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Ocasio-Cortez, Trump, Pelosi — Politics is our entertainment now. It shouldn’t be this way

New Democratic fault line: Nancy Pelosi says she's opposed to impeaching TrumpVideo

New Democratic fault line: Nancy Pelosi says she’s opposed to impeaching Trump

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says President Trump is ‘not worth’ risk of impeachment; chief congressional correspondent Mike Emanuel reports from Capitol Hill.

On the weekend the Academy Awards were handed out, I was in a restaurant in Los Angeles when two Oscar nominees walked in. What most shocked me was the complete lack of reaction by anyone in the room.

No one stared or even pointed. No one congratulated them. Diners not caught up in conversation had their eyes fixed on the TV in the bar, where people on a cable news show were discussing the upcoming summit between President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

The folks in the restaurant found Trump and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., more interesting to watch on TV than the stars who had just entered the room.


This underscored something I’ve thought for a long time: Politics has become our national entertainment – and entertainment just doesn’t matter anymore.

At one time films, music and TV bound us together as a people. They collectively reminded us of who we were and where we were going.

Whether it was “The Carol Burnett Show,” “The Tonight Show,” “All in the Family,” “The Jeffersons,” “M*A*S*H,” or “Dallas,” Americans at one time watched the same shows at the same time, and we were better for it.

There were fixed cultural reference points – places we could go across generations for laughter, understanding and – if not agreement – unity.

With the onslaught of streaming services

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