August 17th, 2014
01:08 PM ET

The future of Chuck Todd's "Meet the Press"

As David Gregory is replaced by Chuck Todd on NBC's "Meet the Press," how should the iconic Sunday morning public affairs program evolve? Frank Sesno, the director of the School of Media and Public Affairs at the George Washington University, and Jay Rosen, a journalism professor at New York University, discussed that with Brian Stelter. Here are a few of the highlights:

  · Rosen, speaking generally about Sunday shows like "Meet the Press:" "I think these shows are an important instrument of accountability, but they've drifted out of touch with the audience, the people who are interested in politics now have a lot more information available to them. They also expect more interaction with their journalists than they did in the past. And that's not something that David Gregory was very good at."

  · Sesno: "The host needs to be the surrogate for the audience." These shows should be "a place to hold people's feet to the fire - even better and closer and hotter - which is why the role of the host is so important, and I think where Chuck is going to excel."

  · Rosen: "There is a very strong sense in the country that Washington is broken. The political class has failed. We can't even get on the same page about what the problem is, let alone solve the problem. I think it would be wise for Chuck Todd to see himself and his colleagues, Washington journalists, as part of the class that has screwed up politics. And maybe in taking over 'Meet the Press,' he can begin to address some of how that happened."

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