I had such high hopes for CBS This Morning, having been an avid admirer of Charlie Rose on PBS for many years. What a refreshing change this promised to be from the mind numbing drivel of the early morning news and entertainment shows. So, it was with great enthusiasm that I tuned in for the first show and for many shows thereafter. I usually stayed only for the first hour, depending on the guests booked for the second half of the show, because, let's face it, the draw for me was Charlie Rose and his unbridled enthusiasm for interviewing interesting and diverse people from a broad spectrum of life. That, and an innate sense of morality and fair mindedness.
Alas, as they say, the bloom is off the Rose. It has been coming for a while now and it is with some sadness that I now count myself as a not-so-avid admirer of Charlie Rose. Not only is the lighting at PBS kinder to Charlie Rose, so is the quality and content of the programming which is, of course, dictated by Charlie Rose, not CBS.
My most recent disenchantment, however, involves Nora McDonald, a newcomer to the show, and a story out of the state of Kansas as noted below the squiggle.
As I watched in total disbelief this morning, Nora McDonald reported on a serious news story about high school students in Kansas complaining about the healthy school lunch program started by First Lady Michelle Obama. During the report, CBS This Morning aired a video titled "We Are Hungry" produced by "students and teachers" at a small town high school in which students complain about not getting enough to eat (link to video at end of diary).
Really? If anyone at CBS This Morning thinks anyone with a brain doesn't know that this video is a blatant political attack on President Obama by the Republican party, think again. If anyone at CBS This Morning thinks that anyone outside the state of Kansas takes the state of Kansas seriously, think again. If anyone at CBS This Morning thinks obesity and adult onset diabetes isn't a problem with young people in America, think again. And, if anyone at CBS This Morning thinks that I will continue watching their morning "news" show after this story, think again.