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Sunday Talking Heads: November 17, 2013

1:15 pm in Sunday Talking Heads by Elliott

Movie Night Monday’s Film is Bettie Page Reveals All.

First of all, OBAMA IS ON THE ROPES!, so there’s that.

And special treat for everyone, Erik Prince gets a special Sunday Spotlight with George Stephanopoulos to sell his new book about how his “citizen warriors” saved the world or something. Does he actually care what people think about him? Has he tired of the Abu Dhabi life?

This is a big weekend for JFK memories with the 50th anniversary of his murder this coming Friday. Not this Monday, but the Monday after, Lisa and JP Sottile are cohosting John Barbour for a discussion on The Garrison Tapesthe movie and more at the link.

As for this week’s Movie Night, the story of the original pinup model, Bettie Page! FDL Book Salon does neoliberalism (do your homework kids), and Stuart Zechman and Kevin C. Murphy are Virtually Speaking.


ABC’S THIS WEEK: Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY). Then Gov. Scott Walker (R-WI) sells his book. Roundtable: Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL), PBS “NewsHour” co-host and managing editor Gwen Ifill, former Obama White House senior adviser and ABC News contributor David Plouffe, ABC News political analyst Matthew Dowd, former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean, and Wall Street Journal foreign affairs columnist Bret Stephens. Plus, looking back at the assassination of JFK, ABC News Chief National Correspondent Byron Pitts with Patrick Kennedy and Ken Burns. Finally, Erik Prince sells his book, too.

CBS’ FACE THE NATION: Bob Schieffer tastefully broadcasts “live from the very place Lee Harvey Oswald fired the shot that killed President Kennedy.” Guests: “Luci Baines Johnson Turpin, Lyndon Johnson’s youngest daughter. Luci was sixteen when the President was shot, and she has never spoken publicly about the assassination – but now she’ll talk all about how this impacted her family and what it was like that day. I’ll also speak with Hugh Aynesworth, who was a Dallas Morning News reporter covering President Kennedy’s Dallas trip. Aynesworth was in Dealey Plaza when the shots rang out on November 22nd, 1963. He is the only reporter who was present for Kennedy’s shooting, the arrest of Lee Harvey Oswald, and the shooting of Oswald by Jack Ruby. We’ll also have Mike Cochran, a former Associated Press correspondent who was enlisted to carry Oswald’s coffin from the hearse to the gravesite when he covered the funeral.” Roundtable: Douglas Brinkley, Thurston Clarke, Larry Sabato, David Gergen, Peggy Noonan.

CNN’S STATE OF THE UNION: Senate Republican Policy Committee Chair John Barrasso (R-WI) and House Assistant Democratic Leader Jim Clyburn (D-SC). Then, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

FOX NEWS SUNDAY: Karen Ignagni, CEO of America’s Health Insurance Plans, and former Senator Ben Nelson, CEO of the National Association of Insurance Commissioners. And lifelong resident of Wyoming (lol) Liz Cheney. Roundtable: Brit Hume, Bob Woodward, George Will, Judy Woodruff.

KORNACKI’S UP:Tune in Sunday 8a @msnbc coverage of #JFK50 starts w a 2-hour look at the life, the legacy and the media coverage of our 35th President …with a great panel: Robert MacNeil Harris Wofford Walter Mears @KerryKennedyRFK @Steele_Michael @ATLShirley @PWJ_III @JaneHallAU #JFK50

MELISSA HARRIS-PERRY: The Syllabus “A new look at American foreign policy, Richard Cohen’s remarks on race, Renisha McBride, Melissa’s daughter in space, and much more”.

MOYERS & COMPANY: The Path of Positive Resistance. Two Green Shadow Cabinet members [doctors Jill Stein and Margaret Flowers] talk about their fight against dysfunctional government policies. Plus, a preview of Following the Ninth, a new film about Beethoven’s masterpiece and viewer mail.

NBC’S MEET THE PRESS: House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi. v Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-NH). Roundtable: NBC Special Correspondent Tom Brokaw; Washington Post columnist Kathleen Parker; Republican Strategist Mike Murphy; and host of MSNBC’s “Hardball,” Chris Matthews. Read the rest of this entry →

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Sunday Talking Heads: October 13, 2013

11:42 am in Sunday Talking Heads by Elliott


Today’s book salon is sobering, Against Their Will: The Secret History of Medical Experimentation on Children in Cold War America, Jeff Kaye hosts. Monday’s movie night is also stark, The Ghosts in Our Machine, “A cinematic documentary that illuminates the lives of individual animals living within and rescued from the machine of our modern world.”

As for the talk shows this morning, no surprise that it’s all Shutdown.

And Once Again, Sunday Morning Talk Shows Are White, Male, And Conservative, sadly, a report from Media Matters:

White Men Still Represent The Largest Proportion Of Guests Except On Melissa Harris-Perry. Six of the seven shows analyzed — This Week, Face the Nation, Fox News Sunday, Meet the Press, State of the Union, and Up — have hosted white men at a significantly higher rate than their 31 percent portion of the population. Melissa Harris-Perry provided the greatest diversity among guests, providing a much higher rate of white women and African-American guests than the other programs; Up also hosted a higher percentage of people from those demographics than CNN or the broadcast programs. Latino, Asian-American, and Middle Eastern guests have been largely absent from the Sunday shows. Native Americans fared even worse, with only two appearances (one on Melissa Harris-Perry and one on Up) out of a total of 2,436 appearances over the nine-month period studied.

And here are the listings:


ABC’S THIS WEEK: Who would know.

CBS’ FACE THE NATION:  Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY), and Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-NH).  Then, Tea Party Republican Tim Huelskamp (R-KS).  Roundtable:  Dee Dee Myers, the press secretary during the Clinton administration, Newt Gingrich, former speaker of the house, Wall Street Journal’s Kimberley Strassel, and Washington Post’s Dan Balz.

CNN’S STATE OF THE UNION:   Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), and Susan Collins (R-ME). Roundtable: former Montana Governor Brian Schweitzer, Newt Gingrich and Former White House Communications Director Anita Dunn.

FOX NEWS SUNDAY:   Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN) and Sen. Joe Manchin (D-VW).  Tea Party Sen. Jim Jordan (R-OH).

KORNACKI’S UP: @upwithsteve


MOYERS & COMPANY:  Heather Gerken on Dollars v. Democracy - A constitutional law professor explains what’s at stake in McCutcheon v. FEC, the campaign finance case before the Supreme Court.

NBC’S MEET THE PRESS:   Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH) and Assistant Democratic Leader Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL).  Then, Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund Christine Lagarde.  Roundtable: Co-anchor and managing editor of the PBS Newshour, Judy Woodruff; Washington Post Columnist Kathleen Parker; Harold Ford; and NBC News Chief White House Correspondent and Political Director Chuck Todd. Also, former Defense Secretary Leon Panetta. Read the rest of this entry →

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Help Us Review David Gregory’s Meet The Press Video

8:05 am in Uncategorized by Elliott

Gregory’s getting a new set! With books and everything.

So let’s review the video.


To conduct an interview, you need a table and two chairs. A panel discussion requires a larger table and more chairs, arranged so that you can see more than one person and the panelists can see and speak to each other.

David Gregory is very excited that NBC has figured this out. He also thinks it’s really cool that NBC has some book shelves with books he’s never read.

The Producers of NBC must be some of the silliest people in America, and that says a lot.