I completely understand working people’s fascination with holidays. Every day is a holiday for me, and the enjoyment never gets old. And, I understand TV hosts are working people, too, and want their holidays as much as anyone.
What I object to is the subterfuge—pretending they are there on the set, just as always, discussing the latest on financials or other catastrophes around the world. But as we watch, we slowly realize they are speaking in generalities rather than the hard-hitting, news-of-the-day slant they usually project. Wait a minute! They are not there at all. They recorded this days before and are probably dozing on a beach somewhere. Do they think we will not notice? Do they think we are stupid?
Jim Cramer is guilty of this. I understand his program is highly personal and he would be hard to temporarily replace, but couldn’t his producers put a little notice in the corner, “Recorded . . .when?” Yesterday? A year ago? We’re adults. We can handle the truth.
Larry Kudlow, whose program follows Cramer’s, also has a strong personality and is hard to replace, but at least his producer tries. Yes, there are fumbles. Microphones unplug, the camera switches to someone combing their hair, a guest says something totally bizarre. But we know it is real.
Friday, just before this Memorial Day weekend, I noticed one of my favorites, PBS’s Gwen Ifill, was speaking in generalities, and smiling all the while. Where the heck are you, Gwen? Really. The world situation is changing rapidly, and we need to know.
Come on, people! Most of your comments are lamenting the mendacity of public figures. Listen to yourselves. Stay honest.
Phew! Got that off my chest. Now I feel better.