I have been meaning to write a big piece about
For more than a year before Chris Licht was lured away from
But what a difference 100 days and Licht have made. I know the ratings growth has been marginal so far, but hardly a day goes by that it doesn't make news with one of its absolutely-on-top-of-what's-happening interviews -- often by Charlie Rose.
The effort by "This Morning" the day after
As I wrote at the time in response to ABC high-fiving itself over the "scoop" interview:
... ABC News did little more than allow itself to be used by the
The CBS "This Morning" show interviewed Max Mutchnick, co-creator of "Will & Grace." During that conversation, Mutchnick said he was at a "private function" in Los Angeles two weeks before Vice President
The conventional wisdom all week among political analysts has been that Biden's off-the-cuff remarks last Sunday on "Meet the Press" forced Obama into making a statement on the matter three days later with Roberts. Read a textbook version of Bloomberg News swallowing this spinand then recycling it here.
But what Mutchnick heard and saw two weeks earlier in Los Angeles, particularly with someone from the White House recording Biden's Hollywood encounter at the "private function," led him to believe the statements by Biden and Obama were "very choreographed." Mutchnick uses the perfectly apt show biz metaphor of an out of town tryout for what the administration did with Biden in Los Angeles where he said "verbatim" what he later said on "Meet the Press."
What Mutchnick says is important, because, at the very least, it makes you question Obama presenting his support for same-sex marriage as a moment of pure conscience. It also makes you question the White House account of Biden "apologizing" to Obama for his "Meet the Press" remarks. And what about the tape of the Los Angeles tryout? Was that used for focus groups on to see how the public -- or, perhaps, fund raising audiences -- might respond to the president supporting same-sex marriage?
Everyone on the Web from Politico to the
But almost every day, Rose, Gayle King or Erica Hill are making news with likes of Cardinal
I see at least one of my so-called colleagues questioning Friday's celebration of 100 days by the team at 'This Morning.' I also see the fingerprints of a publicist at a competing news organization all over that post.
I am writing this on a holiday weekend because I am so angry about that kind of sleazy behavior by some members of the network/cable PR community and readiness by my colleagues to play along with that dirty, lazy game.
Executive producer Chris Licht and CBS News have planted a flag for responsible, intelligent news, information and conversation in morning network television. In the last week alone, I have heard unsolicited praise for what CBS is serving up in the morning from a famed
I was one of the folks who wondered about the choice of the 70-year-old Rose to lead the new CBS News morning effort. But he has brought newsmakers to CBS mornings that they would otherwise never get for interviews. He's also brought credibility and respect.