Not all of television is a vast wasteland.
Winston Churchill once famously described the Balkans as an area that produced more history than they could consume locally. World War I being a case in point.
Which basically sums up my impression of the magnitude and pace of change that began with the Bear Stearns bailout in March of 2008.
Other than the global depression of the thirties, I cannot think of a time when the economic landscape has been so convulsed by the forces of change…and the sheer volume and velocity of government intervention.
I absorb as much as I can from print media and online sources, but find myself fatigued and overwhelmed at the effort.
Like trying to get a drink from a fire-hose.
Be careful not to tune in during the prior hour, or you will be exposed to Jim Cramer, and risk being in range the next time he tosses a chair in your direction.
Kudlow is a veteran, both of Washington and Wall Street…
…and he has assembled perhaps the best team of television journalists to help sift and sort the major emerging business and financial themes of the day.
What surprised me at first was the range and depth of technical discussion, involving the intricacies of how the Federal Reserve functions, along with the other regulatory apparatus of the federal government.
Of course, with a business pedigree, his tilt is towards economic freedom and less intervention, but he is careful to give the opposing viewpoint equal time during panel discussions.
Senators from both sides of the aisle fight for air time on his show, and his guests run the gamut from idealistic libertarians to unvarnished socialists.
My endorsement of the show is not wholly unqualified.
Sometimes the discussion degenerates into shouting matches, and it’s a sad spectacle to see such academically and financially-pedigreed panelists reduced to such tawdry mudslinging and wrestle-mania braggadocio.
Maybe that just proves how much out of step I am with modern society.
I can remember when libraries expected patrons to be quiet. When movie audiences were hushed during the feature.
And only Marine drill sergeants could casually sprinkle profanity into everyday conversation.