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Matt Lauer, Glenn Beck, Regis Philben, Meredith Viera: play the media shuffleboard game!


(Clockwise from top left: Meredith Vieira, Regis Philben, Glenn Beck and Matt Lauer.)

Yes, the national security team will be going through a major reshuffling in the ranks. Robert M. Gates, the defense secretary; Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff; Gen. David H. Petraeus, commander of international forces in Afghanistan; and Karl W. Eikenberry, the U.S. ambassador to Kabul, will be retiring or moving jobs, and will likely trigger other depatures.

But who cares?

Matt Lauer may leave the “Today” show!

Sorry, national security team. It’s not just Lauer that’s stealing the spotlight. Wednesday Glenn Beck announced his departure from Fox News. Tuesday, speculation swirled that Meredith Vieira would also leave “Today.” Katie Couric may be leaving “CBS Evening News” and Regis Philbin is definitely leaving “Live with Regis and Kelly.”

Who needs a defense group reshuffle when the media reshuffle is just so much more fun a dance?

For “Today” fans, the news may sting a bit that they could lose two stars, but really, when an anchor loses a news show, she or he doesn’t die. They just move to a new network. Glenn Beck won’t stop weeping; he’ll just find a new place to dry his tears. Regis may claim he’s retiring, but he’s only retiring from one show. You know he’s going to be showing up on the Oprah Network or someplace else that loves old men who dress in drag.

So, let’s play the media reshuffle game. Where should these network faces go? And who should take over for them?

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