March 19, 2012

THE MAN WHO LET THE SUN SHINE IN:

Lamb's Slaughter: Thank you, C-SPAN. (Andrew Ferguson, January 18, 2010, Weekly Standard)

"America is grateful to Brian Lamb," said President Bush a couple of years ago, when he awarded the nation's highest civilian honor, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, to the founder and CEO of C-SPAN. The network Lamb founded more than 30 years ago may be the greatest boon to American self-government since the Fifteenth Amendment. But Lamb has other great gifts, notably as an interviewer who with a single, simple, apparently artless question can bring down a guest's most meticulously constructed edifice of baloney.

He did it again on December 30, when he addressed a letter to congressional leaders noting that they had "all talked about the value of transparent discussions on reforming the health care system." He therefore asked--politely, always politely--that they open the final negotiations of the bill to broadcast. One question, and the walls of baloney came tumbling down. [...]

What a spectacle--a three-ring circus of political cant--all set loose for our enjoyment in response to a simple, seemingly innocent request. My, what big questions you ask, Mr. Lamb! Has there ever been a more elegant bomb-thrower than the founder of C-SPAN, a more relentless mutineer, a populist at once so quiet, so sane, and so subversive? No wonder America is grateful.

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