If Local Congressman Appears on Cable News Show and Doesn't Yell, Does It Make a Sound?

I know that Crossfire was killed and that this is right and good because there was too much yelling on cable anyway; but shouldn't there be some conflict? Democrats go on MSNBC, Republicans go on Fox News, and at the end both interviewer and interviewee agree about what is Right. Yesterday, Fort Lauderdale's U.S. Rep. Ron Klein appeared on MSNBC's Hardball with Chris Matthews to discuss the Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act, a piece of legislation that would encourage and reward volunteerism -- a noble if obvious cause. Klein comes in at the 3:30 mark. I hate to spoil the ending, but it's decided by Matthews at the segment's end that this bill is "the best of our human nature." Which maybe it is, but we can stay plenty busy by confronting the very worst of our human nature, evidence of which can be seen in nuclear warheads, tortured prisoners and the latest Nielsen primetime television ratings.

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Thomas Francis