Sunday Talking Heads: May 8, 2011
Happy Mother’s Day! May your flowers be fresh, your candy be chocolate, your breakfast in bed, and your children at home – with you.
Of course the topic on the network shows this morning is the death of Osama bin Laden. No surprise here, but the ratio of Bush officials to Obama officials on the Sunday shows this morning is 6 – 1. As Marcy notes, the torture apologists are out in force today. Will they be challenged? If only. *big heavin’ sigh*
Moving on, our friends Valerie Plame Wilson and her husband Joe host today’s FDL Book Salon: Apocalypse Never: Forging the Path to a Nuclear Weapon-Free World. Please join in at 5pm ET. Movie Night Monday presents Bag It with director Suzan Beraza. And don’t forget, David Dayen and Cliff Schecter are Virtually Speaking this evening at 9pm ET. Support progressive talk, tune in.
Sidenote: I include links to each show’s website with the listing. Oftentimes there is more information there, case in point this week is CBS’ Face The Nation, they have an interesting timeline on Rumsfeld’s appearances, check it out. And you just might find links to contacting each show to let them know what you think of their lineups — just sayin’.
ABC’s This Week: National Security Adviser Tom Donilon. Then, former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. Followed by Pakistan’s Ambassador to the U.S., Husain Haqqani. “Is Pakistan doing enough in the fight against al Qaeda, and does it deserve billions in U.S. aid?” Roundtable A: Jake Tapper, Martha Raddatz, Pierre Thomas, Christiane Amanpour, George Will. Roundtable B: Liz Cheney, Tom Ricks, Lawrence Wright.
CBS’ Face The Nation: Sen. John Kerry (D-MA) and former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld.
CNN’s State of the Union: National Security Adviser Tom Donilon. Followed by “questions surrounding Pakistan’s knowledge of Osama bin Laden’s whereabouts” with Sen. Richard Lugar (R-IN), Senate Foreign Relations Ranking Member. Then, Libya (and beyond) with NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen. Roundtable: former Congressman Tom Davis and former Obama White House aide Anita Dunn.
Chris Matthews: After bin Laden, What’s Our Biggest Threat Now? How Fast Can We Leave Afghanistan?
Fareed Zakaria – GPS: Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. Then, Gen. Michael Hayden (Ret.), he “headed up both the National Security Agency and the CIA for President George W. Bush.” Roundtable: Husain Haqqani, the Pakistani Ambassador to Washington, D.C.; Richard Haass, the President of the Council on Foreign Relations; Jugnu Mohsin, editor of Pakistan’s The Friday Times. And more.
Fox News Sunday: National Security Adviser Tom Donilon. Then, Dick Cheney. Roundtable: Bill Kristol, Mara Liasson, Paul Gigot, Juan Williams.
NBC’s Meet The Press: National Security Adviser Tom Donilon. Then, Rudy Giuliani, Michael Chertoff, Michael Hayden. Roundtable: Bob Woodward, Katty Kay, Doris Kearns Goodwin, Mike Murphy. “What does the successful operation say about Obama and the future of his presidency?”
Newsmakers: President and CEO of the American Petroleum Institute, Jack Gerard. Lawmakers are becoming concerned about the rising prices of gasoline as the summer approaches. This upcoming week, the House is expected to consider at least two bills dedicated to increasing the quantity of domestic oil drilling. Jack Gerard joins Newsmakers to give his thoughts on Congress’ and the Obama administration’s energy policies…
Q & A: To be announced.
60 Minutes: President Obama – President Obama gives his first and only interview since the killing of Osama bin Laden to “60 Minutes.” The president will reveal to Steve Kroft for the first time his thoughts as he watched and listened from the Situation Room of the White House as the commando-style raid on bin Laden’s compound unfolded.
To The Contrary: Topics: 1- LGBT community & adoption rights; 2- Will focusing on abortion now hurt Republicans in 2012? 3- Immigration’s impact on the health care system. Panelists: Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC), Genevieve Wood; Debra Carnahan, Tara Setmayer.
Univision’s Al Punto: Denis R. McDonough, Deputy National Security Advisor; Alberto Gonzales, Former Attorney General of the United States; Julian Castro, Mayor of San Antonio; Emilio Lovera, Venezuelan Humorist.
FDL’s Book Salon: Apocalypse Never: Forging the Path to a Nuclear Weapon-Free World. “On the wings of a brand new era in American history, Apocalypse Never makes the case that a comprehensive nuclear policy agenda from President Obama, one that fully integrates nonproliferation with disarmament, can both eliminate immediate nuclear dangers and set us irreversibly on the road to abolition.” Come meet with Tad Daley and hosts Valerie Plame Wilson and Joe Wilson. 5pm ET.
FDL Movie Night Monday: BAG IT with director Suzan Beraza. “What started as a documentary about plastic bags evolved into a wholesale investigation into plastics and their effect on our waterways, oceans, and even our bodies.” Speak up Monday, 8pm ET.