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The Daily Show - June 20, 2012
I have to hand it to the Republicans, they can make a scandal out of nothing. Literally, nothing. I am gobsmacked that the Republicans have actually concocted this elaborate "Obama-wants-to-take-your-Second-Amendment-rights" conspiracy out of thin air. The proof of this dastardly plan? That he HASN'T DONE IT YET. And yet more proof that the traditional media is completely beholden to the GOP and not at all interested in informing the public, they're going along with it instead of laughing at them and mocking their absurdity as they so richly deserve.
House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa--who absolutely should lose his seat for this kind of abuse--will instead sit down on three different shows to plead his case. Will any of those anchors have the gonads to point out the number of times George Bush invoked "Executive Privilege" or Alberto Gonzales refused to answer questions? Of course not. Because what's a good made-up scandal if you don't have enablers like our "librul" media to help you out?
ABC's "This Week" — "Fast and Furious" scandal: Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif. Roundtable: Vice Chair of the House Democratic Caucus Rep. Xavier Becerra, D-Calif., ABC News' George Will, National Journal White House correspondent Major Garrett, Wall Street Journal columnist Peggy Noonan, and Democratic strategist Hilary Rosen.
NBC's "Meet the Press" — Immigration, politics: Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla.; "Fast and Furious" scandal: Issa; Roundtable: Former Governor Bill Richardson (D-NM); POLITICO’s Senior Political Reporter Jonathan Martin; and NBC News Chief Foreign Affairs Correspondent Andrea Mitchell.
NBC's "The Chris Matthews Show" - Panel: David Ignatius, Washington Post; Liz Marlantes, Christian Science Monitor; Howard Fineman, Huffington Post; Kelly O’Donnell, NBC. Topics: The Legacy of Watergate, 40 Years Later: How Does It Affect 2012?
Romney's Rise and President Obama's Rough June
CBS' "Face the Nation" — Romney campaign: former Gov. Tim Pawlenty, R-Minn.; Immigration debate: Gov. Rick Perry, R-Texas; Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa; 2012 Elections: Stephanie Cutter, deputy campaign manager for President Barack Obama; Eric Fehrnstrom, adviser to Mitt Romney's presidential campaign. Joe Klein's roadtrip through the Rust Belt; Roundtable: Washington Post's Dan Balz, CBS News Chief White House Correspondent Norah O'Donnell and CBS News Political director John Dickerson
MSNBC's "Up with Chris Hayes" - Panelists: Leila Hilal, Co-director of the New America Foundation Middle East Task Force, Fmr. Legal advisor to the Palestinian Negotiations Department, and the Palestinian Constitutional Committee; Elise Jordan, Former speechwriter to Condoleezza Rice and Former National Security Council official; Michelle Goldberg, Senior Contributing Writer, Newsweek/Daily Beast; Sam Seder, Host, “The Majority Report” and Co-Host, “Ring of Fire”;Mona Eltahawy, Egyptian-American journalist. Topics include: Egypt and the Arab Spring; the Affordable Health Care Act; Super PAC Summit
MSNBC's "Melissa Harris Perry" - Panelists: Aisha Moodie-Mills, Advisor for LGBT Policy & Racial Justice at American Progress; Kenji Yoshino, Author and Professor of Constitutional Law at the NYU School of Law; David Chalian, Yahoo News Washington Bureau Chief; Ana Oliveira, President and CEO of the New ork Women's Foundation; Jeff Johnson, MSNBC Contributor and Politic365.com. Topics include: The power of the Presidency; Pride week and gay rights; Upcoming health care ruling
CNN's "State of the Union" — Romney campaign: Ed Gillespie, adviser to Romney's campaign; Immigration debate: Rep. Luis Gutierrez, D-Ill.; former Commerce Secretary Carlos Gutierrez. Roundtable: Susan Page of USA Today, and Peter Baker of The New York Times.
CNN's "Fareed Zakaria GPS" - US Politics, Iran: Nicholas Kristoff, The New York Times; Global economy and Eurozone: Estonian President Toomas Hendrik Ilves; Soda ban: Mayor Michael Bloomberg.
CNN's "Reliable Sources" - Did journalists blow the "Fast and Furious" story? The week in political coverage and the use of social media: Ryan Lizza, The New Yorker; Dana Milbank, The Washington Post; Amy Holmes, Glenn Beck TV; HBO's new series "The Newsroom", Reille Hunter interview, possible changes at The Today Show: Maureen Ryan, Huffington Post; Adam Buckman, Xfinity TV; David Zurawik, Baltimore Sun.
"Fox News Sunday" — "Fast and Furious" scandal: Issa; Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md. Domestic power: T. Boone Pickens. Roundtable: Brit Hume – Fox News Senior Political Analyst; Kirsten Powers – The Daily Beast & Fox News; Nicolle Wallace – Former Senior Adviser to McCain Campaign; Jeff Zeleny – The New York Times
So what's catching your eye this morning?