Media Battle for the Crown

I watched the Charles Gibson interview with Sarah Palin on Thursday, hours after NBC's Brian Williams interviewed Robert DeNiro and Al Pacino.. (I think I would have rather had a shot at that interview.)  Brian looked his comfortable self, but I've never seen Charles Gibson look the way he looked on Thursday.  Very authoritative, but with his soft deep grilling voice, and the glasses on the end of his nose.  That's a new look for him.  I guess he has securely placed himself into the "media battle for the crown."

There's another campaign going on this fall.  So far, Gibson, Wolf Blitzer, and to some extent, Bill O"Reilly are in the race to the finish.  They're trying to be selected by American viewers as the very best and toughest interviewer on television.  It is a crown left behind by the sad death of Tim Russert three months ago Saturday.  His death elevated him to the ultimate compliment as a guy who really knew how to put political candidates in their place.. turn up the heat and grill them.. and see if they knew their stuff or if it was all ********. 

Maybe it's because I am so lucky that I get to anchor the news for you every night and be a part of this business, but gosh, it sure looks like the three of them (and maybe more) and showing off and are determined to wear the Russert crown.  Am I right?  I think all of us, no matter where we work, think about Tim Russert's tough interviewing and want to be like him.  Also, drop me a line about who you think is by far the toughest political interviewer on television in Russert's wake.   Ralph

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