I’ve long anticipated Karen Finney getting her own show on MSNBC. In fact, for a while, I thought it might be some kind of political version of The View with Finney, Goldie Taylor, Joy Reid, and some conservative affirmative action case—almost certainly a blond. But today, Karen Finney started her own show, Disrupt. And I was there to watch.
The show is about what I would expect from Finney. She is too much of a Democratic apologist for my tastes. But there is a place for her kind of centrist Democratic commentary. And the issues on the show weren’t bad: sexual abuse in the military, NSA surveillance, IRS scandal, military families. I got a little annoyed by the discussion of surveillance. Finney controlled the discussion far too much and focused on the straw man, “Does the government have the right to keep secrets?” No one, and certainly not her guests, are making that argument. Ill talk more about that in another article, so leave it at this: the discussion of surveillance was by far the weakest segment on Disrupt—not because I disagree but because the discussion was too limited in scope.
Of course, there were many things to like about the show. Although there were a few technical glitches and Finney was understandably less relaxed than normal, the show was surprisingly good for a first outing. Also, it was nice to see only women discussing the sexual abuse issue and mostly women overall as guests on the show. Also, Disrupt pushes against the practice of Chris Hayes and Rachael Maddow by having a fast paced show. It also featured some unusual edited bits that I didn’t really like, but that I think will grow into something really good.
In discussing the IRS scandal, Finney invited on our favorite Tea Party Idiot Amy Kremer. As much as I think that Kremer’s existence is a bad thing for democracy in America, I have to give you top marks for even being willing to go on MSNBC. And she does manage to get her points across, even if the points are nothing more than right wing hate radio talking points. When I saw she was on the show, I despaired. She brings out my Tourette syndrome. But Finney handled her brilliantly. Kremmer repeatedly pushed the idea that since there is no evidence that Obama was involved with the IRS scandal, it means, “We just don’t know if Obama was involved with the IRS scandal.” Finney would have none of it. And I was glad to see it. It bodes well for the future of the show.
I’ll be interested to see how Disrupt progresses. Even in its current form, it is totally respectable—a good addition to the MSNBC family. And it adds another woman to their lineup. I look forward to seeing Goldie Taylor and Joy Reid (who is guest-hosting The Ed Show today) with their own shows soon. But it is great that Karen Finney at long last has a permanent spot on the MSNBC schedule. I expect good things from her and the show.
I will provide a link to the show as soon as I find it!