That's a 41 minute clip, so I don't recommend watching in lieu of the Sunday shows, but I wanted to put it out there for more background on the insular and self-serving incestuous bubble that is DC punditry. Definitely check out This Town as well. I've been getting a crash course in upsetting the status quo with my open letter to NBC News about Chuck Todd and the subsequent CREDO petition and the blowback from establishment journalists, offended that I would dare to go after a "fine journo" like Todd. Hold your laughter to a minimum.
There's also a lot of willful misunderstanding about my point. So let me take this opportunity to be clear: Chuck Todd set up the strawman of saying that it wasn't his job to "sell" ACA. He's absolutely right. It's not his job to sell it and NO ONE (read that again, Jon Ralston: NOT ONE PERSON) expects him to sell government programs. What I (and more than 65K others last time I checked) expect Chuck Todd to do is practice journalism by separating fact from fiction. Journalism is not about messaging, where there's no difference between lies and truth in ACA. It's about information and there IS a difference.
So watch with me the framing this week. I'm especially intrigued by David Gregory's interview of Wayne LaPierre...has the petition and calling out of his colleague impacted at all?
ABC's "This Week" - Reps. Chris Van Hollen, D-Md., and Tom Graves, R-Ga. Roundtable: ormer House speaker and CNN “Crossfire” co-host Newt Gingrich, University of California, Berkeley professor and former Clinton Labor secretary Robert Reich, PBS “NewsHour” co-anchor and managing editor Gwen Ifill, and ABC News Chief White House Correspondent Jonathan Karl. Billie Jean King.
NBC's "Meet the Press" - Wayne LaPierre, executive vice president of the National Rifle Association. Senators Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and Mike Lee (R-UT) and Congresswomen Barbara Lee (D-CA) and Marsha Blackburn (R-TN). Presidential performance roundtable: editor of the Weekly Standard, Bill Kristol; Wall Street Journal Columnist Kim Strassel; former White House Press Secretary, now MSNBC political contributor Robert Gibbs; and PBS’s Tavis Smiley. Sandy Phillips, mother of Aurora, CO shooting victim Jessica Ghawi.
CBS' "Face the Nation" - Sens. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., and Tom Coburn, R-Okla.; Rep. Matt Salmon, R-Ariz. Panel: John Dickerson, CBS News' Political Director, Nancy Gibbs and Bobby Ghosh of TIME magazine and David Sanger of the New York Times.
MSNBC's "UP with Steve Kornacki" - Michelle Bernard, The Bernard Center for Women, Politics & Public Policy; Norm Ornstein, columnist & author, “It's Even Worse Than It Looks: How the American Constitutional System Collided With the New Politics of Extremism”; Fmr. Rep. Steve LaTourette (R-OH); Amanda Terkel, Huffington Post; Pat Brady, Former Illinois GOP Chairman; Irin Carmon, msnbc.com national reporter; Carole King, singer & songwriter; Shawna Thomas, NBC News White House producer and avid live-tweeter; Jeff Smith, Professor of Politics & Advocacy at The New School; former state senator (D-MO); Glynnis MacNicol, Business Insider.
MSNBC's "Melissa Harris-Perry" - Gordon Chang, Columnist at Forbes.com / Author, “The Coming Collapse of China”; Lisa Cook, Assistant Professor of Economics and International Relations at Michigan State University; Matt Welch, Editor-in-Chief of Reason Magazine; Tamara Draut, Vice President of Policy and Research at DEMOS; James and Sandra Baker, Daughter forced to pretend she was a slave during school field trip; Tom Wopat, Actor / Plays the “Sheriff” in “The Trip to Bountiful” on Broadway; Adepero Oduye, Actress / Plays the “Young Woman on Bus” in “The Trip to Bountiful” on Broadway.
MSNBC's "Disrupt with Karen Finney" - Rep. Gwen Moore (D-WI); Ari Melber, Co-host of MSNBC’s “The Cycle”; Rep. Karen Bass (D-CA); Maria Teresa Kumar, Voto Latino; Megan McArdle, Bloomberg View.
CNN's "State of the Union" - Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif. New York Magazine reporter Joe Hagan. Panel: Joe Lockhart, former chief spokesman and senior adviser to President Bill Clinton, President of the American Conservative Union Al Cardenas, and CNN Commentators Kevin Madden and Donna Brazile.
CNN's "Fareed Zakaria GPS" - former President Bill Clinton.
CNN's "Reliable Sources" - (Guest host: NPR's David Folkenflik) Emily Miller, senior editor of opinion at The Washington Times, and Andrew Lih, a professor of journalism at American University. Washington Post investigative reporter David Fallis. Kelly McBride of the Poynter Institute. The Guardian's (UK) Alan Rusbridger. ESPN's "Pardon the Interruption" co-host Tony Kornheiser.
"Fox News Sunday" - Sens. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, and Claire McCaskill, D-Mo. Panel: Brit Hume, Fox News Senior Political Analyst; Amy Walter, National Editor, Cook Political Report; Karl Rove, Former Bush White House Senior Adviser; Dennis Kucinich, Fmr Rep (D-OH).
So what's catching your eye this morning?