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March 20, 2014 12:55 PM Meet Face Week

By Ed Kilgore

I’m sure all of you are excited to learn, via Politico’s Dylan Byers, that in the exciting Sunday Show viewer competition, the once-ascendant NBC Meet the Press dropped into a “distant third” last week behind CBS’ Face the Nation and ABC’s This Week. The NBC show’s ratings, in fact, were “perilously close to an all-time low for 2014.”

Will heads roll at 30 Rock?

I dunno, but to me the most amusing and revealing aspect of Byers’ update on the Sunday Show horse-race was his use of abbreviations for the shows’ brief names. Meet the Press becomes “Meet;” Face the Nation is “Face;” and This Week is “Week” (not, for some reason, “This”). I recall once asking a colleague for some ideas for a satirical piece on “Ten Phrases That Tell People You Are a Washington Insider,” and he told me about “Meet,” but I didn’t know the usage had metastasized to all the Sunday Shows. But that’s how they roll in “This Town.”

Ed Kilgore is a contributing writer to the Washington Monthly. He is managing editor for The Democratic Strategist and a senior fellow at the Progressive Policy Institute. Find him on Twitter: @ed_kilgore.


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