This week on Need To Know, Jay and Mona welcome cable TV pioneer and C-Span founder Brian Lamb. They discuss the founding of the channel, interviewing the famous and infamous, and their mutual love for Brenda Lee (and Jay admits he has no idea who she is). Later, Jay and Mona lament New York City’s dearth of quality candidates and the death of shame, Wal-Mart’s DC problem, predictable knee-jerk reactions in the Middle East, and do some truth telling on broccoli and other vegetables.

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There are 13 comments.

  1. Inactive

    I’ve always contended there is no such thing as an unbiased objective journalist, but Brian Lamb might be the closest thing to it

    • #1
    • July 13, 2013 at 7:23 am
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  2. Member

    To my mind, C-Span is what public television should have been: more cameras, less programming. I get most of my information on books and history from watching and listening to C-Span, that is, listening to authors more than reading reviews. As I’ve gotten older, though, I agree very much with Jay that there is dubious value to be had from having to listen to all sides of an argument, as if all have equal claim to practical and ethical realities, at least past the one minute mark.

    • #2
    • July 13, 2013 at 8:08 am
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  3. Member

    I thought you meant Brian Lamm from Chicago. Well anyway, I’m sitting cross legged on the floor. 25 or 6 to 4.

    • #3
    • July 13, 2013 at 9:02 am
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  4. Inactive

    Should we think poor Jay’s ignorance shocking cultural illiteracy?

    Or be happy for him there are as yet undiscovered pleasures?

    • #4
    • July 13, 2013 at 10:13 am
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  5. Member

    Jay will be staring blindly into space over that reference….

    RightinChicago: I thought you meant Brian Lamm from Chicago. Well anyway, I’m sitting cross legged on the floor. 25 or 6 to 4. · 1 hour ago
    • #5
    • July 13, 2013 at 10:19 am
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  6. Member

    …and I said to myself “How can he not have heard of Brenda Lee? FEVER!”

    Oh wait, that’s Peggy Lee.

    • #6
    • July 14, 2013 at 1:14 am
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  7. Member

    Jay, there is a difference between supporting something out of self-interest and VOTING for something out of self-interest.

    There was nothing noble about Walmart’s stand on Obamacare and you and I would rather they took another stand, But there was nothing wrong with their decision.

    • #7
    • July 14, 2013 at 1:27 am
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  8. Thatcher

    You never asked ‘Dorian’ Lamb how is it that he’s never aged, I’m constantly amazed when I’m watching Lamb interviewing someone and I glance up in the corner an it says some date 1994 or 1989 and Brian Lamb looks exactly the same.

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    • July 14, 2013 at 2:09 am
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  9. Thatcher

    I’ve said before that without the blessed 22 amendment we would be enduring Clinton’s sixth term.

    • #9
    • July 14, 2013 at 2:13 am
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  10. Inactive

    B. Lamb – – inscrutable. However, I heard he’s from Indiana, a Navy veteran, peeved at government spending excess and at those who convert their public service into private riches. Is he conservative?

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    • July 14, 2013 at 6:24 am
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  11. Member
    Blue Yeti: Jay will be staring blindly into space over that reference…. · July 12, 2013 at 10:19pm
    RightinChicago: I thought you meant Brian Lamm from Chicago. Well anyway, I’m sitting cross legged on the floor. 25 or 6 to 4. · 1 hour ago

    Haha

    • #11
    • July 14, 2013 at 10:58 am
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  12. Coolidge
    Blue Yeti: Jay will be staring blindly into space over that reference…. · July 12, 2013 at 10:19pm
    RightinChicago: I thought you meant Brian Lamm from Chicago. Well anyway, I’m sitting cross legged on the floor. 25 or 6 to 4. · 1 hour ago

    As will most Chicago fans.

    The man’s name is Robert!

    • #12
    • July 16, 2013 at 9:10 am
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  13. Member

    The greatest testimony I can give Brian Lamb is that I have no idea what his politics are and I do not care. 

    C-Span was God’s greatest gift to America. 

    • #13
    • July 18, 2013 at 5:49 am
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