By George, He's Got It
11-13-2009
Those of you who read this blog regularly know that I am a big fan of the Sunday morning political talk shows. I have been watching them for as long as I can remember. But I am not a big fan of the weekday morning shows like Good Morning America and Today. I can’t even tell you the last time I tuned into one of the network morning shows during the week, although some of my friends and family have tried to make me a Morning Joe cable convert, during my visits with them. For me, the choice is always radio on weekday mornings.
 
So, I was dismayed to read this item reporting that George Stephanopoulos may be taking over the anchor chair at Good Morning America, once Diane Sawyer replaces the retiring Charlie Gibson at World News. This is especially troubling if it means that Stephanopoulos would also be relinquishing his Sunday morning gig on This Week
 
During his initial stint as a political analyst on David Brinkley’s incarnation of the show, Stephanopoulos was viewed primarily as a partisan Democratic operative, and I recall that there was some concern among Republicans in particular that he would have trouble being objective when he took over as host in 2002.
 
But Stephanopoulos has worked hard to successfully make the transition to host, and he is now giving Meet the Press host David Gregory a run for his money in the Sunday morning ratings. For me, the choice between a weekday morning show and a political franchise on Sunday morning is the proverbial choice between apples and oranges. I hope that Stephanopoulos feels the same way, but this network plum may be too juicy for him to resist.


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