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Friday, December 11, 2009

ABC officially announced that George Stephanopoulos will replace Diane Sawyer on "Good Morning America". That means he will no longer host his Sunday morning political talk show, "This Week". But what influence do the Sunday mornings shows have outside of media and political circles anyway? NPR's David Folkenflik and Ana Marie Cox, national correspondent for Air America, offer their analysis.

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Ana Marie Cox and David Folkenflik

Comments [25]

baroquely rabb from manhattan

slightly surprised at the serious treatment this subject received. yes, you do acknowledge that this is a small, very particular crowd of political mavens both as viewers and participants. But, in broader view, Stephanopoulos et. al., though especially Stephanopoulos represents central casting for ad dollars. He's a cutie in this media soap opera. Can't be mad at that. We demand it and Marshall Mcluhan called us on it a long time ago. In this case, tv also remains racial ( I won't say and don't mean racist) when you must still cast a boyish white guy, a blonde white woman, to please a largely white audience that would immediately bolt from another face. We're locked in a reduce (content) reuse (players) recycle (news). Thankful that Salon doesn't miss the sham we're making so serious: http://bit.ly/453AdJ, not a minority beacon.

Dec. 11 2009 12:49 PM
bob from huntington

sunday morning is time for leisurely breakfasts over the sunday times while listening to "sunday morning baroque" on public radio station WSHU in connecticut.
sorry, city dwellers; their signal doesn't reach you, just as the new WQXR's signal no longer reaches us on LI.

Dec. 11 2009 11:47 AM
Katie Kennedy from Huntington, NY

Brian, YOOU should replace George.

Dec. 11 2009 11:46 AM
John from Bergen County NJ

I record This Week each week. I am at church while it airs.
While I enjoy the guests sometimes, and the matching in the round table - there is the george, cokie, Sam and Donna old school and then there are the newer faces the cheney/noonan vs van den heuval and Frank Rich or Studio 360 host kurt anderson.
I really watch for in memorium and the Sunday Funnies.
I occasionally save a week for reviewing but I see it again on line.
I watch the ages of the soldiers who died. A few are just 2 years older than our 17 year-old daughter. A few are even my age.
It is a valuable weekly reminder that our fellow Americans are in harms way and not coming home alive.

Dec. 11 2009 11:46 AM
snoop from Brooklyn

GS was popular inside the beltway because he was a political player, not an intellectual player.

I agree with RCT #13: Where is the challenge in going on a Sunday talk show anymore? You can just read talking points and nobody will challenge you.

Dec. 11 2009 11:39 AM
Michael Zullo from Upper Eastside, Manhattan

Except for FOX, I tune in to the Sunday TV morning shows. The debates are good and offer more coverage to the issue. I'll miss George Stephanopoulos.

Dec. 11 2009 11:39 AM
Teresa from New York

Must say, can't stand Ana Marie Cox. No wonder she's not on the Sunday shows- she's incredibly smug and like so many "young" journalists today who feel the need to relate every news topic to their own lives or resumes.

Dec. 11 2009 11:38 AM
Matt from Milwaukee

Oh yeah, and Brian Lehrer would be dope!

Dec. 11 2009 11:38 AM
Dan from Brooklyn Heights

Sunday shows are of a bygone era. The 24 hour news cycle has now pushed us beyond the days of the week. Take out the trash day is now everyday of the week, we are overwhelmed by our daily intake of information.

Dec. 11 2009 11:38 AM
Matt from Milwaukee

Why doesn't Naomi Klein have a show already? Amy Goodman should get better positioning too!

Dec. 11 2009 11:36 AM
snoop from Brooklyn

GS didn't have the intellectual gravitas to take on Sunday morning. I miss Tim Russert. There are no other Sunday morning folks who have what it takes to actually do serious interviews.

Why did Edwards announce on the Daily Show? Because, in spite of the clear bias that Stewart has, he asks intelligent questions and follows up... unlike what happens on Sunday morning.

Dec. 11 2009 11:35 AM
robert from ny

I podcast them also. Usually faze out when politicians are interviewed because they r so predictable and scripted.
Roundtable is always interesting and fun!!
I nominate Brian Lehrer or Jon Stewart to replace GS.
Charlie Rose is a longshot!!

Dec. 11 2009 11:35 AM
RCT from NYC

My husband and I watched Russert each week, postponing our Sunday shopping or excursions until after "Meet the Press." We think that Stephanopoulos is an airhead -- never asks tough questions, wants to be an "insider" -- and that Gregory is -- to say the least -- no Tim Russert. Gregory's questions are two levels deep, whereas Russert's were ten. He has no grasp of the issues; he's an entertainer, not a reporter.

Can't we have investigative reporters as hosts of the Sunday shows? Russert was a lawyer who literally deposed guests each week. The shows are now boring and uninformative.

Dec. 11 2009 11:34 AM
artista from greenpoint

I don't have 5 minutes to waste on these boring, predictable, pre-programmed talking heads. A terrible format for any kind of rational discussion, and of course as FAIR has repeatedly shown, always biased heavily toward the right, toward beltway punditry, and completely ignoring everything beyond that...
it's an in-house conversation for the beltway media and the teabagger 'opposition,' with a few token outliers.

Dec. 11 2009 11:34 AM
mozo from nyc

Watching some of these Sunday shows is a lot like wathching hyenas on laughing gas.

Dec. 11 2009 11:34 AM
Katie Kennedy from Huntington, NY

I cannot believe George Stephanopoulis would leave an interesting, thought provoking show like "This Week" to host an airhead show like "Good Morning America." Will George now be chatting it up with the likes of the "balloon boy" and other such non-stories? I'm so depressed.
Katie

Dec. 11 2009 11:34 AM
Ana from Summit, NJ

I used to watch Meet the Press every Sunday....not anymore: I can't stand David Gregory. Now I watch CBS. Always civilized.

Dec. 11 2009 11:33 AM
Jennifer Hickey from Flushing, Queens

These shows are irrelevant, especially for young people (I'm 38). It's all group think. If you want insightful political commentary, I turn to the Daily Show or the Cobert report.

Dec. 11 2009 11:33 AM
Jacob

And.. one more thing... I would like to see more policy discussed rather than the politics of something.

Dec. 11 2009 11:33 AM
Jacob

I don't watch them. I learn nothing from them. It seems to be designed for a very narrow audience of Washington Insiders.

I prefer to watch NFL pre-game, read a book or watch any of the shows I recorded for the week.

Dec. 11 2009 11:31 AM
Tom from Toronto

Yes Virginia, there is a God.

To have Stephanopolous banished to the banality of monday morning variety shows is too good to be true. The fact that he will have to get up at 3am every weekday is a bonus.

Thank you thank you thank you.

Dec. 11 2009 11:31 AM
plp

I agree with hjs, I podcast them (no tv), that being said I think that moving GS is a mistake on abc's part, unless he's tired of it.

Dec. 11 2009 11:29 AM
Anon from Staten Island

Sawyer should have remained at GMA and Stephanopoulos should relpace Gibson. I simply can't see Sawyer as the evening anchor.

Dec. 11 2009 11:28 AM
gowanus from nyc

it's not about influence it's about getting a borad perspective and yes, I'm talking about FOX b/c they usually seat not one but 2 - readem TWO - NPR correspondents and they are in general excellent in bringing the broad perspective thank you Juan and Mara of NPR:)

Dec. 11 2009 11:26 AM
hjs from 11211

i watch most of the sunday shows (not fox) but to be honest there's no reason. they all say the same things. i guess i just need to hear it 5 times before it sinks in.

Dec. 11 2009 11:16 AM

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