Sesame Street -- Singing in the Shower
Susie Madrak and I have long chats bouncing ideas off one another fairly regularly. This weekend, she shared with me Madrak's Law of Similarity. It occured to her while singing in the shower that it was quite possible that maybe she wasn't as good a singer as she thought she sounded. She only heard the notes she sang well. I don't think this is particular to Susie. I have a terrible singing voice, made worse by my inability to hear certain notes because of hearing loss. That doesn't stop me from turning up the radio full blast in my car and singing along. And I hear all the notes I sing correctly and glide over many, many notes I don't quite make. There's a parallel to the Sunday shows. They only hear themselves singing the notes they think they've gotten right. They've missed entirely the notes they're getting so very, very wrong.
Speaking of getting things so very, very wrong, look hasn't missed yet another Sunday: John McCain. Driftglass has noted the occasion in his own inimitable way:
John McCain! Exclusively! On "Meet the Press"! John McCain! Exclusively! On "Meet the Press"! John McCain! Exclusively! On "Meet the Press"! John McCain! Exclusively! On "Meet the Press"! John McCain! Exclusively! On "Meet the Press"! John McCain! Exclusively! On "Meet the Press"! John McCain! Exclusively! On "Meet the Press"! John McCain! Exclusively! On "Meet the Press"! John McCain! Exclusively! On "Meet the Press"! John McCain! Exclusively! On "Meet the Press"! John McCain! Exclusively! On "Meet the Press"! John McCain! Exclusively! On "Meet the Press"! John McCain! Exclusively! On "Meet the Press"! John McCain! Exclusively! On "Meet the Press"! John McCain! Exclusively! On "Meet the Press"! John McCain! Exclusively! On "Meet the Press"!
There you have it. The Madrak Law of Similarity in action.
ABC's "This Week" _ White House chief of staff Denis McDonough; Reps. Paul Ryan, R-Wis. Panel: ABC News' George Will; Rep. Joaquín Castro, D-Texas; Former House Speaker and 2012 Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich; Washington Post columnist Ruth Marcus; and Romney 2012 campaign senior adviser Stuart Stevens. Dr. Ben Carson, Director of Pediatric Neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins.
NBC's "Meet the Press" _ McDonough; Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz.; Mark Kelly, husband of former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords. Panel: Lt. Governor of California Gavin Newsom; Founder and Chair of Good 360, Carly Fiorina; Republican strategist Alex Castellanos; and host of MSNBC’s Hardball, Chris Matthews.
NBC's "The Chris Matthews Show" _ Michael Beschloss, Author; Nia-Malika Henderson, The Washington Post; David Leonhardt, The New York Times; Amy Walter, The Cook Political Report.
CBS' "Face the Nation" _ McDonough; former Gov. Haley Barbour, R-Miss.; Mayor Cory Booker of Newark, N.J.; Cardinal Donald Wuerl, the archbishop of Washington, D.C. Panel: Tom Ricks of Foreign Policy Magazine, David Ignatius of The Washington Post, and Margaret Brennan of CBS News; Cook Political Report's Amy Walter, Michael Gerson of the Washington Post, and CBS News Political Director John Dickerson.
MSNBC's "UP with Chris Hayes" _ Ben Jealous (@BenJealous), President and CEO of NAACP;;James Poulos producer for HuffPost Live; Jamie Manson, columnist for the “National Catholic Reporter;” Gadeir Abbas, staff attorney for the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR); Saadiq Long, U.S. Air Force veteran who was barred from boarding a flight from Oklahoma to Qatar; Tyson Slocum, producer for HuffPo Live; Jen Daskal, fellow at Georgetown University’s Center on National Security and the Law; Bill McKibben, founder of 350.org, author of “EAARTH: Making a Life on a Tough New Planet;” Michael Brendan Dougherty, national correspondent for “The American Conservative;” Father Bill Dailey, Roman Catholic priest, lecturer in law at the University of Notre Dame Law School and Thomas More fellow at the Notre Dame Center for Ethics and Culture; Chief Jackie Thomas of the Saik’uz First Nation, member of the Yinka Dene Allian.
MSNBC's "Melissa Harris-Perry" _ Eugene O’Donnell, Professor of Law and Police Studies, John Jay College + Former NYC Police officer and Prosecutor; Matt Welch, Editor-in-Chief, Reason Magazine; Anthea Butler, Professor of Religious Studies and Graduate Chair of Religion at the University of Pennsylvania; Khalil Gibran Muhammad, Director of the Schomburg Center For Research in Black Culture; Rajiv Malhotra, Author, "Being Different: An Indian Challenge to Western Universalism"; Raul Reyes, NBC Latino Contributor; Lizz Winstead, Co-Creator of "The Daily Show"; Elon James White, Managing Director and Host, This Week In Blackness; Dean Obeidallah, Co-Director upcoming documentary "The Muslim Are Coming".
CNN's "State of the Union" _ Sens. Jack Reed, D-R.I., Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., and John Barrasso, R-Wyo.; Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Mich. Panel: : Former Republican Congressman Steven LaTourette, former Biden chief of staffRon Klain, Jeff Zeleny from the New York Times, and CNN Chief Congressional Correspondent Dana Bash.
CNN's "Fareed Zakaria GPS" _ Former Australian Prime Minister John Howard; former U.S. Treasury Secretary Larry Summers.
CNN's "Reliable Sources" _ Frank Sesno, Director of the School of Media and Public Affairs at George Washington University, Jane Hall, Associate Professor at American University’s School of Communications and Paul Farhi of The Washington Post; CNN contributor Will Cain and political correspondent for TheRoot.com Keli Goff; Phil Bronstein, of the Center for Investigative Reporting.
"Fox News Sunday" _ Sens. Rand Paul, R-Ky., and Lindsey Graham, R-S.C. Panel: Karl Rove, Former Bush White House Senior Adviser; Bob Woodward, Associate Editor of The Washington Post; Kimberley Strassel, Member of The Wall Street Journal Editorial Board; Juan Williams, Fox News Contributor.
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