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Sunday Talking Heads: June 12, 2011

Scarecrow, at home (photo: EAWB)

Scarecrow sez:

“Once again, ABC comes closest to having one or two people, starting with Robert Reich, who inhabit the real world and can speak intelligently about the economic issues of concern to the public. ABC slips by asking its panel to talk about Newt’s campaign, which no one cares about, but if you have a silly panel, they might as well discuss something silly. ABC’s final issue, women in politics, is as least worth discussing. No other show comes close.

“NBC, CNN and Fox continue chasing the Tea-GOP clown cars. Does anyone care about the Tea-GOP “debate” on Monday? [No.] Is there any point is watching the two party heads exchange talking points? [No.] Do their producers honestly believe the American people care one whit about Tim Pawlenty, who proved his non-seriousness by offering a pony, a unicorn and an implausible 5% growth rate as the solution for depression-like demand and 9.1% unemployment? And they care even less for the ridiculous Rick Santorum. Turn them off.

“Once again, CBS remains completely irrelevant and two months behind, featuring flim-flam man Paul Ryan, who blew his credibility by shooting his party in the foot with a phony budget and dishonest proposal to end Medicare, which he’ll no doubt lie about again. Wake up, CBS, he’s a fraud and he’s done, so stop wasting our time. And at a time when sentient Democrats are beginning to realize that following Obama as he chases Tea-GOPs deficit hysterics around Joe Biden’s dining table is the opposite of what they should be doing, CBS invites the conservaDem most identified with the wrong strategy. Do they not realize that the debate is between the D.C. consensus and the ignored rest of the country? And can we have just one week without one of the three scolds? Just shut it down, CBS.

“But don’t miss David Ignatius, who’s written a novel about war crimes without knowing it, and Henry Kissinger, who’s a war criminal but doesn’t admit it, appearing with CNN’s Zakaria.  If you can stand that, you get credit for two episodes of CSI.”

Washington Journal.

ABC’s This Week: Economy Roundtable:  Former Clinton Labor Secretary Robert Reich, author of “Aftershock: The Next Economy and America’s Future;” Chairman/CEO of MF Global Inc. Jon Corzine, who is also the former governor of New Jersey and former Chairman/CEO of Goldman Sachs; ranking member of the Senate Banking Committee Sen. Richard Shelby (R-AL); and ABC News senior political correspondent Jonathan Karl. Political Roundtable: The Gingrich campaign. Donna Brazile, Peggy Noonan, Jake Tapper, George Will. Then, “women and power” with ABC News’ Claire Shipman, co-author of “Womenomics,” former Assistant Pentagon Press Secretary Torie Clarke, and Cecilia Attias, former wife of French President Nicolas Sarkozy.

CBS’ Face the Nation: House Budget Chairman Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI), House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (D-MD), Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC).

CNN’s State of the Union: On the eve of the first New Hampshire Republican Presidential Candidates debate, live from Manchester, NH. Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) and Rep. Charlie Bass (R-NH). Then, “New Hampshire’s father and son pair,” Fmr. Governor John H. Sununu and Fmr. Senator John E. Sununu. Plus, Philip Rucker of The Washington Post and Neil King of the Wall Street Journal.

Chris Matthews: Tough New Signs America Won’t Recover Soon: Can President Obama Still Win? Is Talking To The Taliban the Way Out of Afghanistan?

Fareed Zakaria – GPS: The race to the White House in 2012. Roundtable: Eliot Spitzer; Ann Coulter; Reuters Global Editor-at-Large Chrystia Freeland; and the British historian Andrew Roberts. Then, Former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, the author of a new book On China. Plus, Washington Post columnist David Ignatius on spies and spying. “His new novel Bloodmoney weaves a frantic story spanning the worlds of the CIA and the mysterious ISI.  Where does fact end and fiction begin?”

Fox News Sunday: Presidential Candidate Tim Pawlenty. Roundtable: Brit Hume, Mara Laisson, Bill Kristol, and Juan Williams re-do the Gingrich campaign.

NBC’s Meet the Press: “The first debate between Democratic National Committee Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz and Republican National Committee Chair Reince Priebus.”  Then, Republican presidential candidate Rick SantorumRoundtable: Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed (D), GOP strategist Mike Murphy, author and MSNBC political analyst Richard Wolffe, and Wall Street Journal columnist Kim Strassel.

Newsmakers: Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN). “The third highest ranking Republican in the Senate joined C-SPAN’s Newsmakers to discuss the budget and domestic issues.”…

Q & A: Pierre Thomas, Senior Justice Correspondent for ABC News. This program features some of the stories Mr. Thomas has worked on for ABC including the death of Osama bin Laden and the shooting of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords. …

Religion & Ethics.

60 Minutes: Designing Life – Famous microbiologist Craig Venter, whose scientists have already mapped the human genome and created what he calls “the first synthetic species.”  The N-Word – A Southern publisher’s sanitized edition of “Huckleberry Finn” that replaces the N-word with “slave” over 200 times is the focal point for a debate on the use of the controversial word in American society. The King’s Speech – “60 Minutes” talks to its starring actor, Colin Firth, and reports on the historic find in an attic that helped make the “The King’s Speech” an Oscar favorite.

To the Contrary: Immigration and Population Special.

Univision’s Al Punto: Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA); General Otto Perez Molina, Guatemala Presidential Candidate, “Partido Patriota”; Ollanta Humala, President-elect of Peru; Franco de Vita, Venezuelan Singer and Songwriter.

Virtually Speaking: Susie Madrak, John Amato, Dave Neiwart9pm ET.

C-SPAN’s Book TV.

FDL Book Salon: Witness to an Extreme Century: A Memoir.  “In this long-awaited memoir, Lifton charts the adventurous and constantly surprising course of his fascinating life journey, a journey that took him from what a friend of his called a “Jewish Huck Finn childhood” in Brooklyn to friendships with many of the most influential intellectuals, writers, and artists of our time—from Erik Erikson, David Riesman, and Margaret Mead, to Howard Zinn and Kurt Vonnegut, Stanley Kunitz, Kenzaburo Oe, and Norman Mailer.”  Come join Robert Jay Lifton and host Jeff Kaye, 5pm ET.

FDL Movie Night: Battle For Brooklyn “is an intimate look at the very public and passionate fight waged by residents and business owners of Brooklyn’s historic Prospect Heights neighborhood facing condemnation of their property to make way for the polarizing Atlantic Yards project, a massive plan to build 16 skyscrapers and a basketball arena for the New Jersey Nets.” Come chat, 8pm ET.

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