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The McLaughlin Group

SBS One Premiered Jan 01, 1982 In Season


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The McLaughlin Group

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The McLaughlin Group is an unrehearsed, hastily assembled program featuring opinions and forecasts of all of todays current events. John McLaughlin has been hosting this debate program on NBC for over twenty years!
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  • Is the McLaughlin Group undergoing "Fundamental Change"?

    I have watched the McLaughlin Group for well over 20 years. One thing I could always count on was that there would be 2 liberals/democrats and 2 conservatives/republicans sitting on their respective sides (the viewer's left for liberals and right for conservatives). On today's show (Nov 3 2013) we had the ultra liberal Eleanor as usual (and she is NOT cut off but rather raises her voice over the other speakers and interrupts them in a rude manner during most of the show) and Mort Zuckerman on the left and Pat Buchanan on the right as usual. And who shows up on the right side as the alleged 2nd conservative? CHRIS MATTHEWS ... are you kidding me??? The guy who gets a thrill up his leg every time that Obama speaks and whose self-proclaimed job (as he described it on TV) is to get Obama re-elected? This is the right side conservative???? John you let your audience down badly today and if this is not corrected quickly, you can count me as a lost long-time viewer. John you have changed you views over the years from a conservative to a liberal (in my view) but I believe you are upfront about it and you do try to be fair and at least allow both positions to be properly explained and heard. Lately however, by your actions of allowing Eleanor to yell over the other speakers and to interrupt them I believe you have lost your objectivity. Now that you put Chris Mathews on the right side you have really let me and your objective viewing public down forcing me to now question the presumption of your show. Do you realize this fundamental change? It is no longer a fair and objective presentation of the right and left points of view on national issues. Pat Buchanan, thanks for being the stalwart conservative on the show and for showing rationality and total respect for all despite the numerous attacks that you and your ideas have received over the years to include ad hominem attacks. John, it is now up to you on whether you will "fundamentally transform" your show to mere leftist propaganda (we sure have enough of those shows) or keep it as a model for rational discussion. Please consider replacing Eleanor with a liberal who does not yell over the others and insure you select no less than two (2) conservatives and I mean true conservatives (why not ask Allen West or Tim Scott or Mike Savage to present the right point of view on occasion?? Would this be too much to ask, especially if you keep Eleanor?). Also, please ensure all your guests get a fair chance to present their views. Please don't let down your long-time viewers John. Thanks for considering my comments and thanks for your efforts over the years to present a rational discussion on important issues.moreless
  • mort zuckerman

    kindest greetings john: love the show, especially elinor; so am not ask mordant mort to give his answer to our economic problems, rather than merely allowing him to keep ranting about how dangerous things are?? isn't it time he said something positive about the economy? is he merely another mellon-stockman-friedman liquidationist? or what??
  • Very one sided

    I used to really like this show a lot. But now, Eleanor is the only liberal and she is constantly being cut off. The new young man from the National Review seems so arrogant and contemptuous of Eleanor. It has become very one sided and people cut each other off too much. McLaughlin is not doing a good job of moderating. He allows this to go on.
  • McLaughlin Group, PBS 17 Feb 2012, Discussion on Iran

    Its quite an interesting discussion. I like it as it consists of some very learned and some interesting individuals. There were five scholars sitting on 17 Feb 2012 analyzing the pros and cons of striking Iran, should it be Israel, USA or both. When it came to naming the Sea (body of water) north west of Iran none of the scholars knew the name, finally John called it Black Sea, EUREKA, that 's NOT Black Sea it is the Caspian Sea. Given this is an example one wonders the shallowness of five out of five spellbound and John finally delivers the blow of naming the wrong one. Such is state of research of stalwarts sitting in a forum for educating the innocent of the state of the world. By the way, John M, why destroy another country without rhyme or reason, is Zionism such a sacred cow that its neighbours must be decimated, and if it is sacred why not give it double the strip in the US where there is plenty of empty land, after all US and Zionist Loyalists are supporting that stolen land financially, keeping the people in the dark, and ignore even their own blood and flesh sacrificed in the high seas, meaning, USS Liberty. Zionism has numbed minds and emptied the coffers of USA, presidents and those aspiring to be presidents are scared stiff to their skin not to offend the aggressions of the Zionists. John M, where is that land of the free that is led by a noose in the nose of the people on the hill and congress. Tell the world that paper tigers sit in the oval office surrounded by lobbyist and advisors playing a symphony orchestrated by the Zionists.moreless
  • 9.5
    Today (March 28) was the first Sunday that I really enjoyed this program. Eleanor is usually totally outnumbered, but today Bill Press was on the program and he was EXCELLENT. Too bad he's not a regular on the program with Eleanor. It was GREAT!!!!!!! This program is sometimes very one-sided. John McLaughlin should be narrator and non-commital, but he's not, making the panel unequal. It would also be great if Monica would stop to listen and think of what she's saying before it comes out of her mouth, instead of always grandstanding. Let's have more shows like today, it certainly got my attention.moreless