• The Secret Life of Chuck Todd: As Boring as The Public Life of Chuck Todd

    Captain Redbeard gave us a rare glimpse of life on the road during this weekend’s Meet the Press. Before you jump out of your seat with excitement, be sure to lower your expectations. Chuck Todd hasn’t really done much of anything to beef up Meet‘s brand in the days since NBC introduced David Gregory to the exit door, but this goateed nerd would have you believe that it’s an entirely new dawn in the history of Sunday news programming

    Todd has been on a “Battleground Road Trip” for the past week or so, frequently leaning backwards from the passenger seat of a tour bus while traveling to deliver live MSNBC updates about which candidate he ran into on that particular day. When it comes to politics, Chuckie is the quintessential geek groupie, likely begging politicians for their autographs while he attempts to come up with a clever question.

    I interviewed 43 voters, 10 candidates, 7 states!” proclaimed the easily excitable host on Sunday, as if it were some sort of sports statistic worth applauding. He then proceeded to share with viewers a 60 second montage of himself drinking coffee, eating bratwurst, pumping gas, texting on his smartphone, and drinking more coffee. Clearly, the whole production was of a lot more interest to himself than it was to anyone watching.

    For the interested, Chuck Todd came in third place in the Sunday news race just last week, trailing both This Week on ABC and Face the Nation on CBS. Since his debut as Meet the Press host, he has lost 22 percent of his own viewers and is down 38 percent in the 25-54 demo. It’s not quite a “free fall” just yet, but it’s headed there. Will his little “slice of life” on the NBC tour bus pique the interest of more Sunday morning eyeballs? Time will tell.

    Perhaps The Toddster shouldn’t have quit his day job so quickly. Something tells me that sooner or later, the peacock network is going to be on the hunt for his replacement too.

    Matt Fox

    Senior Editor

    Fox has history in broadcasting that spans two decades. From his early days as an FM host and club DJ in the mid-90′s to his later experiences in political talk radio, he has always had a knack for combining topical news with his love for popular culture. Those experiences culminated in his position as executive producer for several radio shows featured in the TALKERS Heavy 100. Originally from New York, Fox has made the great pilgrimage down to sunny south Florida.

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