Attention, Bobbleheads: We're On To You

That was Michael McCaul (R-TX), who chairs the Homeland Security committee for the House on This Week.

This is Mike Rogers (R-MI) who chairs the Intelligence committee for the House on Meet the Press:

Notice any similarities in their talking points? Mediaite's Evan McMurry did:

For sheer ballsitudery, Representatives Mike Rogers (R-This Is How I Spend My Sundays) and Mike McCaul (R-Calm for a Texan Politician) appeared on different shows and cast the same aspersion: that Snowden had been “cultivated by a foreign power” into thievering NSA info. Which power in particular? Eh, they’re not saying anything “definite,” just that there are questions that need to be answered. What evidence do they have to back up this hunch? They can’t really explain, but let’s just say there are questions that need to be answered.

If it bothered either of The Mikes that they had conspired to accuse another man of conspiracy—their language was suspiciously similar to have been two men musing independently of each other—they sure didn’t show it

We've been covering the Sunday shows for almost ten years now and have pointed out more than once that the talking points, especially among the Republican bobbleheads (be they politicians, consultants or hosts) seem a little too markedly similar to be coincidental.

Not only do the Sunday shows ignore pressing issues, as Bernie Sanders noted this weekend, they shape the debate by inviting the same people over and over, with all the same talking points:

The constantly repeating guests is one of the reasons that these shows have become mostly unwatchable. Week after week, you get the same conventional wisdom from virtually the same people while other voices and other points of view tend to get crowded out. In some sense, it may be because all of these shows are recorded in Washington. While you’ll occasionally see This Week, Meet The Press, or the others, have a guest appearing via video link from a remote location, it’s rather obvious that the shows prefer to have their guests in studio. That means that Congressman and Senators who don’t spend their weekends in Washington rarely get on these shows, while pundits and political analysts who don’t live in the area rarely get invited to be part of the “round table” segment that seems to have become a ubiquitous part of all these shows. That, quite likely, is the main reason why these shows are accused, largely correctly, of having an inside the beltway, conventional wisdom, bias to them.


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Another issue with these shows, though, is that they are given far more importance in the news cycle than the probably deserve.

I used to feel like a lone voice in the woods, but lookie here, there's a whole bunch of people noticing it. We're on to you, Sunday shows.

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