Today marks the 800th anniversary of the signing of the Magna Carta. It was on June 15, 1215 that the English King John met his barons on Runnymede field to reluctantly affix his seal to the great charter that granted more powers to the latter. By strange coincidence, yesterday also marked the notable event when Chuck Todd on Meet The Press allowed a couple of panelists to question a guest, Bill Daley.
This was actually nothing new because in its original format, which has been forgotten in recent years, Meet The Press meant exactly that...meet the press, not just the host. Your humble correspondent, often feeling like Captain Ahab in his desperate search for the great white whale, has been harping on this point for nearly a year when he reminded any who would listen about the promise of a return to the original format by NBC News president Deborah Turness: