Rarely in TV news do we see a genuine effort by opposing forces to at least listen to each other. Current TV’s Cenk Uygur, a devoted progressive, manages just that in this interview with Rick Santorum’s benefactor Foster Friess. Their friendly and respectful disagreements offer some hope that ideological debate doesn’t always have to become a food fight. Indeed, the two find common outrage about Wall Street bailouts, proving that sometimes the left and the right can walk around the circle and meet each other on the backside.
Kudos to Friess for even agreeing to appear on a show, Cenk’s “The Young Turks,” that is way outside his political lane. And kudos to Cenk for holding his ground without being rude, producing a constructive discussion. Too bad the partisan warriors in Washington can’t do the same.
Super PAC funder Friess tells Cenk that Santorum wants to “honor rich people.”
“I think you and I need to have a beer and pizza together,” Friess offers Cenk. “Let’s figure out where we can agree.”