Charles and Eddie- Would I Lie To You?
My dad used to warn me about my grousing: "Be careful what you wish for..." and you know, as much as I hate to admit it, he was right. I've been doing these Sunday morning posts for a few years now, and a common theme is the absence of Democrats, and especially big name Democrats getting represented on the Sunday shows. Well, that's not true this morning. The White House is pulling out some big dogs: Advisers Valerie Jarret and David Axelrod, Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel and Senators John Kerry and Chris Dodd as well as Terry McAuliffe and John Podesta. So we have Democrats aplenty. But why do I feel that we're still not going to get an honest discussion of issues? Some of it has to be the hosts--Jay Rosen of NYU's Journalism School made me laugh last night with his tweet about David Gregory, and I've been more than open about my feelings for the job George Stephanopoulos does. And don't even get me started on Chris Matthews' framing that Obama needs to convince the left to not accept the public option. But it's not just the hosts, it's also the guests too--I'd rather have Rep. Anthony Weiner or Alan Grayson over Rahm Emanuel any day.
Well, it only took nine months for producers to actually not book two Republicans for every Democratic politician. Maybe in a couple more years we can look forward to actual liberals getting a chance to provide our point of view. Of course, I may regret asking for that too...
ABC's "This Week" - David Axelrod, White House senior adviser.
CBS' "Face the Nation" - White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel; Sens. John Kerry, D-Mass., and John Cornyn, R-Texas.
NBC's "Meet the Press" - White House senior adviser Valerie Jarrett; Sens. Chris Dodd, D-Conn., and Jon Kyl, R-Ariz.; California first lady Maria Shriver; John Podesta, head of the Center for American Progress.
NBC's "The Chris Matthews Show" - Panel: Helene Cooper, Dan Rather, Andrew Sullivan and Kelly O'Donnell. Topics: How Will President Obama Lead the Left to Accept No Public Option? The War Over Troops for Afghanistan
CNN's "State of the Union" - Emanuel; Kerry; Sen. Judd Gregg, R-N.H.
CNN's "Fareed Zakaria GPS" - A spirited discussion with a panel of international economists. Is the stimulus working? Plus, the ongoing crisis in Pakistan and Afghanistan.
CNN's "Amanpour" - Queen Rania of Jordan and the Crown Prince and Princess of Norway. Amanpour looks at whether the U.S. and the international community can hold Russia accountable for its human rights abuses in Chechnya.
"Fox News Sunday" - Sens. Kent Conrad, D-N.D., Arlen Specter, D-Pa., and John Thune, R-S.D.; Terry McAuliffe, former Democratic National Committee chairman.
So, what's catching your eye this morning?