WaPo media blogger Erik Wemple
takes a look a the cable news kisses Fox News' Bill O'Reilly
and MSNBC's "Morning Joe" blew to Lanny Davis
and Michael Steele
, who were on both shows talking bipartisanship and plugging their new shop, Purple Nation Solutions
. He notes that neither show gave much mention to the fact that the new firm is a public affairs shop.
This blogger cannot attest to the lobbying or legal capabilities of the firm. Its "media management" bona fides, however, looks great, if getting two prominent cable news shows to gush over your venture while barely mentioning that you're lobbying is any indication. When contacted about the matter, Davis noted that he and Steele were "100 percent transparent" that they were launching a new company with a new, purple-heavy business model. "You're not going to get anywhere if you have uncivilized name-calling as part of your strategy," said Davis.
Mr. and Mr. Civil caught Fox and MSNBC at a good moment. Just a couple of weeks ago, a study busted out the two channels as the most uncivil news sources around. Bringing on the nice guys from Purple Nation Solutions serves as a form of counterprogramming.
But the Alley's
favorite part of the post is the headline: "On cable, lobbyists emerge as bipartisan heroes."
Classic Wemple humor, dry with a side of rocks.