Ms. Tippett's shows and interviews are among the best the public airwaves offers, and tend to probe well past the superficiality of most current event coverage and well into human nature. It is in this context of high journalistic standards that I found this particular show terribly vexing. Yes, it is good and noble and important to seek "political bridges." Yet, Ms. Tippett did not really challenge these two in any substantial way at all. Their view of the current financial situation and the way to tackle it has some rather substantial questions about it--questions that incorporate a powerfully alternative understanding than the one espoused by Domenici and Rivlin of our current financial situation, of our political culture in general and of our society as a whole. Sadly, and almost inexplicably, Ms. Tippett chose not even to acknowledge such an alternative understanding. She needn't have steered the discussion into the partisan bickering that Domenici and Rivlin profess to "bridge." Yet she sure could have--and really should have--asked these two some genuinely probing questions. Uncharacteristically, in this interview, Ms. Tippett played more the role of the polite, purposefully naive fluffball interviewer that we see more typically on Sunday morning television network programming.
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