March 10, 2019

I know that Aliza featured a good part of this Mehdi Hasan / Erik Prince interview yesterday, but I wanted to provide the entire interview for you to see what it's like when a journalist is more concerned with doing a good job than future access.

Imagine what a different country this would be if we had way more Mehdi Hasans and way fewer Chuck Todds.

I was really struck by how impotent and invested in conservative framing the media is when they spent five times more time on how Ilhan Omar was allegedly destroying the Dems' chances in 2020 (that's a helluva lot of power to give a single freshman congressperson) than on Paul Manafort's white privileged sentence, Michael Cohen's testimony, Donald Trump's mental deterioration, and Cindy Yang, put together, There's something fundamentally and deeply broken about that.

It is not hyperbole to state that democracy is trickling out of our collective grasp because most Americans just don't know what's going on. We've normalized the abnormal, the criminal, the corrupt to keep the masses from realizing how broken and compromised these people inside the Beltway are. It's easy to point at Donald Trump myriad of lies and abuses of office as the problem in DC, but I will posit that the media and their abdication of their role as the Fourth Estate is the far bigger threat.

ABC's "This Week" — White House national security adviser John Bolton. ABC’s Terry Moran and Pierre Thomas. Panel: Republican strategist Alex Castellanos, ABC’s Cokie Roberts, AP's Julie Pace and Stefanie Brown James, co-founder of Collective PAC.

NBC's "Meet the Press" — Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio; Reps. Liz Cheney, D-Wyo., and Adam Schiff, D-Calif. Panel: Robert Costa of PBS’ “Washington Week”; Kasie Hunt of NBC News; María Teresa Kumar, president of Voto Latino; and former Gov. Pat McCrory, R-N.C.

CBS' "Face the Nation" — Sen. John Kennedy, R-La.,; former Gov. John Hickenlooper, D-Colo., a 2020 presidential candidate; former acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe; William Burns, former deputy secretary of state. Panel: David Frum of The Atlantic, Susan Glasser of The New Yorker, Toluse Olorunnipa of The Washington Post and Gerald Seib of The Wall Street Journal.

CNN's "State of the Union" — Former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro and Gov. Jay Inslee, D-Wash., both 2020 presidential candidates; Rep. Will Hurd, R-Texas. Panel: Rep. Eric Swalwell, D-Calif.; Scott Jennings, former special assistant to President George W. Bush; Symone Sanders, former press secretary, Bernie Sanders for President; and Linda Chavez, former Reagan White House official.

CNN's "Fareed Zakaria GPS" — Ali Al-Shihabi, founder, the Arabia Foundation and author of “The Saudi Kingdom”; Tal Schneider, diplomatic and political correspondent, Israel’s Globes newspaper; Eli Hazan, foreign affairs director, Likud Party in Israel; Robert Sapolsky, professor of neurology and neurosurgery and author of “Behave: The Biology of Humans at Our Best and Worst.”

CNN's "Reliable Sources" — The New Yorker's Jane Mayer; Jeff Greenfield; Jonah Peretti, founder and CEO of BuzzFeed; Rep. David Cicilline, D-R.I.; Sarah Ellison, staff writer at The Washington Post; and Connie Schultz, syndicated columnist and journalism professor.

"Fox News Sunday" — White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow; Rep. Katie Hill, D-Calif. Panel: Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, Jonathan Swan of Axios, Shelby Holliday of The Wall Street Journal and Juan Williams of Fox News.

So what's catching your eye this morning?

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