Life After Cable News - Dylan Ratigan

  • Aired:  05/21/13
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Al Madrigal questions former MSNBC pundit Dylan Ratigan about leaving cable news for the less angry world of hydroponic farming. (5:39)

>> Jon: WELCOME BACK.

CABLE NEWS, CABLE NEWS, IT'S

LOUD, IT'S VAPID BUT AT

LEAST IT'S AVAILABLE-- WHAT

MORE COULD ANYONE WANT AL

MADRIGAL HAS THE SHOCKING

END.

>> EASY ACCESS TO FRESH AND

HEALTHY FOOD IS A CHALLENGE

FOR MILLIONS OF AMERICANS.

BUT SOME FARMERS IN SOUTHERN

CALIFORNIA THINK THEY HAVE

SOLVED THE PROBLEM BY USING

HYDROPONICS.

AN THEY'RE EVEN EMPLOYING

U.S. VETERANS TO DO IT.

>> WE'RE ABLE TO DELIVER A

MUCH MORE NUTRITIOUS, FASTER

GROWING, TASTIER AND MORE

ROBUST --

>> WAIT A SECOND.

HOLD ON.

I THINK I KNOW THIS GUY'S

BLOATED ANGRIER BROTHER.

>> THIS IS NOT SOME OPINION.

THIS IS A MATHEMATICAL FACT.

ARE YOU WASTING VALUABLE

OXYGEN.

>> CAN WE PLEASE CUT OFF

THIS MAN'S MICROPHONE.

HE HAS NO INTENTION OF

ANSWERING MY QUESTIONS.

>> NO, THAT IS I DID LAN MAD

I AGAIN FROM MSNBC.

BUT WHAT HE IS DOING HERE?

>> THERE WAS VERY LITTLE

INCENTIVE OR DESIRE FROM THE

LEFT OR RIGHT WING MEDIA

APPARATUS TO ACTUALLY

RESOLVE ANY PROBLEMS.

IT BECAME APPARENT THAT

THERE WAS MORE VALUE IN

WORKING WITH VETERANS TO

DEPLOY A HIGH TECHNOLOGY

HYDROPONIC ORGANIC FARMING

SYSTEM THAN THERE WAS IN

PARTICIPANTING IN A HOLLOW

POLITICAL DEBATE.

>> SO YOU THINK MAKING A

FARM THAT EMPLOYS VETERANS

IS MORE FULFILLING THAN

CABLE NEWS?

>> THAT'S CORRECT.

>> IT IS LIKE THE INCREDIBLE

HULK.

NO ONE CARES ABOUT

BILL --BY.

I WANT TO SEE YOU POUNDING

YOUR FIST ON THE DESK,

YELLING AT SOME BLOND CHICK.

>> WHY SIT AROUND ARGUING

WITH PEOPLE IN A CIRCLE WHEN

WE COULD ACTUALLY BE

BUILDING GREENHOUSES

CREATING JOBS.

>> I CAN STOP YOU THERE?

THIS DOESN'T FEEL RIGHT.

YOU CAN BRING THAT IN,

PLEASE?

>> THANKS.

>> NASS'S BETTER.

WE CAN TALK LIKE NORMAL

PEOPLE NOW.

>> WE'RE ON A FARM.

>> TRUST ME, I WORK IN

TELEVISION, YOU DON'T, ANY

MORE.

>> EVEN HIS FORMER

COLLEAGUES CAN'T BELIEVE

WHAT HE'S TURNING HIS BACK

ON.

>> WHAT WOULD POSSESS AN

ANCHOR OF A DAILY TELEVISION

PROGRAM TO WALK AWAY FROM

ALL HIS APPARENT SUCCESS.

>> BUT DE WALK AWAY.

AND IT WAS SHOCKING JUST HOW

FAR HE HAD FALLEN.

>> WAIT A SECOND, ARE THOSE

[BLEEP].

>> YES, THEY ARE.

>> WHAT'S WRONG WITH YOU.

>> WHAT'S WRONG WITH CROCK.

>> NOTHING IF YOU ARE THREE.

ARE YOU A GROWN MAN.

>> WHAT IF I WAS BAREFOOT,.

>> FLIP A COIN.

>> WHAT KIND OF [BLEEP] AM

I?

>> IT WAS BECOMING CLEAR,

SINCE HE CHECKED OUT OF HIS

OLD LIFE HE HAD FORGOTTEN

EVERYTHING THAT TRULY

MATTERS.

>> BASICALLY WHAT YOU ARE

LOOKING AT IS A SYSTEM THAT

USE 90% LESS WATER, GROWS

THREE TIMES AS MUCH FOOD AT

THREE TIMES AS QUICKLY.

>> WHAT ABOUT THE OTHER SIDE

OF THAT ISSUE, WHAT DO THOSE

PEOPLE THINK?

>> WHAT DOW MEAN OTHER SIDE.

>> THE SIDE THAT DISAGREES

WITH WHATEVER YOU ARE SAYING.

>> WE'RE ACTUALLY JOINED BY

KEITH MYERS FROM LOVIT,

TEXAS WHO IS A PLUMBER

AND-- WATER ALL THE TIME.

KEITH WA, DO YOU THINK ABOUT

DYLAN'S PLAN FOR A WATERLESS

SOCIETY.

>> BEING A PLUMBER I MAKE MY

LIVING OFF WATER.

YOU TAKE AWAY THE WATER, YOU

TAKE AWAY MY JOB.

>> YEAH, I DON'T THINK

THERE'S ACTUALLY AN ISSUE.

THERE IS A MEANINGFUL WATER

SHORTAGE AROUND THE WORLD.

AND WHAT WE'RE DOING IS

CREATING JOBNESS.

>> I WILL HAVE TO STOP YOU

THERE, WE TAKE A QUICK BREAK

WITH MORE ON THE WATER ISSUE,

YOU ARE WATCHING TBS 247.

>> BLOEP BLOEP.

>> STEP UP.

BRING IT.

FARMING IS [BLEEP] WITH YOUR

HEAD.

>> AND OLD McDONALD HAD

PLENTY OF CRITIQUES FOR THE

STATE OF CABLE NEWS.

>> TOO FOCUSED ON FEELINGS

AND NOT FOCUSED ENOUGH ON

FACT.

THE SAME PUNDITS THAT SORT

OF ECHO WHAT THEY THINK,

THEY WILL USE PANELS TO

BASICALLY TO MAKE THE

AUDIENCE FEEL THAT THERE ARE

PEOPLE LIKE THEM THAT --

>> TRUE, LET'S FIND OUT.

>> I LIKE THE PANELS BECAUSE

IT'S LIKE A TEAM SPORT.

I'M THERE TO ROOT FOR MY

TEAM.

>> I LIKE TO KNOW OTHER

VIEWPOINTS, AND IT MAKES ME

FEEL USUALLY THAT I'M RIGHT.

AND I ALSO GET BORED IF IT'S

JUST ONE PERSON TALKING.

>> SO THIS PANEL IS PRO

PANEL.

>> ABSOLUTELY.

>> YEAH.

>> YES.

>> DESPITE ALL THE EVIDENCE,

HE MAINTAINS HE MADE THE

RIGHT DECISION.

>> I FIND THE WORK AS I SAID

TO BE INCREDIBLY FULFILLING.

>> BUT IS HE TELLING THE

TRUTH?

>> WE'RE JOINED BY BODY

LANGUAGE EXPERT NOVA REID.

NOVA, DO YOU THINK DYLAN

HERE IS TRULY FULFILLED?

>> HIS BODY LANGUAGE IS

LEANING FORWARD, HIS

SHOULDERS ARE SLIGHTLY

JOSTLING FROM SIDE TO SIDE.

SOMEBODY THAT FULFILLED,

THEIR BODY LANGUAGED IS

LEANING BACK.

>> MORE RELAXED.

>> DYLAN WHAT DO YOU THINK.

>> I THINK I WAS WALKING UP

A HILL.

SO I LEAN BACK ON THE HILL I

WILL FALL DOWN, I HAVE TO

LEAN FORWARD TO WALK UP THE

HILL.

>> SHE'S THE EXPERT.

>> NOT FULFILLED, MAN.

>> WALKING UP A HILL, BRO.

>> IN THE END, WE ALL HAVE

TO REALIZE THAT IT'S THE

AUDIENCE WHO CALLS THE

SHOTS.

>> SO SHOW OF HANDS, HOW

MANY PEOPLE WANT TO SEE

DYLAN BACK ON TELEVISION?

>> THAT GUY [BLEEP] HATES

YOU.

>> BUT DON'T WORRY, FARMER,

IF YOU EVER GET TIRED OF

HIRING VETERANS AND FIXING

WORLD HUNGER, JUST REMEMBER

THIS GUY IS OUT THERE,

WAITING FOR ANOTHER SHOT.

>> AL MADRIGAL,

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