Fullspectrum

The Dinosaurs answer to The McLaughlin Group

The McLaughlin Group was a PBS political discussion show, created and produced by John McLaughlin, who also moderated. The show ran from 1982 until 2016 (canceled after McLaughlin's death) and was noted for the frequent squabbling of its panelists and McLaughlin's crisp, brisk style of addressing topics ("Issue 1") and moderating.

References

  • In the Dinosaurs episode "Network Genius," as an example of intellectual programming, Earl Sinclair screens Full Spectrum, a political discussion show spoofing The McLaughlin Group. The moderator is the terse John McGlutton, who asks his panel to debate such issues as "Should the rich eat the poor?" One of the panelists is named Jack (referencing longtime panelist Jack Germond).

Muppet Mentions

  • On the January 23, 1993 McLaughlin Group broadcast, referring to the recent inauguration of Bill Clinton, McLaughlin joked that regular panelist Jack Germond was recovering from being in the inaugural parade: "He was on the Sesame Street float. He was the Cookie Monster."
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