Sunday Talking Heads: May 4, 2014
Movie Night Monday: John Fleck Is Who You Want Him To Be
It’s difficult to further debase an annual event commemorating the moral failings of the media industry. But Silicon Valley is nothing if not innovative. Re/code reports that tech companies like Google, Facebook, Yahoo, and Microsoft are hosting some of the largest parties during White House Correspondents’ weekend.
Yep, the dinner has stretched into an entire weekend, so everyone can rest up between whatever ungodly acts they’re performing on each other underneath the table. White House Correspondents’ dinner is an embarrassment wrapped in a charade wrapped in personal brands. So of course corporations are going to try to get into it.
But it just so happens that these very same corporations are also trying to sell the line that they have become “increasingly defiant” against government authority, instead of “quietly complying” when the NSA used their services to secretly spy on customers. …
(I won’t mention the selfie Twitter Mirror or the Facebook & BuzzFeed Bowties & Burgers party.)
Moving on to last week, John Amato at Crooks and Liars rightfully goes after George Stephanopoulos for making his interview with Elizabeth Warren all about Hillary Clinton.
Warren opened up the interview nicely and tried to get back to what she believes in, but George kept pulling Hillary back into the interview.
I’m surprised Benghazi didn’t come up.
This week BENGHAZI does come up, as well as the violence in Ukraine, and the Donald Sterling/NBA racism scandal. There will be more black guests than usual today because of the hoops hoopla, but perhaps the bookers will note they are more than their skin color and invite them on future shows to talk about everyday politics.
Meet the Press actually mentions the death penalty catastrophe in Oklahoma, something David Gregory says he’ll bring it up with Gov. Rick Perry of Texas (death penalty capital of the free world), although it’s more of a Horse Race 2016 booking.
WASHINGTON JOURNAL: 7:45am -National Security and the NSA. The Brookings Institution’s Stuart Taylor talks about his essay “The Big Snoop.” 8:30am – Young Americans and Politics. John Della Volpe, director of polling at the Harvard Institute of Politics. 9:15am U.S.-China Relations. Roger Cliff talks about an article in the Wall Street Journal that suggests the U.S. is preparing for future military threats from China.
ABC’S THIS WEEK: Sen. Al Franken (D-MN).
Then, the Donald Sterling/NBA racism scandal with Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. Roundtable: Cokie Roberts, Laura Ingraham, Van Jones, David Plouffe, Sen. Rick Santorum. “Sunday Spotlight” comedian John Oliver on his new show. Plus, Mark Leibovich, “author of ‘This Town,’ takes on the annual spectacle of the White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner.”
CBS’ FACE THE NATION: “Race in America” with LA Mayor Eric Garcetti, Richard Williams (father of Venus and Serena Williams), Michele Norris, Michele Norris of NPR, Ta-Nehisi Coates of The Atlantic, Michael Eric Dyson of Georgetown University, and William C. Rhoden of The New York Times, plus CBS News Special Correspondent James Brown. Then BENGHAZI with Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), also Ukraine. CBS News Foreign Correspondent Clarissa Ward. She and her crew were detained in Ukraine Friday for a couple hours by pro-Russian separatists. Finally Bob Schieffer on Internet privacy.
CNN’S STATE OF THE UNION: Ukraine with Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) and Rep. Eliot Engel (D-NY). Then, Donna Brazile, Ana Navarro, and Gwen Ifill on politics. Plus, Stephen Moore, Mark Zandi, and Annie Lowrey on the economy. And, Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) “on the political fights over Benghazi and minimum wage, plus his 2016 options.”
FOX NEWS SUNDAY: BENGHAZI. Sen Kelly Ayotte (R-NH), a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, and Rep Adam Schiff (D-CA) who sits on the House Select Committee on Intelligence. Then, “the state of the economy and what it means for job creation” with Fred Smith of FedEx, and Robert Wolf, of 32 Advisors. Roundtable: Brit Hume, Elise Viebeck, Goerge Will, Jane Harman. “Power Player” Brian Stokes Mitchell (King Arthur) of Camelot in Concert.
MELISSA HARRIS-PERRY: The Syllabus.
MOYERS & COMPANY: Is Net Neutrality Dead? Democracy loses if the Internet’s sold to the highest bidder — and that may be exactly what’s about to happen. With David Carr, who covers the busy intersection of media with business, government and culture for The New York Times and Susan Crawford, a visiting professor at Harvard Law School, contributor to Bloomberg View and author of Captive Audience: The Telecom Industry and Monopoly Power in the New Gilded Age.
NBC’S MEET THE PRESS: Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R-TX) on “the economy, his political future, and his mission to lure jobs to Texas. Plus, what, are the implications of the botched execution of a death row inmate in Oklahoma for the death penalty in the U.S.” Then, the Donald Sterling/NBA racism scandal with Sacramento mayor and former NBA All-Star, Kevin Johnson. Roundtable: will.i.am; Chuck Todd, Kathleen Parker, Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT), Anita Dunn.
NEWSMAKERS: Senator John Hoeven (R-ND) talked about possible legislative action in the Senate on the Keystone XL pipeline.?The State Department had recently announced it would delay its report on the pipeline until after the November 2014 elections.
Q & A: Myra MacPherson, author of the newly-released book, “The Scarlet Sisters: Sex, Suffrage, and Scandal in the Gilded Age.” MacPherson talks about Victoria Woodhull and Tennessee Claflin, sisters from the Victorian era who she argues changed the course of America and the rights of women forever through their radical views on sex, love, and politics. According to MacPherson, Victoria and “Tennie” overcame a tough childhood and a troubled family to become pioneers on Wall Street, members of the women’s suffrage movement, and players in the world of journalism. MacPherson also discusses her career as a journalist and the ever-changing rights for women in America that she has seen in her lifetime, from not being allowed to cover sporting events to the ongoing fight for equal pay. She also talks about the many tragedies she has faced in her life including the death of two husbands, as well as her daughter.
RELIGION & ETHICS: Diminishing Job Prospects for Protestant Pastors. The December Project.
TO THE CONTRARY: Topics: How Boys and Men Can Stop Rape. Why Men Don’t Campaign for Women’s Rights. Nigerian Schoolgirls Abducted by Terrorists. Former Child Slave Shyima Hall.
Panel: Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (DC), Kellyanne Conway, Republican Pollster; Conservative Commentator Darlene Kennedy, Journalist Anushay Hossain.
UNIVISION’S AL PUNTO: Vicente Fox, Former President of Mexico; U.S. Representative Bob Goodlatte (R), Virginia and Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee; Oscar De La Hoya, Retired Professional Boxer; Eric Garcetti, Mayor of Los Angeles; Joe Arpaio; Sheriff of Maricopa County, Arizona; Gael García Bernal, Mexican Actor and Producer.
VIRTUALLY SPEAKING: Avedon Carol & Stuart Zechman offer a counterpoint to the Sunday morning talk shows. Culture of Truth satirizes the Sunday Morning talk shows. Jay Ackroyd moderates. Follow @avedon_says @stuart_zechman @bobblespeak @jayackroyd. Sunday, 9pm ET, 6pm PT.
C-SPAN’S BOOK TV: This month’s LIVE In Depth: Luis J. Rodriguez the winner of the Carl Sandburg Literary Award for his memoir “Always Running: La Vida Loca: Gang Days in L.A.” His “It Calls You Back” was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. He is co-founder of Tia Chucha’s Centro Cultural & Bookstore in Sylmar, California, and of Tia Chucha Press. Mr. Rodriguez is also a poet and fiction writer. He was previously the vice presidential candidate for the Justice Party and a candidate for Governor of California for the Green Party.
FDL’S BOOK SALON: No salon today.
FDL’S MOVIE NIGHT MONDAY: John Fleck Is Who You Want Him To Be. This week we have Kevin Duffy and his new film, and the subject of the film, John Fleck, with us on Monday’s Movie Night. Join host Lisa Derrick at 8pm ET, 5pm PT.