Flip D. Chanel, the Hempwallace TV observer, votes the award for most depressing television show of 2006 to (naw, it's not the Bill O'Reilly toxic waste dump) the "Moyers on America" show that aired earlier this week on AETN and PBS.
The award is given not because of the revelations of pervasive criminal activity involving lobbyists and members of Congress but because of the discussion that followed the documentary portion of the show.
In the discussion both Norm Ornstein, the veteran D.C. observer, and Thomas Frank, the fellow who wrote the book, "What's the Matter With Kansas," talked about how the culture of corruption is worse than they've seen in the three decades Ornstein has been in the capital.
Here's the depressing part: Both agreed that, even if widespread and vigorous reforms were to begin as early as November 8, it's not likely the criminal corruption could be reined back in within our lifetimes.
Pass the Zoloft.