fair and balanced!

ThinkProgress: One week after President Obama announced the death of Osama bin Laden, the AP reports this afternoon on who we can expect to hear from on this week’s Sunday political talk shows:

ABC’s “This Week” — National security adviser Tom Donilon; Pakistan’s ambassador to the U.S., Husain Haqqani; former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.

NBC’s “Meet the Press” — Donilon; former Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff; former CIA Director Michael Hayden; former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani.

CBS’ “Face the Nation” — Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass.; former Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld.

CNN’s “State of the Union” — Donilon; Sen. Richard Lugar, R-Ind.; NATO’s secretary-general, Anders Fogh Rasmussen.

“Fox News Sunday” — Donilon; former Vice President Dick Cheney.

That’s right. Despite the fact that President Obama gave the order to take down bin Laden, only one Obama administration official will take part in this Sunday’s festivities. By contrast, there are 5 former Bush administration officials making appearances. In total, 7 Republicans are on the networks this Sunday versus 2 Democrats. Torture apologists have been arguing this week that Bush’s torture program is responsible for getting bin Laden. Conveniently, this Sunday, some of the Bush administration officials involved in authorizing it will get their chance to defend themselves.

Steve Benen: ……by my count, nine Republicans from Congress or the Bush administration will be on this morning, as compared to three Democrats from Congress or the Obama administration. In other words, it’s a fairly typical Sunday – even after a major success story for a Democratic White House.

35 Responses to “fair and balanced!”

  1. 1 V C prezOfan2
    May 8, 2011 at 10:48 am

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    in the TOD family!

    May today be filled with a special sense of loving warmth, wherever you are and whatever you do!

    Also, ‘A Happy Blog Mothering Day to you, Chipsticks! We love the way you care for this family!’

    • 2 V C prezOfan2
      May 8, 2011 at 10:49 am

      A little more lopsided than it looked in preparation, but you get the idea. I wish ALL mothers a great day! 😆

      • 3 GGail
        May 8, 2011 at 11:31 am

        VC prezOfan2 – I say it looks wonderful and thoughtful – thank you and the same to you and the mother’s in your life! I also agree that we should thank BlogMother Chipsticks for guiding and nurturing this TOD family. Have a great day everyone and remember to laugh today – even if it’s only at the MSM!

      • 5 V C prezOfan2
        May 8, 2011 at 12:38 pm

        Oops! I was just preparing some chicken for supper later when I realized that I forgot to list ‘stepmothers’. Sorry stepmoms, but you KNOW you are included, right? Have a terrific day!

        Thanks, GGail! Trusting that you are having a good time with family and/ friends today!

    • 6 Betsy
      May 8, 2011 at 12:03 pm

      You too, and same to you Chipsticks!

  2. May 8, 2011 at 10:50 am

    if Democrats can’t get on the tv, then how can they defend POTUS?

    • 8 kelly
      May 8, 2011 at 11:59 am

      exactly. unfortunately msm is owned by die hard republicans, the blockade will continue.

    • 9 woody45
      May 8, 2011 at 1:47 pm

      Right there. I see a lot of comments on the blogosphere about how Dems are failing the messaging war. It’s easy to see why when the MSM won’t invite them on. There seems to be some misconception that Dems can book themselves onto these shows anytime they want to.

  3. 10 cdholds
    May 8, 2011 at 10:59 am

    Come on now, obviously the president selected Tom Donilon to be the mouthpiece on this issue, which is why he’s on ALL the shows. Yes, total number of repub vices is larger, but as far as the Obama Admin. getting its message out, and representing a variety of perspectives it looks like each individual show is being pretty fair. Now if they continuously cut Dems short and let Repubs speak at length, wake me up and I’ll start hollerin.

    • 11 EDP4BHO
      May 8, 2011 at 11:10 am

      I’ll just say I disagree, but that’s par for the course with these assholes. Meanwhile, HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY TO ALL THE MOMMIES HERE…..BE BLESSED AND ENJOY ALL THE FRUITS OF OUR LABORS AS NURTURERS TO THE UNIVERSE… 😀

  4. 12 dotster
    May 8, 2011 at 11:00 am

    Isn’t that just unbelievable? No matter what the news, there is always a flood of Republicans invited on those programs to provide “balance”, or rather an opportunity to tamp down Democratic enthusiasm and to continue to spread Republican propaganda. It’s especially egregious and telling this week. We’re up against a huge corporate-driven, billionaire-backed, powerful force. That is why it is so essential that all hands are on deck on our side and on the same page. It’s so maddening that we still have supposed Dems/liberals who don’t realize that, or don’t care, and are willing to risk it all for their selfish, egotistic meanderings.

    • 13 Sue in Minnesota
      May 8, 2011 at 11:40 am

      A wonderful and warm Mother’s Day to all Mothers everywhere, and all who love and appreciate them. I know my Mom is one of the most important people in my world and I will always be greatful for the many ways she has blessed me.

      Our MSM is dysfunctional and an insult and assault to our thinking and the healthy functioning of our Democracy.
      Bobfr is on the right track, we need to become part of a new movement promoting the dissemination of honest information and balanced perspectives. More fact, less opinion. Expanded discussion of issues, less drama and fabricated controversy. Real conversations, less stage craft. The MSM treats the Republican party/message as baseline for the majority of Americans, which is biased and inaccurate. Time for us to move the goalposts.

      A very special Mothers Day wish to our FLOTUS and Marion Robinson…..they deserve extra love, attention and appreciation for all they are and all they do. God Bless them always.

  5. May 8, 2011 at 11:03 am

    One positive — no John McCain on the shows today!

    • 15 meta
      May 8, 2011 at 12:44 pm

      Yeah, I guess we can be grateful for that, right? GEEZE.

    • 16 woody45
      May 8, 2011 at 1:56 pm

      Well it’s not necessary considering this has been a big week for him. Remember in MSM lingo it’s always good news for John McCain

  6. 17 gc
    May 8, 2011 at 11:38 am

    Blech. I can only hope that the Sunday shows are bleeding viewers. It seems as though the public, is, at any rate, waking up to the truth.

  7. 18 StR
    May 8, 2011 at 11:39 am

    This explains everything – Republicans don’t have mothers.

    • 19 V C prezOfan2
      May 8, 2011 at 2:16 pm

      🙂 Or don’t appreciate them in the same way – a fact which ties in with the many bills they put forward to the detriment of women?

  8. 20 Debra
    May 8, 2011 at 11:41 am

    Forget the repubs. Don’t forget to look at President Obama on 60 minutes tonight.

  9. May 8, 2011 at 11:42 am

    Fair and balance is a term that some highly paid PR person working for FOX News came up with.

    It is an oxymoron.

    If the news organizations admonished their journalists to do their jobs by investigating and reporting the facts as professionals fair and balanced catchy PR phrases would not be necessary. Since that is not the case we must work with what we are dealt.

    The DEMS need to unleash the BIG GUNS and soon.

    • 23 Ladyhawke
      May 8, 2011 at 1:37 pm

      The tag line goes if it’s Sunday – It’s Meet The Press. I thought this comment from the Steve Benen post was spot on:

      JoeW on May 08, 2011 8:47 AM:

      If it’s Sunday, It’s Meet the Republicans

  10. 24 kelly
    May 8, 2011 at 12:05 pm

    Roaches coming out of their disgusting woodworks is all I think of when I see all these failed Republican persons all over the tv. Our smart, calculating, unsentimental, Democrat President Obama found and killed Bin Laden! The GOP along with the failed worst President in Americana history wore flight suits, yelled a lot then gave up.

  11. 26 kasai
    May 8, 2011 at 12:37 pm


    I was watching Rudy Guliani ..was praising the President while in NY….I think he was able to see up close and personal to how down to earth and compassionate our President was….further more he saw, how these firefighters and policeman and the people of NY obsolutely LOVED POTUS .

    And for yakking talking heads on the Sunday shows…..let’s remember that our PRESIDENT…will shut all this nonsense down tonight on 60 MINUTES……SO HAPPY WATCHING TONIGHT….


  12. 27 meta
    May 8, 2011 at 12:46 pm

    GAG. Sooooooo glad I stopped watching that dreck 2 1/2 years ago.

  13. 28 Bobfr
    May 8, 2011 at 12:51 pm

    Happy Mother’s Day to all the fine moms who post here and to everyone’s mom.

    Chipsticks, as you know, it was upon learning of the abomination of a Sunday dedicated to torture advocates and otherwise war criminals that induced me to write and post what I shared with you and others yesterday. We are so much less of the democracy America should and must be because of the fail of our broadcast TV/radio/cable/print media. Will be trying to find ways to change that situation.

    Yes.We.Can. … DO.More.Together!

  14. 29 LYNND
    May 8, 2011 at 1:31 pm

    They can get on the teevee, and yammer until the cows come home. Barack Obama will go down in history, as the President who got Osama Bin Laden.

  15. 30 Sonjia Duncan
    May 8, 2011 at 2:12 pm

    Happy Mothers Day to all. Thank you Chipsticks for this warm retreat from the blast of lies and hate. God bless you all and God bless our United States.

  16. 31 V C prezOfan2
    May 8, 2011 at 2:20 pm

    Frankly Gang, I don’t understand why you are permitting the Meet the Press farce to rain on your Mother’s Day parade.

  17. 32 Asher in Boston
    May 8, 2011 at 3:16 pm

    And whats new? Good I gave up on all those so called shows in 2007 during the campaigns. They are all rightwing talking heads/platforms.. let them listen to each other blubbering away for all I care.

  18. 33 Betty's Girl
    May 8, 2011 at 3:55 pm

    I can’t watch too many news programs any more because they are all so lazy, unintelligent and uninformative. They just go with the flow of whatever the gossip of the week. The Repubs realize this, plant the story and the media just runs with it. And they can’t figure out why their ratings have gone down so badly. No one respects the field anymore. As for the Bushies they just look pathetic! Still trying to repair their damage record. The President has moved the country forward. I too sometimes want him to fight more in the Press but he seems to enjoy just proving them wrong. Why get into a shouting match with the old administration? That’s what they want that’s what the media want to help with their rating slump. I should’ve known the President was up to something a few weeks back when he agreed to the allow the trials at Guatuanamo (sp)to continue. He is about to get all the old Administration stuff off his desk and they know it. And why not since he can’t get anything legislatively done. I can’t wait to see what will be going on by the end of year!

  19. 34 majii
    May 8, 2011 at 3:57 pm

    There was one little bright spot on Fox today–Cheney credited PBO with ridding the world of OBL.

    On Fox News Sunday former vice president Dick Cheney explained to his own party why Obama deserves credit for getting Osama Bin Laden. Cheney said, “It’s no question that was his responsibility and I think he handled it well.”


    According to Fox News, Chris Wallace asked Dick Cheney how much credit Obama deserves for getting Bin Laden. Cheney answered,

    Well, I think you’ve got to give him a lot of credit for making the decision to have SEAL Team Six conduct the raid that got bin Laden. There is no question that was his responsibility. And I think he handled it well. I give him high marks for it, for making that decision.

    I still am concerned about the fact that I think a lot of the techniques that we had used to keep the country safe for more than seven years are no longer available. That they’ve been sort of taken off the table, if you will.

    When the president first came into office, he moved to close Guantanamo. He has had to give up on that now. He also suspended the enhanced interrogation program and substituted the provisions of the U.S. Army Manual for that purpose. So, it’s not clear to me today if we still have an interrogation program that we can put somebody through should we capture a high-value detainee that had crucial information.

    If I’m not mistaken, Cheney also admitted that the Obama Administration didn’t use torture to get OBL!!

    Someone, please tell me, am I dreaming?

    • 35 Betty's Girl
      May 8, 2011 at 6:08 pm

      First,thanks for providing the correct spelling for Guantanamo! I butched it above LOL! I can’t give Cheney credit because he, Rice, and all the other big wigs Bushies have come out swinging hard against the President.

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