Stephen Colbert took over as host, executive producer and writer of THE LATE SHOW on Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2015. The comedy-variety-talk show is broadcast five nights a week from the Ed Sullivan theater in New York.
Meet the Press is a must-see for anyone concerned with current events,
if for no other reason than that it's a must-show for the participants
in those events. It's a show with a clear liberal bias, but compared to
most of today's news programs I would call it pretty even-handed.
Russert is a skilled interviewer, able to pose a question and then shut
his mouth for however long it takes the guest to respond fully, but he
has a tendency to become overexcited about his hypothetical constructs,
as in "If you knew then what you know now, would you still do what you
did?" It's hard to imagine any sane, self-respecting person trying to
answer a question like that, but somehow they all take a stab at it.
(In fairness to the guests, Russert is so over-enthusiastic with these
that he rarely takes "I really don't know," as an answer to such
In my opinion the greatest strength of the show is the way it confronts
guests with their own press and allows them to respond to it. Russert
is well-known for describing a video clip of the guest that's about to
be played, and then saying briskly "Let's watch!"
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