Post-Russert, NBC Should Remake Meet the Press

NBC seems set on finding a Russert clone, but that's a mistake: Brown
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 1, 2008 6:20 PM CST
In this Jan. 24, 2008, file photo provided by NBC, Tim Russert moderates the Republican Presidential Candidates Debate from Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, Fla.   (AP Photo/NBC, Virginia Sherwood)
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(Newser) – Paralyzed by the perceived necessity of finding a Tim Russert doppelganger, NBC has already taken too long to choose a new host for Meet the Press, writes Tina Brown for the Daily Beast. “Russert defined an era,” Brown writes, "but that era is over.” Tom Brokaw needs a rest, and the show's format needs an overhaul.

Avoid the Washington insiders—both guests and host—advises Brown. Rather, make use of informed outsiders who will challenge the “received wisdom” of those “B-list senators and warhorse commentators” who are TV's bland staples. MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow would be ideal for the top spot: She’s smart and unflappable, “and she listens to what the person she’s talking to is saying.”