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Sunday Talking Head Thread


Here’s the lineup for the Sunday Talking Head shows.  Read it and weep:

ABC’s "This Week" — Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, R-Tenn.; New Jersey Senate candidates Sen. Bob Menendez, D-N.J., and Republican Tom Kean Jr.

CBS’s "Face the Nation" — Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz.

NBC’s "Meet the Press"  — Former President Clinton; Afghan President Hamid Karzai; John Danforth, former senator and U.N. ambassador.

CNN’s "Late Edition" — Karzai; Sen. Arlen Specter, R-Pa.; Rep. Jane Harman, D-Calif.; Iraqi President Jalal Talibani; Alexander Haig, former secretary of state; Richard Holbrooke, former U.N. ambassador.

"Fox News Sunday" — Former President Clinton; Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C.; Dr. JoGayle Howard, National Zoo panda doctor.

In case you missed it, Crooks and Liars has some footage of Chris Wallace’s smarmy attempt at CYA damage control for the Clinton interview from yesterday.  Funny, no mention of the fact that Wallace welched on the deal that he and Faux News made to get the Clinton interview, wherein the topic of the first half of the interview was to be the Global Initiative conference that had just concluded (which, btw, Wallace’s boss Rupert Murdoch attended, and pledged a bunch of money to as well). 

Wallace welched.  His producers allowed him to do so so they could milk the footage for ratings.  And now Faux News is trying to cover their no journalistic ethics asses by portraying President Clinton as "crazed" for calling them out on the fact that they are liars who can’t be trusted to live up to their hollow word.  (ThinkProgress got a screen grab of the "crazed" label they were running with until they got called on it.  Pathetic.)

So, to re-cap:  You are Chris Wallace.  You make a deal.  You break the deal.  The person with whom the deal was struck calls you on it.  You call him "crazed," even though you are the welcher.  And then you wonder why people question your lack of journalistic integrity.  (Crap "journalism," alive and well.  Faux news.)

Amusing story for you guys.  I hear from President Clinton’s press secretary Jay Carson that after the interview Wallace literally ran — RAN — out of the building after the taping was completed.  Jay had to chase him out of the building to try and talk with him about Wallace’s craptastic lack of ethics the interview.  Pa.the.tic.  

Next time someone wants to play chicken shit bingo, I’ll suggest they call Chris Wallace.

It is probably too much to hope that Jack Danforth will discuss the immorality of the so-called "torture compromise" on MtP, but we’ll see whether it’s politician or the right reverand who shows up this morning.  Looks like McCain and Graham are pimping out their newfound spelunking credentials on the Sunday circuit as well.  Here’s hoping there aren’t any more issues to cave on of national import between now and the end of the week when the rubber stamp Republican Congress is giving itself yet another chunk of vacation.  

Oh yeah, wait, the GOP leadership has scheduled all of the budgetary items for defense and homeland security this week to make themselves look tough and big on security.  Guess we oughtn’t expect any accountability on war profiteering this week, eh?

Today’s bird is a turkey.  (No particular reason, why do you ask?)

PS — Have I mentioned lately how much I love Digby?

PPS — Welcome to the folks that KLo sent scurrying over from the Corner.  Just to clarify, I did something that I find useful in a contested fact situation — I went to the source and asked questions.  The information provided above by the Clinton Press Secretary was provided at my asking.  Unlike some folks, I neither take nor follow marching orders.  Thanks.

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Christy Hardin Smith

Christy Hardin Smith

Christy is a "recovering" attorney, who earned her undergraduate degree at Smith College, in American Studies and Government, concentrating in American Foreign Policy. She then went on to graduate studies at the University of Pennsylvania in the field of political science and international relations/security studies, before attending law school at the College of Law at West Virginia University, where she was Associate Editor of the Law Review. Christy was a partner in her own firm for several years, where she practiced in a number of areas including criminal defense, child abuse and neglect representation, domestic law, civil litigation, and she was an attorney for a small municipality, before switching hats to become a state prosecutor. Christy has extensive trial experience, and has worked for years both in and out of the court system to improve the lives of at risk children.

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