Since we have all accepted the fact that news is no longer really news, that they are now in the entertainment business, with targeted, demographically selected audiences, that, for example, they can ignore the Georgian attacks on the Ossetia civilian population for three days and then call the subsequent Russian invasion of Georgia a reassertion of the old Soviet Empire, and other such news monstrosities, like going to war in Iraq because of 9-11, then at the very least, we should expect good grooming.
I’m a Chuck Todd fan. I like his mind. I like his attitude. I wouldn’t exactly say he is humble but I would say that he is so genuinely fascinated by the political process and the political players that he often forgets himself, that he is less narcissistic than most in his business. Including some from other networks with the big, trailer park – Jack Kemp hairdos, that require cans of hairspray in the makeup room.
But, so help me, it is so distracting to watch him. What is with his beard? So if the terrorists seize his plane he gets an extra two minutes in the First Class toilet to flush his American Passport?
A little girl once wrote Abraham Lincoln to tell him he needed to grow a beard. We need a little girl to write Chuck Todd to tell him that he needs to cut his off. And while he doesn’t need to get a Matt Lauer haircut, he could at least get a reasonable trim. Right now it looks like he drives in from Front Royal, Virginia. Or maybe, takes the subway from an immigrant neighborhood in Brooklyn. Either one of which would actually be okay, heck, I get some of the best political analysis from Pakistani cab drivers, immigrants usually know more about the world, but for television, we want “ the look.”
The beard has to come off son. You know it and we know it and I am sure it was one of the immediate reasons you didn’t make the final cut for Meet the Press, which is a shame because you would have really shaken things up. Now, shedding your beard, Mr. Todd, just to please your public, won’t edge you any closer to Abraham Lincoln, who grew his for the same reason, but it will go a long way toward making you the next Tim Russert.
All IMHO, from a fan.