When Bill Moyers retired from PBS, that network looked around for ‘talent’ and settled on Newsweek editor Joh Meacham (or, as he’s often snarkily called in the blogsphere, Parson Meacham). PBS saw wide eyes and a sober facial expression and detected gravitas. (Like all of us who are aging, PBS could use some glasses.) But what PBS missed is that Meacham is a true villager – proud of his place in the media firmament, certain he belongs there and admiring of his fellows who occupy that little land with him.
I just saw him on Morning Joe playing the sidekick and chuckling at all the schoolboys antics of the regulars. That’s some gravitas alright.