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Sunday Talking Heads: April 10, 2011


How do they do it?  How do they manage to become more absurd every week?

Not one guest who can critique the budget issue from the left.  No one will explain what this means for the economy.  No one who will dare say anything about the difference between what just happened and what polls say Americans wanted.  Almost no women.  Numerous hacks.  One decent economist from FT [Financial Times], but interviewed by Zakaria, who often gets everything backwards.  The only suspense is what James Baker will say about Greece, knowing that Wolf will follow him — assuming that’s the sequence.

CBS continues to be an unmitigated wasteland.  Do they not know what an embarrassment they are?

On NBC, between Plouffe and Paul Ryan, there will be so much gibberish and misinformation it may set back public understanding for months.  Fortunately no one watches.

Sunday’s talk shows have become a menace to the premise of democracy.  What if we just had a statement each week, “NBC does not have anyone worth watching this week, for the 17th straight week.”  — Scarecrow

We do have Wendall Potter hosting FDL Book Salon today. And tomorrow night, Lisa Derrick’s Movie Night features the Armadillo, about soldiers in Afghanistan. Plus, Jay Rosen and Stuart Zechman are Virtually Speaking.

Washington Journal.

ABC’s This Week: White House Senior Adviser David Plouffe. Then, Rep. Mike Pence (R-IN) and Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-MD). Roundtable: George Will, interim DNC Chairwoman Donna Brazile, Thomson-Reuters’ Chrystia Freeland, and National Journal’s Ron Brownstein. Plus, Robert Redford.

CBS’ Face The Nation: Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY), Democratic Conference Vice Chair and Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL), Senate Budget Committee Ranking Member.

Chris Matthews.

CNN’s State of the Union: White House Senior Adviser David Plouffe. Then, Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Rep. Jeb Hensarling (R-TX). Followed by former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, the Quartet Representative to the Middle East. It all ends with Donald Trump.

Fareed Zakaria – GPS: Budget: “Fareed’s take is that [Rep. Paul] Ryan is to be commended for trying to tackle entitlements, but says unfortunately the plan just won’t work.”  Then, James Baker “weighs in on how the Obama administration is handling the Middle East, what’s keeping the U.S.’s economy from becoming like Greece’s, and what Ronald Reagan would think of the Tea Party.”  Followed by the Financial Times columnist Martin Wolf with his “relatively rosy outlook for the United States and world economy.”  And more.

Fox News Sunday: White House Senior Adviser David Plouffe. Majority leader Rep. Eric Cantor (R-VA)Roundtable: Brit Hume, Mara Liasson, Bill Kristol, Juan Williams.

NBC’s Meet The Press: White House Senior Adviser David Plouffe. Then, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI). Roundtable: Chairman and CEO of the Special Olympics, Tim Shriver; host of CNBC’s Mad Money Jim Cramer; New York Times White House Correspondent Helene Cooper; and NBC News Chief White House Correspondent and Political Director, Chuck Todd.

Newsmakers: Republican National Committee Chair Reince Priebus joined C-SPAN’s Newsmakers to discuss the state of the RNC and  party efforts going into the 2012 Presidential Election. …

Q & A: Melissa Lee of CNBC. She hosts several daily programs for the network including “Fast Money,” “Fast Money Halftime Report,” “Options Actions,” and a new program “Money in Motion.” …

Religion & Ethics.

60 Minutes: The Murder of Louis Allen – Steve Kroft’s 18-month investigation into a 47-yr.old murder in a Mississippi town sheds light on an unsolved civil rights killing near the top of the FBI’s list. The Library – No one is allowed to borrow from the Vatican Library, except the pope. And no wonder: the archive holds some of the oldest and most precious works of art and treasure known to man. Albert Pujols – His big bat has made the St. Louis Cardinals’ slugger one of the top 10 players in baseball history. But to people with Down syndrome and the poor of his native Dominican Republic that he helps, he means a lot more than home runs and RBI.

To The Contrary: Topics : 1- The rise of the majority-minority; 2- Abortion rights, the federal budget, and the future of Roe v. Wade; 3- Phyllis Schlafly on what she calls the flip side of feminism. Panelists: Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC); Conservative Commentator Dana White; Progressive Commentator Patricia Sosa; and Concerned Women for America President Wendy Wright.

Univision’s Al Punto: Alejandro Toledo, Peruvian Presidential Candidate “Peru Posible;” Alvaro Vargas Llosa, Author and Expert on Latin American Affairs; Maria Cardona, Democratic Strategist; Helen Aguirre, Republican Analyst; Arnoldo Torres, Expert on Hispanic Issues; Maná, Mexican Rock Band.

Virtually Speaking: Stuart Zechman and Jay Rosen discuss the nature of journalism in America, the state of the Village, and recent developments in news reporting, in a special extended edition. 6pm.

C-SPAN’s Book TV.

FDL Book Salon: The Whistleblower’s Handbook: A Step-by-Step Guide to Doing What’s Right and Protecting Yourself.  Chat with Stephen Kohn about his new book and The Whistleblowers Protection Blog. Hosted by Wendell Potter, 5pm ET.

FDL Movie Night Monday: Armadillo “is a journey into the soldier’s mind and a unique film on the mythological story of man and war, staged in its contemporary version in Afghanistan.”

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