Posts Tagged ‘Morning Talkers’

Kiran: “This Feels Very Odd”

November 12, 2010

Ali: “Can we hold hands then just to be a little closer while we do this?” American Morning guest co-anchor Ali Velshi gave a general thumbs down to the new AM “Morning Talkers” [“MT” hereafter] segment set. Co-host Kiran Chetry indicated that she was not a big fan of it either. [The “MT” set consists of two black stools placed far apart with a huge screen in between them.]

When the first “MT” began this morning, Aly commented, “This is new to me.”* Expectantly, Kiran queried, “You like this?” Quite candidly, Ali responded, “Well, we’re a little bit far.” When Aly reached out his hand to Kiran and grasped her hand, Kiran concurred, “Yeah, a little bit far.” Sounding half-way serious, Aly jested, “Can we hold hands then just to be a little closer while we do this?” Seeming slightly chagrined, a laughing Kiran somewhat opaquely explicated, “No, ’cause they need to see this inner Morning Talkers and they need to be able to see them in the wall, Ali. Go with me here!”

Later, as the fourth and final “MT” started, Ali complained anew, grousing, “Why is it when we want to have casual chat we come in these formal things really far apart from each other?”** Heartily, Kiran concurred, “I know. This seems, this feels very odd.” Pointing to the big screen in between them, Kiran explained, “But, I’ll tell you why. Because we need to show the video here.”

Very odd indeed, Jamie. Both Aly and Kiran echoed what the author has been thinking since “MT” premiered less than a month ago. As Aly observed, the black stools are indeed rather “formal” for a “casual chat” between the AM anchors and they are placed “really far apart from each other.” Furthermore, as Kiran aptly noted, the AM set seems “very odd.”

Solution? In the author’s opinion, put Kiran and her co-host in the plusher pleather chairs and place them closer together (with the screen to one side of them). Better yet, perhaps, the big middle screen should be ditched altogether in favor of a split screen (with the co-anchors on one side and the aired clip on the other). To boot, the addition of a third person, e.g., Christine Romans to “MT” might well add some much needed conviviality to the conversation.

As Carol might say, “Just sayin!”

*American Morning – 11/11/10 (@ 6:22 a.m. ET)

**American Morning – 11/11/10 (@ 8:21 a.m. ET)

Kiran: Republicans Yahoos?

October 26, 2010

John: “Beats me. I don’t know. Wow!” Were American Morning co-hosts Kiran Chetry and John Roberts flying their true colors only one week away from the mid-term elections? In a “Morning Talkers: Red or blue brands?” segment, Kiran and John reported on a recent survey that indicated that “Google is the favorite brand of Democrats…while Fox News topped the brand list of Republicans.” Not surprisingly, John took the opportunity to whack rival Fox News but, interestingly, Kiran seemed to possibly snipe at her Republican fans instead.

Introducing the story, Kiran stated, “How you vote could decide which brands you choose as well. A new survey looks at how your political party affects brand loyalty. They found that Google was the top blue brand.” Strangely, veering off-script (since the survey merely mentioned brand loyalty in general rather than within particular categories), Kiran commented, “This was weird, though. Everybody uses Google.” When she got back on message, stating, “Fox News, the top red brand,” John derisively declared, “Wow! Surprise there.”

After Kiran listed a few more brands, she ad libbed, “But Google being a blue thing? That’s–everybody uses Google.” With eyebrows furrowed, John queried, “That’s kind of interesting. Well, if you’re a Republican, what search engine do you use?” Shaking her head, Kiran replied, “I don’t know.” Perhaps, using a double entendre, she laughed, “Yahoo?” Shrugging his shoulders, John responded, “Beats me. I don’t know. Wow!”

Another CNN “we Democrats” moment?

American Morning – 10/26/10 (@7:25 a.m. ET)