Fun. -- Some Nights I have consistently rejected the framing of the 'fiscal cliff.' I hate the hyperbole and the fear mongering of the "Thelma and Louise go off the cliff" images that the traditional media use to freak out too many Americans.
December 9, 2012

Fun. -- Some Nights

I have consistently rejected the framing of the 'fiscal cliff.' I hate the hyperbole and the fear mongering of the "Thelma and Louise go off the cliff" images that the traditional media use to freak out too many Americans. I actually heard from a financial advisor--not an unintelligent man by any means--who told me to reconsider my stock and retirement accounts before my taxes were raised next year. Not that I'm in that in the top 2 percent, he was worried that all of us would be looking at higher taxes because of the fiscal cliff. I just rolled my eyes and then launched into my "You really need to stop getting your news from 24 hour cable news, because they lie. All of them." rant.

But for as dismissive as I am about going off that cliff, I am very clear that we are approaching a major crossroads. We need to decide what we stand for in this country. What do we stand for? Will we be a country by, of and for the people? Or will we be by, of and for the oligarchs? Some nights, I don't know any more.

ABC's "This Week" -- Sens. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., and Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich.; Reps. Jeb Hensarling, R-Texas, and Raul Grijalva, D-Ariz. Round table: James Carville and Mary Matalin, Nobel Prize-winning economist and New York Times columnist Paul Krugman, and ABC News' George Will and Matthew Dowd.

NBC's "Meet the Press" -- Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., and Rep. Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif. Round table: Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-GA); Bloomberg White House Correspondent who interviewed President Obama this week, Julianna Goldman; NY Times White House Correspondent Helene Cooper; Washington Post Associate Editor Bob Woodward; and MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell.

NBC's "The Chris Matthews Show" -- Michelle Caruso-Cabrera; David Ignatius, The Washington Post; John Harris, Politico Editor-in-Chief; Kelly O'Donnell, NBC News.

CBS' "Face the Nation" -- Alan Simpson and Erskine Bowles, leaders of President Barack Obama's now-defunct deficit commission; Mayor Cory Booker of Newark, N.J. Round table: CBS News Chief White House Correspondent Major Garrett, TIME Magazine's Joe Klein, Washington Post's Michael Gerson, and CBS This Morning co-host Norah O'Donnell.

MSNBC's "UP with Chris Hayes" -- Dan Savage, nationally syndicated sex advice columnist and co-founder of the It Gets Better Project; Neera Tanden, President and CEO of the Center for American Progress; David Cay Johnston, Reuters columnist, Pulitzer Prize winner and author of “Author, Free Lunch: How the Wealthiest Americans Enrich Themselves at Government Expense (and Stick You With the Bill)” and Distinguished Visiting Lecturer at the Syracuse University College of Law.

MSNBC's "Melissa Harris-Perry" -- Jay Angoff, Former Director of the Office of Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services; Bob Herbert, Distinguished Fellow at DEMOS; Kenji Yoshino, Chief Justice Earl Warren Professor of Constitutional Law at NYU School of Law; Dr. Herb Smitherman, Assistant Dean of Community and Urban Health at Wayne State University School of Medicine; Rea Carey, Executive Director of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force; John Annoni, Founder of Camp Compass; Jessica Valenti, Author of “Why Have Kids,” Founder of, Contributing Writer at The Nation magazine; Sudhir Venkatesh, William B. Ransford Professor Sociology and the Committee on Global Thought at Columbia University.

CNN's "State of the Union" -- Christine Lagarde, managing director of the International Monetary Fund; Reps. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., and Tom Cole, R-Okla. Round table: Stephen Moore of The Wall Street Journal, Jackie Calmes of The New York Times, Mark Zandi of Moody’s Analytics and CNN’s Sr. Congressional Correspondent Dana Bash.

CNN's "Fareed Zakaria GPS" -- former Secretary of the Treasury, Secretary of State and White House Chief of Staff James Baker. Ronald DePinho, President of The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center.

CNN's "Reliable Sources" -- Sports columnists Mike Wise of the Washington Post, and Christine Brennan of USA Today; Washington Post media critic Erik Wemple and radio host Callie Crossley; ABC News Senior White House correspondent Jake Tapper; CNN anchor Soledad O’Brien; Ron Fournier, Editorial Director at the National Journal.

"Fox News Sunday" _ Sens. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., and Bob Corker, R-Tenn.; Michael Oren, Israel's ambassador to the U.S. Round table: Bill Kristol, The Weekly Standard/Fox News Contributor; Kirsten Powers, Daily Beast Columnist, Fox News Contributor; Kimberley Strassel, Author, Member of The Wall Street Journal Editorial Board; Juan Williams, Fox News Contributor.

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