This has not been a good week to be a member of the mainstream media. We've had crazy chyrons, like the one above. They've elevated disgraced white supremacists. They give credence to anonymous "sources close to the Mueller investigation" who sound suspiciously like Rudy Giuliani himself. They trash Dianne Feinstein for respecting an alleged assault victim's privacy and spend zero time wondering how the Republicans managed to find 65 women who knew Kavanaugh 30+ years ago (even though he went to an all-boys prep school) to insist that he never raped them within hours of the story coming out.
The Knight Foundation and Gallup held a poll to see what we collectively feel about the media. I'm sure you're not surprised to hear that we--across the spectrum--don't trust the media. Is there any way to get that trust back? Most respondents said that being more accurate would help restore some trust. But finding common agreement as to what "accuracy" and "unbiased" means is difficult. I can tell you one thing: this guest list gets us not one step closer to it.
ABC's "This Week" — U.S. Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Karl Schultz; North Carolina Emergency Management Director Michael Sprayberry; Whitewater Independent Counsel Ken Starr; Obama chief ethics lawyer Norman Eisen; JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon. Panel: former Gov. Chris Christie, R-N.J.; Democratic strategist and former DNC Chair Donna Brazile; Tamara Keith of NPR; and Jonathan Swan of Axios.
NBC's "Meet the Press" — FEMA Administrator Brock Long; Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif.; New Bern, N.C., Mayor Dana Outlaw; Alan Dershowitz, Harvard law professor emeritus and author of “Trumped Up: How Criminalization of Political Differences Endangers Democracy.” Panel: Yamiche Alcindor of “PBS NewsHour”; presidential historian Doris Kearns Goodwin”; Rich Lowry, editor of National Review; and Peggy Noonan, of The Wall Street Journal.
CBS' "Face the Nation" — Long; Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C.; Sen. Thom Tillis, R-N.C. Panel: Jamelle Bouie of Slate, Jeffrey Goldberg of The Atlantic, Susan Page of USA Today, Ramesh Ponnuru of National Review and CBS’ Major Garrett.
CNN's "State of the Union" — Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Democratic congressional candidate from New York; Ken Starr, former U.S. independent counsel and author of “Contempt.” Panel: Rep. Pramila Jayapal, D-Wash.; Mary Katharine Ham, CNN political commentator; Marc Short, former White House director of legislative affairs for Trump; and Karine Jean-Pierre, senior adviser for MoveOn.org.
CNN's "Fareed Zakaria GPS" — Woodward; Zanny Minton Beddoes, editor-in-chief of The Economist; Andrew Ross Sorkin, business reporter and columnist at The New York Times and author of “Too Big to Fail”; Ross Douthat, columnist at The New York Times and author of “To Change the Church: Pope Francis and the Future of Catholicism.”
CNN's "Reliable Sources" — Michael Avenatti; Janice Min, former editor of The Hollywood Reporter, and Jessica Valenti, a feminist author and columnist at Medium; Brendan Nyhan, a professor at the University of Michigan, and Amanda Carpenter, author, "Gaslighting America: Why We Love It When Trump Lies to Us."
"Fox News Sunday" — Tillis; Long; Sen. John Kennedy, R-La. Panel: Karl Rove, former Bush White House senior adviser; former Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, a Fox News contributor; Julie Pace of The Associated Press; and former Rep Jane Harman, D-Calif, president of the Woodrow Wilson Center.
So, what's catching your eye this morning?