One of These Things is Just Like the Others….Viewers tuning in to cable news coverage of the second night of the GOP Convention may be hard-pressed at times to find a panel that includes anyone who could fairly be described as left of center. On MSNBC right now, Chris Matthews’ “Hardball” line-up consists of Andrea Mitchell, Jon Meacham, J.C. Watts, and Joe Scarborough. Journalist, journalist, conservative, conservative.
Over on CNN’s “Larry King”, former Sen. George Mitchell is outgunned by the dynamic Dole duo and Bob Woodward, who has been offering up pablum all night. And of course, on the Fox News Channel, most guests run the ideological gamut from Mary Matalin to Karen Hughes (although I should note that at the moment, Charlie Rangel is pretty much handing Sean Hannity his hat…)
Oh, wait, wait…now Larry has added Karen Hughes to his panel, as well, giving poor George Mitchell yet another conservative sparring partner.
Our friends at Media Matters have more, including a running tally of the amount of airtime Fox News is devoting to the Republican Convention versus what they alloted for the Democrats in Boston.
Viewers hungry for a little balance will have to point their remotes toward PBS, which is where I was parked until assigned to follow the cable news coverage. Mark Shields and David Brooks wrapped up a cordial, but vigorous, debate earlier this evening before Andy Kohut appeared for some nonpartisan polling analysis.