Maroon 5 - Makes Me Wonder
If a tree falls in a forest and no one hears it, does it make a sound? If a couple hundred thousand politically engaged citizens come to a rally in Washington DC but the media studiously ignores it or downplays it, does it still have the same impact? That's the question I will be asking as I watch this morning's bobbleheads. It makes me wonder what progressives have to do for the media to acknowledge their existence. This week's crop of shows have potential for some interesting exchanges. Rand Paul and Jack Conway will debate head to head on Fox News Sunday. Face the Nation is going the all Democratic politician route, amazingly enough and mercy be upon us, we're relieved of David Gregory with Meet the Press pre-empted for golf. But still, there's one show that makes me wonder. Iranian-born Christiane Amanpour is hosting a forum on This Week, purportedly in keeping with the Park51 Community Center controversy. But the framing in the advance press notice of the show is just disturbing: “HOLY WAR: SHOULD AMERICANS FEAR ISLAM?” Really? We need to frame this as a holy war? If anything, I think American Muslims should fear the media in this country for continually sowing those seeds of fear and distrust.
ABC's "This Week" - Town hall meeting about the New York City mosque, with the Rev. Franklin Graham; Daisy Khan, a co-leader of the project; Peter Gadiel of the 9/11 Families for a Secure America Foundation; and others.
CBS' "Face the Nation" - Govs. Bill Richardson, D-N.M., and Ed Rendell, D-Pa.; independent Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont.
NBC's "Meet the Press" - Pre-empted by coverage of the Ryder Cup golf competition.
NBC's "The Chris Matthews Show" - Panel: Dan Rather, Katty Kay, Gloria Borger, John Harris. Topics: How New Media Have Radically Changed Politics; The Effects of Cell Phone Cameras and YouTube.
CNN's "State of the Union" - Sens. John Cornyn, R-Texas, and Robert Menendez, D-N.J.; Husain Haqqani, Pakistan's ambassador to the United States.
CNN's "Fareed Zakaria GPS" - Wen Jiabao, the Premier of China
"Fox News Sunday" - Kentucky Senate debate between Republican Rand Paul and Democrat Jack Conway.
So, what's catching your eye this morning?