October 20, 2013

Sara Bareilles - Gravity, Live at Abbey Road

It occurs to me that any song about a dysfunctional relationship could just as easily apply to the relationship between the media and the extremist Republicans hijacking the country. The media builds them up, loves them insensibly and then are destroyed when they're abused by the teabaggers. But they keep falling right back into their gravity, don't they?

Here's a fun thought experiment that you can do that was inspired by a baby shower I attended on Saturday. The hostess noted down gleefully everything that the mom-to-be said as she opened up the gifts. Then she repeated it with the addendum of "in bed!" and that was supposed to be exactly what Mommy said the night the baby was procreated. So my gift of a baby milestone memory book meant that she said "Oh my God, that was so much work...in bed!" Yeah, yeah, I know. I don't want to imagine that either.

Nevertheless, listen carefully to the claims that will be made this Sunday--we need to get a handle on the debt, we need to control runaway spending, Americans don't like the direction the country is going--and add "with Republicans in charge!" I think we'll get more accurate picture of what's going on.

ABC's "This Week" — Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif.; Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas; former Gov. Jeb Bush, R-Fla. Powerhouse roundtable: Rep. Donna Edwards, D.Md., Rep. Adam Kinzinger, R-Ill., ABC news political analyst Matthew Dowd, and New York Times White House correspondent Peter Baker. Actress Lupita Nyong’o.

NBC's "Meet the Press" — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu; Treasury Secretary Jack Lew; Sens. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., and Tom Coburn, R-Okla. Roundtable: NY Times Columnist David Brooks; Washington Post Columnist E.J. Dionne; host of CNBC’s “Closing Bell,” Maria Bartiromo; and NBC News Chief Foreign Affairs Correspondent Andrea Mitchell.

CBS' "Face the Nation" — Sens. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., and Mark Warner, D-Va. Mark Zandi, Chief Economist of Moody's Analytics, Panel: Stuart Rothenburg of the Rothenberg Political Report, Wall Street Journal's Gerald Seib, Time Magazine's Rana Faroohar and the Washington Post's Michael Gerson.

MSNBC's "UP with Steve Kornacki" - Victoria DeFrancesco Soto, MSNBC/NBCLatino Contributor; Evan McMorris-Santoro, Buzzfeed; Dafna Linzer, Managing Editor, MSNBC.com; April Ryan, American Urban Radio Networks; Krystal Ball, Co-host of MSNBC’s “The Cycle”; Sen. Chris Coons (D-DE); Sean Wilentz, Princeton University; Wilson Pipesteam, Managing Partner and co-founder of Ietan Consulting; Michael Pesca, NPR.

MSNBC's "Melissa Harris-Perry" - Mark Crumpacker, Chief Marketing Office of Chipotle; Khalil Gibran Muhammad, Director of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture; Salamishah Tillet, Assistant Professor of English and Africana Studies at UPENN; Andrew Moesel, New York Restaurant Association Spokesman; Damon Phillips, James P. Gorman Professor of Business Strategy at Columbia; Irin Carmon, MSNBC.com national reporter; Kathy Zito, Rebuilding after Hurricane Sandy / Staten Island Resident; David Rohde, Foreign Affairs Columnist for Reuters; Joy Reid, Managing Editor of the Grio.com / MSNBC Contributor; Byron Hurt, Filmmaker /Anti-sexist Activist.

MSNBC's "Disrupt with Karen Finney" - Judith Browne Dianis, Co-Director, Advancement Project; Adam Green, BoldProgressives.org; Reid Wilson, Washington Post; Ari Rabin-Havt, Exec. VP, Media Matters; Krystal Ball, Democratic Strategist; Perry Bacon, TheGrio.com; David Brock, Media Matters for America.

CNN's "State of the Union" — Cruz; Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz. Panel: Democratic strategist Donna Brazile, Republican strategist Alex Castellanos and The New Yorker’s Washington correspondent Ryan Lizza.

CNN's "Fareed Zakaria GPS" - Former White House Chief of Staff, Treasury Secretary, and Secretary of State James Baker. Chilean President Sebastián Piñera.

CNN's "Reliable Sources" - Guest host: NPR's media correspondent David Folkenflik. David Gura, reporter for Marketplace and Edward Luce, Washington Bureau Chief for the Financial Times; former NSA official and whistleblower Thomas Drake; Lucy Dalglish, Dean of the University of Maryland’s Philip Merrill College of Journalism and Joel Brenner, Former Inspector General and Senior Counsel for the National Security Agency; Andrew Lih, author of The Wikipedia Revolution and Maggie Haberman, senior political reporter for POLITICO; “Fifth Estate” screenwriter Josh Singer.

"Fox News Sunday" — Sens. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., Dick Durbin, D-Ill., and Roy Blunt, R-Mo. Brit Hume, Fox News Senior Political Analyst; Julie Pace, White House Correspondent for The Associated Press; George Will, Syndicated Columnist; Charles Lane, Editorial Writer for The Washington Post.

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