PBS Launching Conservative Talk Show

Feb 28, 2018  •  Post A Comment

PBS is launching a new political talk show with a conservative focus, which will begin airing April 13. The AP reports that the broadcaster will decide after an eight-week run whether to keep the new show, “In Principle,” on the air.

The new Friday night show will feature columnist Michael Gerson and commentator Amy Holmes, and will take its cue from William F. Buckley’s “Firing Line,” which aired from 1966 to 1999, the report notes.

“The hosts plan to interview two guests each show, hoping for an in-depth discussion on issues and their formative political experiences,” the AP reports. “No guests have been announced yet, but Gerson said he’d like to discuss issues like race, gun control and whether conservatism is the right message for the working class.”

The report notes that Gerson, who has been a frequent guest on “NewsHour,” often finds himself at odds with Donald Trump. “He said Holmes more often takes the president’s side, or acts as the ‘anti-anti-Trump,'” the AP reports.

The report quotes Gerson saying: “I think the Trump era has been a very difficult time for traditional conservative discourse. I think a lot of institutions and places have been co-opted in this era. I view conservatism not only as a belief but a state of mind, a respect for tradition but also a respect for facts.”

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