October 13, 2013

The Vlogbrothers, The Lowdown on the Shutdown, Oct 1, 2013

Poor, sweet, naive Hank Green. He thinks the Republicans will actually not let the country go into default. I'm not so sanguine. After all, we live in a country where previously inarguable issues are now debatable. Where a Supreme Court justice on the highest court in the land can speak of the Devil as a person who has simply gotten "wilier" since the New Testament days. Where Ted Cruz can look at plummeting approval ratings both within and with out his party and shrug it off as proof he's doing something right. Where people love the Affordable Care Act and hate Obamacare. We live in a post-factual era. Which is why Hank Green can do a better job of explaining the truth about this shutdown in a three minute video than any of the talking heads in the hours and hours of news coverage since October 1. Facts and truth don't matter inside the Beltway. Watch with me this morning and see if you don't agree.

ABC's "This Week" — Guest list to be announced.

NBC's "Meet the Press" — Sens. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., and Rob Portman, R-Ohio; Christine Lagarde, managing director of the International Monetary Fund. Panel: Co-anchor and managing editor of the PBS Newshour, Judy Woodruff; Washington Post Columnist Kathleen Parker; former Rep. Harold Ford (D-TN); and NBC News Chief White House Correspondent and Political Director Chuck Todd. Former Defense Secretary Leon Panetta.

CBS' "Face the Nation" — Sens. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H.; and John McCain, R-Ariz.; Rep. Tim Huelskamp, R-Kan. Panel: Clinton Press Secretary Dee Dee Myers, Newt Gingrich, former Speaker of the House, Wall Street Journal's Kimberley Strassel, and Washington Post's Dan Balz.

MSNBC's "UP with Steve Kornacki" - Robert George, New York Post; Alex Seitz-Wald, National Journal; Kasie Hunt, NBC News; Bob Herbert, Demos; Rep. Raul Grijalva (D-AZ); Joan Walsh, Salon.com; Jim Moore, Co-Author, “Bush’s Brain”; Sam Tanenhaus, The New York Times; Kathleen Jamieson, University of Pennsylvania; Phil Johnston, former Secretary of Health & Human Services in Massachusetts.

MSNBC's "Melissa Harris-Perry" - Paul Raushenbush, Senior Religion Editor at the Huffington Post; Alan Jenkins, Executive Director of The Opportunity Agenda; Vanessa K. Bush, Editor-in-Chief of Essence magazine; Jelani Cobb, Associate Professor at UCONN; Colby Harris, Fired by WalMart; Allison Kilkenny, Co-Host of Citizen Radio / Reporter at The Nation; Bill Schneider, Distinguished Senior Fellow and Resident Scholar at Third Way; Rinku Sen, Executive Director at the Applied Research Center / Publisher of ColorLines; Big Freedia, Queen of Bounce; Mayor Vincent Gray of Washington D.C.

MSNBC's "Disrupt with Karen Finney" - Joe Soltz, Chairman, VoteVets.org; Paula Dwyer, New York Times; Mark Tapscott, Washington Examiner; Goldie Taylor, MSNBC Contributor; Lee Fang, The Nation.

CNN's "State of the Union" — Sens. Rand Paul, R-Ky., Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., and Susan Collins, R-Maine. Panel: Former Montana Governor Brian Schweitzer, Crossfire co-host Newt Gingrich and Former White House Communications Director Anita Dunn.

CNN's "Fareed Zakaria GPS" - American Enterprise Institute scholar Norman Ornstein, CNN legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin, and Vanessa Williamson, co-author of The Tea Party and the Remaking of Republican Conservatism. American Enterprise Institute scholar Norman Ornstein, CNN legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin, and Vanessa Williamson, co-author of The Tea Party and the Remaking of Republican Conservatism.

CNN's "Reliable Sources" - Guest host: George Washington University professor and former CNN Washington bureau chief Frank Sesno. Eleanor Clift, Joe Concha and Ramesh Ponnuru. Kathleen Hall Jamieson, John Sides and Ginger Gibson. Author Leonard Downie Jr. “Vine journalist” Cody Johns and Barbara Lippert.

"Fox News Sunday" — Sens. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., and Bob Corker, R-Tenn.; Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio. Panel: George Will, Syndicated Columnist; Evan Bayh, former Democratic Senator from Indiana; Dana Perino, Co-Host, The Five / Former White House Press Secretary; Juan Williams, Fox News Political Analyst.

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