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Sunday Talking Heads: July 8, 2012

Black-backed Kingfisher, little cutie (photo: Kho Hong Hill / wikipedia)

Isn’t this the cutest birdie ever? And good day to you all. May the force be with you – and cooling.

From our man Scarecrow, the force of sanity:

Finally. NBC implicitly concedes that the people it typically invites as guests on Meet the Press are less important to it’s viewers than the 8th stage or so of a French bicycle race. They are correct. ABC and CBS then prove beyond all reasonable doubt that NBC’s judgment applies universally. Haley Barbour? Bobby Jindal? But wait, someone has an exclusive interview with John McCain, who is investigating American foreign policy from a casino off the French Riviera.

Earth to media: these are the clowns who are ruining the country. Jindal thinks the purpose of his state is to let oil companies destroy the Gulf and to subsidize private conservative Christian schools so kids can be trained to be ignorant and hate poor people. Barbour presided over one of the most backwards states in the country. Without federal bailouts, they’d barely survive, let alone compete against emerging economies. These people are the spokesmen of failure and race to the bottom. How is it possible the network producers do not know this?

To which our friend Marcy replies:

Perhaps fostering that vision of America is what the media is paid for?

It’s clear, by about the bajillionith week of measure, there’s no room for intelligent women (or even Bachmann) to comment on the events of the day, either.

Here are those listings (thank goodness for Chris Hayes):

Washington Journal.

ABC’s This Week:  Terry Moran hosts.  Jobs – Obama supporter and Democratic Governors Association chair Gov. Martin O’Malley (D-MD) and Romney supporter and potential vice presidential nominee Gov. Bobby Jindal (R-LA). Roundtable: George Will, E.J. Dionne, Gwen Ifill, Steven Rattner, Mort Zuckerman.

CBS’ Face the Nation:  Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), from Monaco.  Then, Assistant Majority Leader Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL), and former Mississippi Gov. and former RNC Chair Haley BarbourRoundtable: Jan Crawford, Norah O’Donnell, John Dickerson. Plus, baseball! with Doris Kearns Goodwin, Frank Deford, Jayson Stark.

Chris Hayes:  Bill McKibben (@billmckibben), author of “Eaarth: Making a Life on a Tough New Planet” and founder of, a global grassroots environmental movement to solve the climate crisis. Eric Klinenberg (@EricKlinenberg), professor of sociology at New York University and author of “Heat Wave: A Social Autopsy of Disaster in Chicago.” Thomas Mann and Norman Ornstein, authors of “It’s Even Worse Than It Looks: How the American Constitutional System Collided with the New Politics of Extremism.” Mann is senior fellow for governance studies and the W. Averell Harriman Chair at the Brookings Institution. Ornstein is a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute. Joan Walsh (@joanwalsh), MSNBC political analyst and Salon’s editor-at-large. Esther Armah (@estherarmah), playwright and author, host of “Wake Up Call” on WBAI-FM. Stephen Moore, Wall Street Journal editorial board senior economics writer, and the former president of the Club for Growth.

Chris Matthews:  ?

CNN’s State of the Union:  Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell.  Then, Obama Campaign Senior Adviser Robert Gibbs. Also, former CBO director Douglas Holtz-Eakin and Mark Zandi, Chief Economist for Moody’s Analytics. Finally, former New Jersey Senator Bill Bradley.

Fareed Zakaria – GPS:   Europe, Syria and America with Kishore Mahbubani, Anne Applebaum, Mark Malloch-Brown, and Dominique Moïsi.  Mexico’s future, China’s demographic problem and America’s unemployment crisis. Presumptive president-elect Enrique Peña Nieto.  Then, jobs.

Moyers & Company:  Is Labor A Lost Cause? Exploring if unions can rebound and once again act strongly in the interest of ordinary workers.

NBC’s Meet the Press:  Watch instead the Tour de France.

Newsmakers:  The President of the American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees Lee Saunders, who was recently elected as the first African-American President of AFSCME, joins us this week on Newsmakers. Mr. Lee discusses his plans for the union, the upcoming Presidential election and other related issues.

Q & A:  Author and former commanding officer of the USS Cole, Kirk Lippold, discusses his new historical narrative titled “Front Burner: Al Qaeda’s Attack on the USS Cole.” Lippold recounts the events surrounding the attack which occurred October 12, 2000 at a refueling stop in the port of Aden in Yemen…

Religion & Ethics.

60 Minutes:  A Lobbyist’s Playbook –  Jack Abramoff, the ex-lobbyist and now ex-convict at the center of the biggest Washington corruption scandal in decades gives his first television interview to Lesley Stahl. He reveals how he was able to influence politicians and why, despite reform, such influence buying continues. Redshirting – Morley Safer reports on the rising incidence of “redshirting,” holding back children from school who have late birthdays so they can be the oldest instead of the youngest in their class. The Mozart of Chess – Grandmaster Magnus Carlsen is the number-one chess player in the world and he loves to see his opponents squirm. Bob Simon reports. Mike Wallace – For 40 years, it was the sound of the stop watch and Mike’s voice that signaled the start of another edition of 60 Minutes. The broadcast pays tribute to a great reporter and colleague.

To the Contrary:  ?

Univision’s Al Punto:  Enrique Peña Nieto, President-elect of Mexico; Sen. Ricardo Monreal, Campaign Manager for Andres Manuel López Obrador; Janet Murguia, President and CEO of the National Council of La Raza (NCLR); Jorge Plasencia, Chair of the NCLR Board of Directors; Manuel Roig-Franzia, Writer for the Washington Post and Author “The Rise of Marco Rubio.”

Virtually Speaking:  Avedon Carol and Cliff Schecter, 9pm ET.

C-SPAN’s Book TV.

FDL’s Book Salon:  The Dissent Papers: The Voices of Diplomats in the Cold War and Beyond. “Beginning with the Cold War and concluding with the 2003 invasion of Iraq, Hannah Gurman explores the overlooked opposition of U.S. diplomats to American foreign policy in the latter half of the twentieth century. During America’s reign as a dominant world power, U.S. presidents and senior foreign policy officials largely ignored or rejected their diplomats’ reports, memos, and telegrams, especially when they challenged key policies relating to the Cold War, China, and the wars in Vietnam and Iraq. The Dissent Papers recovers these diplomats’ invaluable perspective and their commitment to the transformative power of diplomatic writing.” Chat with Hannah Gurman about her new book, hosted by Michael Busch. 5pm ET.

FDL’s Movie Night Monday:   Broadcast Blues.  “Clear Channel neglects its emergency system, disaster strikes, people die. Pentagon Pundits profit from the same war they promote. Fox News gets a court ruling that news does not have to be true. Rush Limbaugh incites violence, and Hate Radio rules. Media Policy is killing people in this country. Literally. And it is killing our democracy, too. Corporate financed lawmakers have stacked the media policy deck against We the People. Until now. We the People are Taking the Media Back!”  Come chat with filmmaker Sue Wilson and host Lisa Derrick, Monday 9pm ET.


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