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Below are the 6 most recent journal entries recorded in West Wing Topics: Debate the Issues' LiveJournal:

Friday, April 13th, 2012
3:01 am
"Obama says Air Force One travel is 'not my choice'’ in sharp exchange"

The story is from an interview President Obama gave to Larry Conners, anchorman at KMOV-TV, the CBS affiliate here in St. Louis. Mr. Conners has had a long career (over twenty-five years) in local television journalism; before this he worked at then-ABC affiliate KTVI, and before that he was best known as one of the reporters who busted the Chicken Ranch brothel, the story which became the movie The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas. Mr. Connors has always been a politically conservative newsman, a trait he mostly keeps quiet but which occasionally bursts out as it did this evening. He did a series of promos for his "exclusive" interview, where he asked no questions you wouldn't find on the Fox News Channel, including a gripe about Presidential vacations which ignored the vastly greater number and length of trips to Crawford Ranch by George W. Bush.

What really got me was the amazing way he channeled the late Ted Knight's character Ted Baxter from The Mary Tyler Moore Show. For a newsman as experienced as he, he simply had no idea of how he appeared on the screen as he trumpeted his two-question interview. I haven't seen so many Ted Baxterisms since the late George Putnam served as Mr. Knight's model for a pompous, loud newsman. I kept thinking of the episode in which Baxter got temporary White House credentials and practiced his revealing, hard-hitting questions such as "Mr. Secretary of State, do you sleep in the nude?"

Mr. Conners' exchange with the President was not sharp, it was a waste of the most coveted item in Washington, time with the President. (Witness the story on The West Wing in which the Domestic Policy Adviser, Toby Ziegler, had to ask for the first two minutes available in President Bartlet's schedule.)

I have never been more ashamed of a local reporter, particularly a man with enough lifetime career experience to know better.

Current Mood: disappointed
Sunday, November 6th, 2005
5:15 pm
Oh, My...!
It's only one-fourth over and it's obvious: come 2008 we need to force this episode of The West Wing down the candidates' throats, and tell them they won't get our votes unless they debate this way!


Current Mood: impressed
Thursday, January 20th, 2005
1:08 pm
"Inauguration: Part 1" was the 12pm episode on Bravo today. So I watched that instead of the actual inauguration taking place; it was less painful that way.

Among other thoughts that popped up during the episode was one concerning foreign policy. If you don't recall, Will reads a speech that Bartlet wrote years ago while he was in Congress, and from the speech Will starts to draft a new policy: Bartlet says it best...Collapse )

I liked the idea that Will puts out. And I guess I agree with it. But I didn't notice until today that in some ways it bears resemblance to Bush's policy, which I dislike. Now I'm not so sure if I dislike it because of Bush, or because of what it actually says, or because of Iraq gone wrong. Anyone's thoughts?

Current Mood: annoyed
Friday, November 26th, 2004
5:14 pm
Do you think that there would be so many people so deeply dissatisfied with the way the country is being run currently if there wasn't such a stellar example of what American politics should be on every Wednesday night?

Current Mood: cynical
Tuesday, September 7th, 2004
7:53 pm
#3 - The Arm Of The Lord
From "A Proportional Response" (1x03)

So my friend, if you want to start using American military strength as the arm of the Lord, you can do that, we're the only superpower left

World's PoliceCollapse )

Current Mood: curious
Sunday, August 29th, 2004
7:52 pm
Debate #2 - The Constitution
(If I am not meant to be start detbates, do tell me and I will cease and stop!)

Is the Constitution a good or a bad thing?

from my viewCollapse )

Current Mood: curious
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