I'm a little surprised that Q & A doesn't get mentioned here more often, though I do note that Vanstone, who was a guest on the show last night, was quoted and subsequently commented about in the Gillard thread today.
I was only ever an occasional watcher until this year, but I don't miss it now. I'm fully aware of the leanings of the network, the leanings of the host, and the tokenism of the panels that disguise balance (usually, but seated in any order, right wing polly, leftie polly, journo, ethnic or koorie, arty farty, and someone from an interest group such as IPA or similar).
It is the closest that many viewers will ever get to hear people like that in the flesh, and it is a welcome change to the sound bite of scripted spin that makes the nightly news. Last nights panel, for a change, had virtually zero argument amongst itself and each guest was respectful of the others opinion, even if they didn't totallly agree with each other (contrast that with a certain Mr B Joyce from last week; he just can't help himself). Last night, I loved the eloquence of Grabowsky, the colourfulness of Steyn, but most surprisingly for me, the candour of Vanstone. When she was getting around Parliament House I was far less interested in politics than what I am now, and can remember little more about her than the constant caricatures of her in the daily rags. Personally, I think the Libs need her more than ever, based on the way she engaged the audience and her fellow panellists last night.
But, about Q & A itself: How many of you watch it? Do you find it as compulsive as me? Do you think the panels smack of tokenism, or are they genuinely balanced? Do you find the questions from the audience, although predictable, interesting and deep enough? Do the Tweets annoy you? Is Q & A worthy?