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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.

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  •  Tip Jar (14+ / 0-)

    Live so that when your children think of fairness, caring and integrity, they think of you. H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

    by Ellen Columbo on Wed Sep 26, 2012 at 11:41:41 AM PDT

  •  If (1+ / 0-)
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    they want to be a bunch of fat fucks in Otter Crotch, KS, I say "go for it".

    The Republican Party is now the sworn enemy of the United States of America.

    Listen to All Over The Place - we play all kinds of music!

    by TheGreatLeapForward on Wed Sep 26, 2012 at 11:53:46 AM PDT

  •  Count me in (1+ / 0-)
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    with those that have left that show behind. Too bad, now we turn the wall screen on for the local weather in the morning and then it's off.  

  •  Rec'd for (1+ / 0-)
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    the nice writing as well as the sentiments.

    On November 6 I'm voting for Citizenship and Arithmetic.

    by coffeeprocessingmachine on Wed Sep 26, 2012 at 12:08:12 PM PDT

    •  Thank you so much. (0+ / 0-)

      This is my first diary and I'm a little unsettled, waiting to see how it will be received.  Your kind comment is very reassuring.

      Live so that when your children think of fairness, caring and integrity, they think of you. H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

      by Ellen Columbo on Wed Sep 26, 2012 at 12:35:27 PM PDT

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  •  I live in Kansas (0+ / 0-)

    It has the biggest per capita ass in the country.

    If anyone at CBS This Morning thinks that anyone outside the state of Kansas takes the state of Kansas seriously, think again.
    Not even those of us inside the State of Kansas take it seriously. At least, not the sentient ones.
    •  Oh, sentient one... (2+ / 0-)
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      wintergreen8694, Old Surgeon

      please forgive me for lumping everyone in the state of Kansas together.  Not fair of me, and obviously not true.  Thank you for your 'on scene' assessment and let's hope you and your ilk dominate the political scene this year!

      Live so that when your children think of fairness, caring and integrity, they think of you. H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

      by Ellen Columbo on Wed Sep 26, 2012 at 12:20:00 PM PDT

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  •  Thank you for the diary. (1+ / 0-)
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    It is good to know I am not the only person disenchanted with Rose.  I have never watched CBS This Morning, but I have thought his PBS show has been going downhill and he was TERRIBLE during the PBS convention coverage.  He let the same old BS go right by.  Not what I expected.

    Up until this year, my biggest wish was that each presidential candidate would have to sit down with Rose for an hour.  And we would really learn something - but after his convention work, I think it would be just another "Scott Pelley" interview.  Now my question is WHAT HAPPENED TO HIM?

    "May the forces of evil become confused on the way to your house." - George Carlin

    by Most Awesome Nana on Wed Sep 26, 2012 at 12:57:02 PM PDT

    •  I also share your (0+ / 0-)

      assessment of Scott Pelley.  Thank you for your comment.  You really are most awesome!

      Live so that when your children think of fairness, caring and integrity, they think of you. H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

      by Ellen Columbo on Wed Sep 26, 2012 at 01:51:27 PM PDT

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    •  Rose has been a tool for many years, it hasn't (1+ / 0-)
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      just started recently.
      His sports and showbiz stuff I usually pass on, but a hard-hitting journalist he seldom is (the OP is probably just a bit smitten, ;] ).
      He knows where his bread gets buttered from, and has long been (for just one example) Wall Streets' go to guy when they need some polishing up.
      I've watched him on PBS since the beginning and gradually got disillusioned with it all. The (usually) subtle biases, but very directed, of Rose, Lehrer (just watch how he handled lil bushie over years), PBS and NPR, et al., have finally caused me to almost give up watching or listening to them.


      "Double, double, toile and trouble; Fire burne, and Cauldron bubble... By the pricking of my Thumbes, Something wicked this way comes": Republicans Willkommen auf das Vierte Reich! Sie Angelegenheit nicht mehr.

      by Bluefin on Wed Sep 26, 2012 at 04:04:14 PM PDT

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  •  I've been disappointed with Charlie Rose, too (1+ / 0-)
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    I do like the format better than other morning news show - more time spent on some conversation with guests - but I've been surprised how right wing talking points/POV come through. Norah O'Donnell has had a few bright moments but they are few and far beween - mostly she's sounds like a female David Gregory. And Gayle King seems to be oblivious that she's spouting such nonsense.

    “Parties do not lead revolutions. They follow them. And then only when forced to.” Joe Bageant

    by tgypsy on Wed Sep 26, 2012 at 03:06:01 PM PDT

  •  One must understand (0+ / 0-)

    that the present wingnut POV is that it is a God-given right for parents to pass their morbid obesity on to their kids.

  •  Children Starving to death (0+ / 0-)

    You bet they are!  But the video promoted by CBS as "news" was such a blatent republican (not capitalized on purpose) piece of propaganda video.  

    Are we expected to believe that the video was produced and financed by high school students in Kansas?  

    Shoot I hate to even give the darn video any attention.  However, we can let CBS know that we are not going to stand by and be quiet.  Silence does equal death.

    In addition we women will remember in November.  Long after smitty omoney is counting his dollars in the sunshine, shaking his head and asking annie to put an umbrella in his drink. your way with words.

    Shirley in Oregon

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