March 24, 2013

"Do You Hear The People Sing" -- Les Miserable Tenth Anniversary Celebration

I am, by nature, a pretty optimistic person. I have faith in the essential kindness of my fellow man, for the most part. There has generally been a cyclical aspect to both good and bad luck, and I strive to live in peace with that. But my nihilistic side has reared its ugly head after watching the coverage of the tenth anniversary of the Iraq invasion and occupation, with all the revisionist history; listening to Bob Ney's interview with Nicole Sandler this week; noticing a curious lack of interest on the part of the American media to the fact that IMF head Christine Lagarde's flat was raided as part of a corruption scandal and finally watched Bill Moyers' interview of Richard Wolff. I've come to one distressing conclusion.

We're screwed. And the Powers That Be are so invested in protecting their status that there is no way out of this morass other than revolution. I only pray that it is a non-violent one, but unfortunately, like doomed Enjolras and Gavroche on the barricade, violence often comes when you have nothing left to lose.

It's happened in our history before. It rarely ends well for the privileged few. Would that they understand that they cannot rewrite this historical cycle.

ABC's "This Week" -- Domestic policy round table: Jim Messina, manager of President Barack Obama's re-election campaign; Republican consultant Karl Rove, "Nightline" co-anchor Terry Moran, Democratic strategist and ABC News contributor Donna Brazile; and Wall Street Journal columnist Peggy Noonan. Foreign policy round table: ABC News global affairs anchor Christiane Amanpour; Atlantic national correspondent Jeffrey Goldberg; former Romney campaign senior adviser Dan Senor, co-founder of the Foreign Policy Initiative.; and Time Magazine assistant managing editor Rana Foroohar. Sunday spotlight: director Alexandra Pelosi and former New Jersey Gov.Jim McGreevey.

NBC's "Meet the Press" -- New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg; Wayne LaPierre, executive vice president of the National Rifle Association; David Boies, one of the lawyers challenging California's Proposition 8, which bans same-sex marriage, before the Supreme Court. Round table: Chairman of the Faith and Freedom Coalition Ralph Reed; Democratic strategist Hilary Rosen; Washington Post columnist EJ Dionne; and the New York Times’ David Brooks.

NBC's "The Chris Matthews Show" -- David Ignatius, The Washington Post; Kathleen Parker, The Washington Post; Helene Cooper, The New York Times; Michael Crowley, TIME senior correspondent.

CBS' "Face the Nation" _ Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Mich., New York Times columnist Tom Friedman, CBS News' Clarissa Ward and Time Magazine's Bobby Ghosh; Evan Wolfson, president of Freedom to Marry; Tony Perkins, president of Family Research Council; Austin Nimocks, senior counsel at Alliance Defending Freedom; Baltimore Ravens linebacker Brendan Ayanbadejo, an advocate of same-sex marriage.

MSNBC's "UP with Chris Hayes" -- Bill De Blasio, 2013 New York City Mayoral Candidate / New York City Public Advocate; Sal Albanese, 2013 New York City Mayoral Candidate / Former New York City Councilman (1983-1997); Bill Thompson, 2013 New York City Mayoral Candidate / Former Comptroller of the City of New York (2002-2009); John Liu, 2013 New York City Mayoral Candidate / Comptroller of the City of New York; Dan Savage, Editorial Director, The Stranger / Columnist, Savage Love; Camilla Taylor, Marriage Project Director, Lambda Legal; Dean Hara, Widower, Rep. Gerry Studds; Urvashi Vaid, Indian-American LGBT rights activist.

MSNBC's "Melissa Harris-Perry" -- Kenji Yoshino, Chief Justice Earl Warren Professor of Constitutional Law at NYU School of Law; Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA); Lisa Duggan, Professor of Social and Cultural Analysis at NYU; Lisa Duggan, Professor of Social and Cultural Analysis at NYU; Darlene Nipper, Deputy Executive Director, National Gay and Lesbian Task Force; Wilson Cruz, National Spokesperson for GLAAD; Janet Mock, Trans Activist & Writer, formerly of People Magazine; Mel Wymore, Upper West Side City Council Candidate; Barry Scheck, Co-Director of the Innocence Project; Kirk Noble Bloodsworth, Advocacy Director at Witness to Innocence and the first death row prisoner in U.S. to be exonerated through DNA fingerprinting; Anthony McGill, principal clarinet of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra in New York City; Demarre McGill, principal Flute, Seattle Symphony.

CNN's "State of the Union" -- Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki; Gov. John Hickenlooper, D-Colo.; California Attorney General Kamala Harris; Peter Gaytan, executive director of the American Legion; Tom Tarantino, chief policy officer for Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America. Austin Nimocks from Alliance Defending Freedom, Republican Strategist Ana Navarro and CNN Senior Political Analyst Ron Brownstein

CNN's "Fareed Zakaria GPS" -- Paul Krugman, Neil DeGrasse Tyson.

"Fox News Sunday" _ Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky.; Gary Bauer, president of American Values. Panel: Newt Gingrich, Former Speaker of the House and Former Presidential Candidate; Evan Bayh, Former Democratic Senator from Indiana, Jennifer Rubin, Columnist for The Washington Post, Juan Williams.

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