINK

"So why have Giuliani on?"

Because Republicans love and thrive on stupid?

Posted by: Schtick on September 9, 2010 at 6:35 PM | PERMALINK

So why have Giuliani on?

The same reason they have Lindsey Graham on.

They think name recognition attracts viewers. I think most of them would do better if they actually found some interesting, informed people.

Posted by: Acharn on September 10, 2010 at 6:44 AM | PERMALINK

Guiliani
Well, from an historical perspective, it makes sense to have the guy who was "the Nation's Mayor" on to reminisce about Our Most Sacred Day (© The Republican Party).

Even NPR is giving air time to people Who Were There, to once again rehash their moldy stories.

C'mon, people! It's The Anniversary! We've got to re-live it again! And next year, it'll be even bigger because it's The Ten Year Anniversary! And we'll just keep celebrating it, year after year, decade after decade, until this country finally grows up and realizes that bad things happen to everyone, but that eventually, you get over it.

Posted by: zandru on September 10, 2010 at 9:21 AM | PERMALINK




 

 

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