One is really surprised to see some of our truly seasoned politicians, analysts and journalists sitting obediently like lambs in front a young damsel (admittedly a pretty one, even though a third their age) in daily talk shows. Some of them are led by her to follow a course of discussion so obviously favouring an opposing party or a personality. Still more agonizing is the way she cuts them in the midst of an important argument for that once-too-often commercial break. The way the anchor observes these innumerable breaks, even at the cost of coherence, clearly shows the whole talk show is arranged for commercials only and not for any serious thought-provoking discussion. -COL. (Retd) RIAZ JAFRI, Rawalpindi, via e-mail, April 15.