Deggans Punditwatch: Talking Palin and Obama on NPR and CNN
It sounds like we're kicking it in one radio studio together, but I was actually sitting in a tiny room at the Poynter Institute for this week's Barbershop segment on National Public Radio's Tell Me More. Developed as the world's best jive session between four brothers and, occasionally, host Michel Martin, the Barbershop is always an interesting mix of personalities and perspectives.
This week, we spent a lot of time talking about President-Elect Barack Obama's transition moves (my take: much as conservatives may complain about the selection of Rahm Emanuel as chief of staff, he's a tough, Congressionally savvy voice needed to wrangle the knuckleheaded Democrats on Capitol Hill) and onetime VP candidate Sarah Palin's media tour (my take: her interviews can be summed up in four words -- It's Not My Fault). Click here to hear.
If anything, you should listen in to hear me totally punt on a sports question (as my friends know, I am essentially sports illiterate).
On Sunday, I'll be appearing again on Washington Post media critic Howard Kurtz's CNN show Reliable Sources.
There, we'll be talking about how Obama has inspired tons of merchandising, songs and other pop culture artifacts. (My take: combine a media-genic, history-making politician with a momentous election turning on hope, and you'll have some artist inspiration and some people trying to cash in.)
Tune in on Sunday at about 10:30 a.m. and you should find me. It's good for a laugh before you move on to really erudite thoughts elsewhere.