The Pardu

The Pardu
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Thursday, February 21, 2013

The Cycle, Fumbling Cupp, and A Winner With Ball




I am going to post a segment of MSNBC's Cycle. The Cycle is not a news related show that I will rush to watch each day. While I think a couple of the hosts are worthy of sitting and soaking up their dialog,  for me a couple of the four are real sleep inducers. I will spare one of the names as that level of specificity is not critical to my point in this screed.

For sake of supporting my macro posit, I offer the name of the one "so-called" conservative on the panel.   SE Cupp fits the model of the show from a number of perspectives.  She is conservative, she fits within the carefully crafted show host age demographics, and she sits across from the other woman on the panel.  A nice mix and an appropriate balance for MSNBC, eh?  The staffing model is weak!

Yes, Cupp is a major reason I do not go out of my way to watch a The Cycle. Of course, my avoidance radar failed me today for a brief time (actually two segments).  I watched a segment about the "sequester". The host was Michael Scherer, White House correspondent, TIME. The two sequester embeds below span the scope of that which I found intriguing and telling.

Segment One is a full 11:39 minute segment. Segment Two is an excerpt from the full segment and reinforces my thoughts on the most conservative host on the panel.  Viewing both segments is not necessary. Segment two embodies my point on Cupp and GOP strategy.

Segment 1. The Sequester (Full segment)

 

Segment 2. Watch Cupp's feeble lead-in (sneak attack) "gotcha" attempt.  Her motive appears to be an attempt to interject the popular GOP talking point and mantra of , "Obama's sequester", "His sequester", "the Administration's sequester".  Watch closely as the host's feeble setup moves along.  She  moves "the hook" along replete with fairly unprofessional "yeahs" as if  nudging to the attempted zinger question.  Also notice the competent correspondent answered from a perspective of knowledge and facts, thus sinking the 'bubble' of the flailing Cupp.  The planned setup squirted-out like a child's damaged water-gun. Do not forget to watch till the end of the short segment. Cupp's (non-verbal) facials tell all. "OOOPs, that did not work at all. Oh well, I get paid for this, so what".  

 

Seriously, I do not know factors related to Cupp's contract as a member of the panel, but I question MSNBC's choice of the panel's most conservative host. 

As to today's show, I offer another perspective on anbother segment. 

You simply have to watch the show closing segment (closing remarks) from Krystal Ball.  The segment is shy of four minutes, but one of the most cogent points I have heard on the network in a few days.

 

Point well stated!

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