Syndicated columnist Charles Krauthammer clearly was unhappy with the liberal topics being discussed on PBS’s Inside Washington Friday.
At one point, he looked into the camera after mentioning the new deadline changes to ObamaCare announced this week and said, “You won’t hear about this on this show, so try Fox” (video follows with transcript and commentary):
GORDON PETERSON, HOST: We can tell you what they said. They said they don’t like it. The Tea Partiers don’t like it, the Heritage Action doesn’t like it. Erick Erickson of Red State accused the deal’s co-architect Paul Ryan of outright capitulation. Ryan’s response was this: Look, you want to get things done, you have to be willing to be criticized by everybody. Republicans don’t run everything. You have to find a way to work with the other side of the aisle to make the government work. Apparently there are people in Washington who find that kind of reasoning toxic, Charles.
CHARLES KRAUTHAMMER: Let me start with an editorial note: I love how you guys just can’t wait to get your teeth into Republicans throwing mud at Republicans on a week when this administration - by the way, the viewers, you’re not going to hear a word about a week in which the secretary of HHS unilaterally, lawlessly changed every deadline in the ObamaCare law without any legal authority, in a way that is absolutely astonishing - but you won’t hear about this on this show, so try Fox.
Just before the program's conclusion, host Gordon Peterson said next week would be the last show before Inside Washington permanently goes off the air.
With that in mind, maybe Krauthammer isn't going to be on next week, and this was his last chance to inform PBS viewers that they're not hearing the whole story.
If that's the case, I am truly saddened to think this is the last time we're going to see Charles squabble with the likes of Colby King, Mark Shields, and Nina Totenberg.
On a more personal note, as I've been watching this show since it was called Agronsky and Company many decades ago, it will be with a heavy heart that I watch the final episode next week with or without Charles.