Wednesday, August 17, 2016

RIP John McLaughin

McLaughlin hosted one of the first combative political TV talkshows in the nation--and his was on PBS. Over the years, entire cable-news networks have copied his approach.

Among the regular panelists on the show over the years; Pat Buchanan and Chris Matthews.

The show lasted on PBS for 34 years and spawned countless parodies, send-ups, and tributes.

My in-laws (may they rest in peace) never missed a show. McLaughlin may have been a cranky old bugger, but he knew how to do television, and he produced one of the rare shows that represents an era. He was 89 years old.