While jobs continue to be the single biggest issue with the American people, the network Sunday political shows did their best to avoid the topic and talk about just about everything else. So here’s a big shoutout to Chuck Todd and the entire team at NBC’s “Meet The Press.”
Mike Rowe, former host of Discovery Channel’s “Dirty Jobs,” joined the roundtable to discuss the value of work. And he told the gang that his show reached the same people as the Trump campaign.
“On ‘Dirty Jobs,’ the big lesson was there is an awful lot of people who are doing really important work, who nobody really pays affirmative attention to. And when we showed up and started to do that, the conversations that came out of that dynamic were really interesting.”
“And now, with the benefit of hindsight, somewhat prescient. You know, I mean we were hearing things back in 2004 and 2005,” Rowe continued.
So we have to continue to ask the question, why isn’t the media paying more attention? By nearly every metric, this is the reason Donald Trump was elected. Presidential historian Doris Kearns Goodwin certainly understands.
“Mr. Trump was able to tell the story to those people, saying, ‘I’m going to make America great again.’ Whether it’s real or not to bring back some of these manufacturing jobs, some of them may be, some may be automation. But he made people feel connected.”
If you have the time, you can watch the whole segment here. And here’s to more Sunday morning conversations like this.