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Sunday, April 27, 2014
David Gregory: this century's version of "Network's" characater Howard Beall
With the death of Tim Russert, 'Meet the Press' anchor and successful political commentator several years back, this highly rated Sunday talk show was then taken over by uber liberal socialist, David Gregory. Since then, the ratings of Meet the Press have been sliding into the basement. Now its ratings are completely awful, and NBC execs, rather than fire this raging Marxist, have hired psychologists to treat David Gregory and even go so far as to have these shrinks interview his friends and his wife. These NBC poobahs are convinced that if they find out why people don't like David Gregory (HE'S A RAGING MARXIST WHACKO, GUYS!!"), then they can alter his delivery to suit their audiences' tastes, and turn ratings around.
NBC execs are bound and determined to keep this raging Marxist in place, a liberal whose crackpot communist philosophical views anger at least half the nation on a weekly basis. Gregory will in the short term at least remain as host of Meet the Press, God Awful ratings be damned. The shrinks will fix things.
This plot is straight out of a 38 year old Hollywood script: "Network."
Decades ago, this movie was released that gave us the phrase 'I'm mad as hell, and I'm not going to take it anymore!"
"Network," starring an aging William Holden as an over the hill network executive and Faye Dunaway, the young fresh upstart mover and shaker in the news business, depicted a fictitious TV network that was suffering ratings blues, and took steps including murder and sensational madmen TV anchors to bolster their sagging ratings.
Peter Finch played the madman Howard Beall, who in the throes of awful ratings, announced one day on the set that he was going to kill himself on live TV. The execs in the studio were aghast, and then when the following day they noticed that the ratings went ballistic on their news hour, with the entire nation tuning in to see what happened next, young Faye Dunaway ran with it.
Howard Beall then was the hit dujour, and his ratings saved the network in the short run (no, he did not kill himself on live TV, as it turns out). He just started ranting and raving about everything in general. Then, in the fullness of time, Howard's rants and raves started to sour with the public, and Faye Dunaway wanted to can the creep.
Here's where the plot thickens: the owner of the network, a super rich shadowy figure portrayed by Ned Beatty (Mr. Jensen), stepped in and insisted that Howard Beall be kept on the air, regardless of ratings. Mr. Jensen liked the morose, bad news that Howard Beall continued to spew, as in his view this was the philosophy he supported, and was good for his business ventures overall. Jensen did not care a whit whether Howard Beall's newscasts LOST money, he was to be kept on the air regardless the ratings.
The way the writers ended 'Network' was to assassinate Howard Beall. I wonder how NBC will finally pull the plug on David Gregory?