Sunday, November 26, 2006


Meet the Press meeting mostly non-progressives

After last Sunday's grandstanding by having two Democrats on the air - John Tester and Jim Webb -
Tim Russert and the Meet the Press crew returned to their pro-Republican form by having just a token Democrat (Ike Skelton) as part of a 4-person panel on the Iraq war; the other three panelists were two retired generals and the presumptive presidential candidate, far-right Duncan Hunter. The main guest was California Guvernator, Arnold.

Nice try, Tim, but we have you pegged at 1-5 for the week.

Over at Fox News Sunday, Chris Wallace got drilled by Rep. Barney Frank, who told the host that while he was appreciative that three Democrats were invited to appear (Charles Rangel, John Dingell were the other two), Wallace's questons had nothing to do with the Democrats' agenda and more to do with stirring controversy over issues such as Nancy Pelosi's promoting of John Murtha for the majority leadership position and her choice of Alcie Hastings to chair the House Intelligence Committee.

Frank's comment was right on the mark, as Wallace once again exhibited his telling smirk (the same one Clinton pointed out), which comes out every time he's caught with the truth.

Still, we applaud Fox News for at least having 3 Democrats out of their 4 guests.

Sunday News Shows Scorecard

How well are the Sunday News Talk shows presenting the progressive/Democratic point-of-view?

We look at the guests each show has and award them a point for every guest that is either an elected Democrat or shares the values of the progressive left and a zero for every one that does not. Generally, Democratic party guests get a 1; Republicans and all others, a zero.

Week 3 - November 26

Show Guests Score WeeKTotal Cum. Total* Cum. %**
Meet the Press (NBC) Arnold Schwarzenegger, Ike Skelton, Duncan Hunter, Gen. Barry McCaffrey, Gen. Wayne Downing 1 1-5 3-9 33
Fox News Sunday (FOX) John Dingell, Charles Rangel, Barney Frank, Trent Lott 3 3-4 5-8 62.5
This Week (ABC) King Abdullah, Dick Durbin, Sam Brownback 1 1-3 4-8 50
Face the Nation (CBS) Bob Corker (R-TN), Claire McCaskill (D-MO), Sherrod Brown (D-OH) 2 2-3 4-7 57
Total for week, all shows all guests 7 7-15 16-32 50.00

*Total of progressive/Democrat guests to total # of guests.
**Total percentage of shows beginning with Sunday, November 12.
Chart updated weekly each Sunday.

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