Sunday Talking Heads: May 22, 2011
You know we have world-class book salons here, yesterday’s featured Bill Moyers, with Glenn Greenwald (can’t get world-classier than that!). Today we bring you Diane Winston and Diary of an Eco-Warrior. Also, don’t forget our movie nights, Monday Lisa showcases Our Summer in Tehran and filmmaker Justine Shapiro.
Seriously, where else but at Firedoglake can you find incisive analysis like Scarecrow’s gems? No holds barred.
Since the Israeli/Palestinian conflict was a major topic of the week, at least ABC’s This Week has two guests who actually know something about the topic. The rest of the shows couldn’t find anyone who wasn’t a paid advocate. We are left to wonder what “scandals” Cokie and Steve Roberts will talk about and why anyone cares what they think.
CBS continues to prove that its producers haven’t a clue what they’re doing. Why anyone would think that America cares about Newt Gingrich, who’s never done anything but be a malicious demagogue and run his party into the ground, remains a mystery. His only job now is to explain why the enormous foot in his mouth is not his, so it must be Rush Limbaugh’s. His strategy will be to change the subject.
NBC’s Meet the Press appears to believe that if Paul Ryan just keeps denying that his plan would kill Medicare as we know it, and that he may have blown it for Republicans, someone may believe him. The panel will then debate whether Paul Ryan is honest when he denies what we know to be true. It will be a split decision.
Fox News Sunday will interview an irrelevant politician most people don’t care about and Mitch McConnell, whom most people can’t stand and who has never answered a question he didn’t want to answer. A panel of dissers will follow, featuring disgusting Liz Cheney, dishonest Paul Gigot, the disingenuous Juan Williams and the distinctly clueless Evan Bayh. There’s a moral powerhouse for you.
Ms. Crowley’s CNN’s State of the Union somehow chose Dick Durbin, a man non-corporate Democrats do not trust, to talk about “bipartisanship” between the corporate wing of his party and the stupid wing of the other. Ordinary Americans should watch in fear, and then they get Dick Armey. The show will end with the Israeli Ambassador lamenting the fact that Obama did not bend over far enough for the Israeli right.
All in all, another dismal assortment of people from the Village television elites. Not one person will address the real problems facing the country nor have a clue what to do about them, but Village media won’t even notice.
He’d be a dream guest for any of these shows, don’t you think?
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ABC’s This Week: The former Special Envoy for Middle East Peace George Mitchell. Then, King Abdullah II of Jordan. Roundtable: George Will, Matthew Dowd, Donna Brazile, Jonathan Karl. Scandals Roundtable: the author of “Le Seduction” Elaine Sciolino, Michelle Cottle of “The Daily Beast” and “Newsweek,” and ABC’s Cokie Roberts and her husband, journalist Steve Roberts.
CBS’ Face The Nation: Newt Gingrich.
CNN’s State of the Union: Bipartisanship with Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL).Then, improving intelligence with Rep. Mike Rogers (R-AL) and Rep. Dutch Ruppersberger (D-MD). Plus 2012 politics with Dick Armey and former Biden chief of staff Ron Klain. Finally, Obama’s Middle East speech with the Israeli Ambassador to the United States, Michael Oren.
Fareed Zakaria – GPS: From Tahrir Square in Cairo, Egypt – Waleed Rashed, a spokesman for the April 6th youth movement, one of the key groups organizing protests in Tahrir Square. Sarah Abdelrahman, student activist and video blogger who was in Tahrir. Noor Ayman Nour, a law student active in the protests. Ragia Omran, a human rights activist and a lawyer helping defend the protestors against the military tribunals. Then, “what in the world has the revolution done to Egypt’s economy?” Plus, elections are planned for November, here are the presumed favorites, Amr Moussa, the outgoing Secretary-General of the Arab League and former Foreign Minister of Egypt and Mohamed Elbaradei, the former head of the International Atomic Energy Agency and Nobel Laureate. And more.
Fox News Sunday: Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain. Then, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY). Roundtable: Paul Gigot, Evan Bayh, Liz Cheney, Juan Williams.
NBC’s Meet The Press: House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI). Roundtable: Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), Mike Murphy, Andrea Mitchell, Eugene Robinson, Andrew Ross Sorkin.
Newsmakers: The doctor in charge of the Medicare program, Dr. Donald Berwick, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Administrator, talks about the alternative futures of Medicare under the Administration and under Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan’s plan to shift Medicare to more of a premium support and voucher system.
Q & A: David McCullough. This is the first of a two-part Q&A program focusing on his newest book “The Greater Journey: Americans in Paris.” The book focuses on a group of Americans who spent time living in Paris between 1830 and 1900 to study, work, and further their vocation…
Religion & Ethics. Including coverage of the new clergy sex abuse study released this week.
60 Minutes: Ex-teammate testified on Lance Armstrong and EPO – George Hincapie is among three ex-teammates who have told federal authorities they used banned substances and saw Armstrong use them too. DeVecchio and “The Grim Reaper” – Former FBI agent Lin DeVecchio talks about his relationship with mob informant Greg Scarpa, also known as “The Grim Reaper.” U.S. v. Drake – Tom Drake, a former NSA senior executive indicted last year for espionage after leaking to the media allegations that the nation’s largest intelligence organization had committed fraud, waste and abuse will appear in his first television interview.
To The Contrary: Topics: 1- Tough job market for new college grads–lower pay for women; 2-France’s attitude towards sexual assaults on women; 3- Are all women natural full-time mothers? Panelists: Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC), Erin Matson, Genevieve Wood, Mercy Viana Schlapp.
Univision’s Al Punto: Anders Fogh Rasmussen, NATO Secretary General; Charles Luoma-Overstreet, Press Advisor and Spokesperson, Western Hemisphere Affairs at U.S. Department of State; Armande Gil, Immigrant Affected by Diversity Immigrant Visa Program Computer Glitch; Mony Ruiz-Velasco, Director of Legal Services, National Immigrant Justice Center; Raquel Gomez, Transgender Immigrant who Filed Complaint for Alleged Abuse at Detention Center; Julio Ligorria, Political Consultant and Analyst.
Virtually Speaking: Chicago Dyke and CS Kendrick dissect the content, omissions and distortions of the Sunday morning MSM talking heads.
FDL’s Book Salon: Diary of an Eco-Outlaw: An Unreasonable Woman Breaks the Law for Mother Earth. On “becoming a world-class activist against corporate injustice, war, and environmental crimes.” Chat with Diane Wilson, hosted by Josh Nelson. 5pm ET.
FDL’s Movie Night Monday: Our Summer in Tehran. “Justine, a Jewish-American filmmaker and former host of the travel series GlobeTrekker, takes her 6-year-old son Mateo with her to Tehran where they spend the summer.” Come chat with filmmaker Justine Shapiro and host Lisa Derrick.