Neal Karlen is unimpressed with the prospect of a Jesse Ventura talk show on MSNBC. Instead of saving the troubled cable network, Karlen believes Ventura’s show spells doom. He says:
The latest beneficiaries of Ventura’s magical ability to fail upward are those Donahue-firing brutes at MSNBC, who are paying Jesse $2 million a year for . . . no one is sure. And now, programmers at the troubled network have realized they’ve bought a lox, only months after they were ordered to catch Fox News and CNN by their parent company’s angry CEO, even if that meant televising “clowns jumping out of airplanes.”
The 1976 film “Network” was neither art nor entertainment. It was prognostication.