Monday, February 2, 2009

What did you think? Power Play with Tom Clark

A lot of new segments, not enough of the dirt.

Political gossip was what made Mike Duffy popular, and the new Power Play, with Tom Clark, is long on education and short on the dirt. Noble in its efforts, but the path to bad ratings is lined with good intentions.

Overall a creative effort, and very watchable. Good educational intent, but short on the background details hard-core viewers are looking for.


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update: It seems official: Craig Oliver's over-the-top attack on the Prime Minister has distracted much of the attention away from the admirable effort put forward by new Power Play anchor, Tom Clark.


Several times in the lead up to the Oliver segment, Clark said we'd see, "Craig Oliver like you've never seen him before." Let's hope we never see that side of Craig Oliver again.

24 comments:

Fay said...

I cannot find feedback email link for Power Play at CTVnews.net. Mike Duffy was always willing to hear comments on show.
Otherwise good show until The Real Leader of the Liberal Party Craig Oliver made an appearance.

le politico said...

That Craig Oliver Unplugged piece was a total attack on Stephen Harper.

I can't imagine him doing a piece on Ignatieff, or on anyone else, with the same malevolent tone.

Fay said...

If Tom Clark wants any credibility as non-bias then he needs to cut Craig Oliver. Canadians know that he only reports to support the Liberal Party. Anyone that watches Politics in Canada know this for a fact. Today Craig Oliver actually managed to make Danny Williams look reasonable by comparison. That is not easy to do.

Anonymous said...

It seemed to me Oliver's monologue on the "abandonment" of conservative principles is in response to Charles Adler's blog on Michael Ignatieff "the great abandoner".

Am I the only one who made that connection?

Clark said Oliver's diatribes will be a regular feature of the show. Ugh!

Louise M.

Anonymous said...

****He will lose this viewer immediately once it is time for Craig Oliver.*****

The Hill to Hill part was ok. The interview with the new MP was not drawing me in either.

I could watch Iggy...sorry, but he is too arrogant for words.

The Fife:Weston bit was worthwhile.

Clark is trying to fit too much into one hour. Hope he finds his feet better, and quickly.

Joanne (True Blue) said...

The Fife:Weston bit was worthwhile.

I think that was the only redeeming feature in the whole pitiful endurance test.

The Craig Oliver bit was the worst. I can't stomach it. Doubt I'll tune in anymore.

Anonymous said...

As in many of the other posts, Craig Oliver's piece on Stephen Harper was way over the top and completely overshadowed what might have otherwise been a good first show. I kind of assume Clark may have been forced to have the old crow on his show but for me it just ruined any credibility the show may have had. I really expected much more from Tom Clark.

wilson said...

I thought Clark asked good questions and controlled the interviews, something the softie Duffy wasn't very good at.

Craig Unglued was sickening.
We get enough Harper bashing in QP.

Heard a replay from QP on the radio, Stock Day jabs at Iggy

'having lived in the US for the last 30 years,
I would have thought you know that Canadians don't write US legislation!'

beauty.

Midnight said...

As I mentioned on ChuckerCanuck's site, Craig Oliver seems to have acquired a nightly comedy skit, to close the show.

Anonymous said...

Couldn't stand that bonehead craig oliver, must of said out loud "oh you scumbag" 5 or so times.

e.m.roberts said...

I watched Jane Tabor interview Sheila Copps and Monte Solbert on this show on March 19. Sheila was allowed to "take over" the interview; and Monte, being a gentleman, did not try to shout over her. In future, please do not have guests on you cannot "muzzle" or else do your job and moderate the speakers. It was a poor business.

Bob Tyndall said...

Tom Clark says his show asks the tough questions and gets the answers we want.
Well, I'm sorry, but I have yet to see that. It's one thing to ask questions, but he needs to make his guests answer them instead of spouting the the party line every time they open their mouths.
The NDP is the worst. They have all the answers. Put the country into bankruptcy. At least we can take comfort in knowing these morons will never be in a position to make welfare state.

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