November 24, 2013

The Myth of Pandora's Box, Illustrated by Graham Palfrey-Rogers, read by Morag Hood

This has not been the healthiest of weeks for me. I got a bad case of food poisoning (according to my doctor, probably e-coli, but I couldn't leave the house long enough to get that definitively tested, and even if it had been, the treatment is the same: you have to suffer until it works its way out of your system) and all that violent purging of my system threw off my electrolytes and caused all sorts of havoc.

And yet, in between all my countless desperate trips to pray to the porcelain gods, I was still watching news and talking to Susie on the phone about the posts I wished I had the energy to do. When I did get to the doctor's office, he gently suggested that maybe it was more important to focus on my health instead of politics for a few days. And that's when I realized that blogging had become my Pandora's Box. The danger of political blogging is that you become aware of all these evils: greed, corruption, criminality, and there's no way to divest yourself of that awareness. There's no way to close up the box again. There's a part of me that would love to be ignorant and be able to leave alone politics for a bit. But that little fairy Hope flies around my ears and whispers that my knowledge demands that I do what I can to shine a light on the evils.

ABC's "This Week" — Sens. Saxby Chambliss, R-Ga., and Tim Kaine, D-Va.; Facebook President and CEO Mark Zuckerberg. Roundtable: ABC News’ Cokie Roberts, Democratic strategist and ABC News contributor Donna Brazile, ABC News political analyst Matthew Dowd, and Weekly Standard editor Bill Kristol. Dr. Maya Angelou.

NBC's "Meet the Press" — Pre-empted by coverage of Formula One auto racing.

CBS' "Face the Nation" — Reps. Steny Hoyer, D-Md., and Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif.; former Secret Service agent Clint Hill. Panel: David Sanger of the New York Times, Kimberly Strassel of the Wall Street Journal, David Rohde of Reuters and The Atlantic and Nancy Gibbs, managing editor of TIME magazine.

MSNBC's "UP with Steve Kornacki" -- Joan Walsh,; John Stanton,; Sahil Kapur, Talking Points Memo; Rep. John Yarmuth (D-KY); Fmr. Gov. Brian Schweitzer (D-MT); April Ryan, American Urban Radio Networks.

MSNBC's "Melissa Harris-Perry" -- Dean Baker, Co-Director of the Center for Economic and Policy Research; Elon James White, Managing Director and Host, This Week in Blackness; Ron Christie, GOP Strategist / Former Special Assistant to President George W. Bush; Sally Kohn, Columnist for the Daily Beast and Salon; Farai Chideya, Professor of Journalism at NYU; Jamie Kilstein, Co-Host of Citizen Radio; Malcolm D. Lee, Writer/Producer/Director of “The Best Man Holiday”; Scot Ross, Executive Director of One Wisconsin Now; Chris Kofinis, Democratic Strategist.

MSNBC's "Disrupt with Karen Finney" -- Jared Bernstein, MSNBC Contributor; Joan Walsh, Salon; Dana Weinstein, mother who had late term abortion; Jackie Kucinich, Washington Post; Richard Trumka, President, AFL-CIO; Jonathan Alter, MSNBC Political Analyst; Anthony Goytia, Walmart Worker.

CNN's "State of the Union" — Rep. Ed Royce, R-Calif., and Eliot Engel, D-N.Y.; Sens. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., and Ron Johnson, R-Wis.

CNN's "Reliable Sources" -- Guest host: NPR TV critic Eric Deggans. The Washington Post’s Erik Wemple and Amy Holmes, anchor for The Blaze, Vincent Duffy, News Director of Michigan Radio, and Richard Prince of the Maynard Institute for Journalism Education, Buzzfeed foreign editor Miriam Elder and Lauren Wolfe, Director of the Women Under Siege Project, The Atlantic’s James Fallows and The New York Times’ Christine Haughney, author Jeff Jarvis and NYU School of Journalism’s Jay Rosen, Viviana Hurtado, founding editor of The Wise Latina Club, and Alyssa Rosenberg, features editor for

"Fox News Sunday" — Sens. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., and Ben Cardin, D-Md.; former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin. George Will; Julie Pace,White House Correspondent for The Associated Press; Nina Easton, FORTUNE's Washington columnist & senior editor; Juan Williams.

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