May 5, 2013

The Spinners -- It's a Shame (1970)

It's a shame, the way we get the same people over and over. It's a shame, the way the news is framed by these fools. It's a shame, the way they mess around with our heads. Why do they use us, try to confuse us? How can they stand to be so cruel? Why don't they free us from this prison where we serve our time as their fools?

As I retrieved the various emails I get from the Sunday show p.r. departments, gathering the guest list, I was humming this song. The same old people, the same old conversations. Darrell Issa promises that he has new information on Benghazi! Rudy Giuliani thinks he knows where the intelligence failure lies in the Boston Marathon bombing! And Candy Crowley is going to bring out a panel on Muslim radicalization! Interestingly, Bob Schieffer veers off the "scary brown terrist comin' to git ya" meme and is apparently very interested in Jason Collins' recent coming out. And he's booked the first openly gay professional athletes I remember to discuss the not-so-hard-to-believe reality that there are (gasp!) gay people in sports. Bet you dollars to donuts that George Stephanopoulos will ask the hard-hitting question of Warren Buffet about his newly created Twitter account. And good ol' John McCain will be gunning for war somewhere...probably Syria this week. It's just a shame...

ABC's "This Week" — Investor Warren Buffett; Panel: James Carville, Mary Matalin, Jim DeMint, president of the Heritage Foundation; former Gov. Bill Richardson, D-N.M. and ABC News’ Cokie Roberts. Whoopi Goldberg.

NBC's "Meet the Press" — Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt.; Rep. Tom Cotton, R-Ark.; former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani; former Rep. Jane Harman, D-Calif.; former House Speaker Newt Gingrich; former Democratic Congressman Harold Ford; Editor of the National Review, Rich Lowry; and MSNBC contributor as well as political columnist for the Miami Herald, Joy-Ann Reid.; former Baltimore Ravens linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo.

NBC's "The Chris Matthews Show" — Katty Kay, BBC; Dan Rather, HDNet; David Ignatius, The Washington Post; Kathleen Parker, The Washington Post.

CBS' "Face the Nation" — Reps. Mike Rogers, R-Mich., Dutch Ruppersberger, D-Md., and Darrell Issa, R-Calif.; Ayanbadego; former NFL lineman Esera Tuaolo; retired tennis players Billie Jean King and Martina Navratilova; Ted Leonis, owner of the Washington Capitals, Wizards and Mystics; Domonique Foxworth, president of the NFL Players Association.

MSNBC's "UP with Steve Kornacki" — Abby Rapoport, The American Prospect; Nate Cohn, The New Republic; Joan Walsh, editor-at-large,; Nia-Malika Henderson, The Washington Post; Maria Teresa Kumar, president, Voto Latino; Michael Hanna, senior fellow at The Century Foundation; Amr Al-Azm, History Professor at Shawnee State University in Ohio and member of the Syrian opposition; Andrew Tabler, senior fellow, The Washington Institute and author of In the Lion’s Den: An Eyewitness Account of Washington’s Battle with Syria

MSNBC's "Melissa Harris-Perry" — Eugene Jarecki, Filmmaker of “The House I Live In”; William “Billy” Murphy, Criminal Defense Attorney / Former Circuit Court Judge for the city of Baltimore; Kathleen Frydl, author of the upcoming book, “The Drug Wars in America, 1940-1973”; Michael J. Steinberg, Legal Director of the ACLU of Michigan; Ange-Marie Hancock, Associate Professor of Political Science and Gender Studies at USC / Author, “Solidarity Politics for Millenials: A Guide to Ending the Oppression Olympics”; Kai Wright, Editorial Director of and Fellow at the Nation Institute; Martina Navratilova, Tennis Legend / LGBTQ Advocate; Wade Davis, Former NFL Player / Came out after he retired from football / Director of Job Readiness at the Hetrick Martin Institute; Matt Welch, Reason Magazine.

CNN's "State of the Union" — Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill.; Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y. Daveed Gartenstein-Ross, Director of the Center for the Study of Terrorist Radicalization at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies; Dr. Zuhdi Jasser, Founder and President of the American Islamic Forum for Democracy; Jessica Stern, former member of the National Security Council under President Clinton and author of DENIAL: A Memoir of Terror; and Suhail Khan, a Senior Fellow for Christian-Muslim understanding at the Institute for Global Engagement. Panel: The Hill’s A.B. Stoddard and Bloomberg’s Jeanne Cummings.

CNN's "Fareed Zakaria GPS" — Council on Foreign Relations President Richard Haass and Anne-Marie Slaughter. TIME's Rana Foroohar and the Financial Times’ Gillian Tett. Author Salman Rushdie.

CNN's "Reliable Sources" — The New Yorker’s Ryan Lizza and Lynn Sweet of the Chicago Sun-Times. Legal analyst Lisa Bloom. Doonesbury cartoonist Garry Trudeau. Former Washington Post reporter Elsa Walsh.

"Fox News Sunday" — Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz.; Reps. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, and Stephen Lynch, D-Mass. Panel: Jennifer Rubin, Columnist for The Washington Post; Julie Pace, The Associated Press; Nina Easton, FORTUNE's senior editor; Evan Bayh, Former Democratic Senator from Indiana.

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