Well, that didn’t take long. No sooner did I sit down, open up my iBook and get online than I learned that there’s been an apparent about-face at PBS. I though Luntz was let go, but apparently the Republican consultant and only the Republican consultant will be giving post-debate analysis after the Democratic candidates forum.
On the June 28 edition of New York Public Radio station WNYC’s The Brian Lehrer Show, PBS host Tavis Smiley, who was scheduled to moderate a Democratic presidential forum later that day, confirmed that Republican pollster Frank Luntz will be PBS’ and the Tavis Smiley program’s sole provider of focus group analysis for the forum coverage. Asked by host Brian Lehrer, “Just Luntz or do you have a Democratic pollster there too?” Smiley responded: “[J]ust Luntz.”
Just for the sake of being “fair and balanced” I’m going to suggest that when the Republican candidates forum rolls around PBS hire Susan Estrich and only Susan Estrich, or Donna Brazile and only Donna Brazile, or James Carville and only James Carville — you get the idea by now — to do the post debate analysis. And Carville should get special consideration. After all, he’s married to a Republican consultant.