NET STUPIDITY. I'll write more about George W. Bush's news conference tomorrow. Tonight, just a brief observation about CBS's and NBC's decision to dump out of the closing minutes so they could switch to their entertainment shows: unbelievable!
I'd been watching NBC when, a few minutes before 9, the network suddenly cut away to Brian Williams. Williams chit-chatted with Tim Russert for a few moments, and that was that. I also noticed Bob Schieffer wrapping things up on CBS. Of the three broadcast networks, only ABC stuck with it until the end.
Mind you, just before 9, Bush made a joke about wrapping up so that the networks could get back to fun and games. Little did he know that two of them had already left. And it's not as if he went over by much. By my watch, he ended at 9:01.
I'm not sure how to characterize the nets' decision. Disgraceful is a bit much; pathetic is more like it. Do they really expect anyone to take them seriously?