Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Bob Schieffer's Think Tank Song

Think Tank Watch has reported widely about the opening of the new headquarters of the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS).

But one of the most interesting developments is clearly television journalist Bob Schieffer and his band the Honky Tonk Confidential which performed a song called "CSIS is the Best" at a recent event to celebrate the think tank's new headquarters at 1616 Rhode Island Ave., NW.

A video of the performance can be watched here.  Think Tank Watch has transcribed the lyrics for the first part of the song, which in part takes swipes at other think tanks for being too politically polarized:
AEI will tell you what's right, Brookings will tell you what's left, but if you want the very best go to CSIS.  The Cato Institute's libertarian square root, Heritage Foundation's for a neocon nation, what does that mean for Newt.  The Council on Foreign Relations, makes lofty observations, ditto Wilson Center and Carnegie, they don't (inaudible)...But that is them and this is us, what rhythms with best - CSIS.
The full video runs three minutes and 48 seconds.

Bob Schieffer hosts a monthly series of discussions on public policy and the media at CSIS called the CSIS-Schieffer School Dialogues.  It is a partnership between CSIS and The Schieffer School of Journalism at Texas Christian University (TCU) in Fort Worth, Texas.

Here is what Wikipedia has to say about Honky Tonk Confidential.

Some think tanks actually have a long tradition of songs, as was reported several years ago.  (Well, more specifically, "fight songs."