Having moved his desk at MSNBC from his weekend UP show to the daily ALL IN, Chris Hayes appears to have settled in quickly. And told his audience that working weekday evenings is preferable to 8 a.m. (ESTt) on Saturdays and Sundays.
My concern was that his excellent format of three to four guest would change to one more like Rachel Maddow's show. Now I am a fan of Rachel also; the link is to her blog.
What Chris does in a very special way for me personally is fill a space for intelligent conversation among informed people--often with a person who is not of the progressive persuasion. The "space" is one my spouse and I often discuss: most of our social interactions are pretty light.
Happily, Chris has successfully retained his design from one many of his viewers appreciated and I think contributed to his success. So what was it on his table on the UP show, the view of which both surprised me and grossed me out?
Yes, those platefuls of sugary breakfast "treats." On one of his last UP shows, the subject was improving school lunches--not one of his finest. And I recall a remark, maybe from the visiting chef about the lackluster offerings on his table. Maybe at 8 a.m. (the actual time the show began in New York) some assistant producer thought guests and Chris needed this kind of fuel in addition to the coffee. Some fruit, nut bread loaves might have been too p.c. for this very politically correct show.
The set is entirely different at ALL IN-- slick glass desk and foodless. I'm with that.