Ask A Silly Question -- Get A Silly Column
Washington Post TV columnist Lisa deMoraes made fun of one of her fellow critics attending the TV critics summer "tour" in Beverly Hills, CA, where TV program execs discuss their plans for the fall. At a news conference for CBS's Nina Tassler, one reporter, referring presumably to the decision by ABC's Steve McPherson to quit, asked whether there was "any downside to not having more churn" at CBS, where most executives have long tenures. "You can't make this stuff up," deMoraes remarked. "A lesser woman would have called the reporter a nincompoop and moved on to the next question. Heck, Steve McPherson would have called the reporter a nincompoop and moved on to the next question.." However, she continued, Tassler, "with incredible patience, as though she were talking to a much-loved child who had been dropped on its head in infancy -- explained that 'stability is a good thing,' and that CBS has stability in its executive suite because it's, you know, getting more viewers than any other network in the United States of America."