What we have here is a failure: Last night, we watched Judy Woodruff go to war with The Trump Era 6.
The discussion started nicely enough. On the PBS NewsHour, Woodruff introduced the dispiriting segment in the way shown below.
To watch the tape or read the transcript, you can just click here:
WOODRUFF (1/23/18): As we reflect on President Trump’s first year in office, we check back in with some familiar faces.Judy hoped to reflect on Trump's first year with some familiar faces. The whole thing started nicely enough. But by the time the segment was done, we hoped there were six separate ways out of her host's abode!
I sat down last night with a group of six voters in the swing state of Virginia, most of whom I had first talked to during the election year.
Thank you all, again, for talking with us. We do appreciate it very much, a year-and-a-half later than the conversation we had with five of you in August of 2016.
So I’m going to start this evening with the host, the gentleman whose home we’re having this conversation in, Bill Lupinacci.
Thank you very much for having us here. Let’s just start with the basic question. How do you think things are going in this country right now?
In the case of one participant, we were struck by an almost total lack of knowledge concerning the way to speak to others. If you watch the tape or read the transcript, you can try to guess who we mean. We'll give you one last hint:
This person voted for Candidate Clinton, the same darn way we did!
We thought last evening's brief discussion presented the very picture of an atomized society. We thought a few of the familiar faces weren't hugely skilled at the ancient task of speaking to other people. We also thought that Woodruff herself brought little to the table.
We'll offer a bit of background concerning one participant. Trump supporter Corey Solivan graduated from Penn State in 2004. He'd earned a degree in electrical engineering, a subject known to be hard.
Today, he's Director of National & Strategic Accounts for Consolidated Networks Corporation. He's also Managing Member of C2S LLC, which he describes thusly:
"C2S is my personal LLC that I plan to grow and develop beyond a sole proprietorship and successfully graduate as an 8a minority owned disadvantaged small business."
Solivan's LLC is a "minority-owned disadvantaged small business?" We're not real clear on what that means, but we were a bit surprised by some of that, given Solivan's role in last night's non-conversation conversation.
Is our society losing cohesion? Just watch the tape of last night's "discussion." You'll get a chance to find out!
Full disclosure: We went to several dances when we were in high school which ended up something like this.