Former Bush speechwriter turned Washington Post op-ed writer Michael Gerson wants the viewers of CBS’ Face the Nation to believe that the members of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl’s unit that have been coming out in droves to attack him in the media would not have been doing so if the Obama administration hadn’t called his service “honorable.’
Never mind that Fox regular and former Bolton and Romney adviser, Richard Grenell’s PR firm is behind coordinating their media interviews, which I suspect had to be in the works well before President Obama or Susan Rice made any statements about the release and prisoner swap to the press, given how quickly they were ready to get them on the air.
No never mind that, the president made them do it.
BOB SCHIEFFER: You know I must say that I— I do agree with Tom when he says, you know, we always have to go and get our people. We can never leave our people behind. But what happened after that is the part that I— I kind of have a problem with is this Rose Garden ceremony and all that. Michael, you were at the White House—
MICHAEL GERSON: Sure.
BOB SCHIEFFER: —how did that strike you?
Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn disgraces our country yet again by defending the GOP’s blocking of Paycheck Fairness Act
Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) asserted over the weekend that the Republican Party was the party of “women’s equality” days after Senate Republicans blocked the Paycheck Fairness Act. In a party line Senate vote last week, Republicans refused to…
Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) has not hesitated to voice his distaste towards U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Susan Rice, who may be nominated to replace Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State. On Face the Nation Sunday morning, McCain went even further than simply opposing Rice’s nomination and said that, “until we find out all the information” on the Benghazi consulate attacks, he would not support any Secretary of State nominee.
McCain at first said it “might be a beginning” if Rice could come on the program to explain her position. But when pressed by host Bob Schieffer, the Arizona senator dug in and refused to support any nominee “under the present circumstances”:
SCHIEFFER: Until then, you will remain opposed to her nomination?
MCCAIN: Under the present circumstances, until we find out all the information as to what happened, I don’t think you would want to support any nominee right now. Because this is very very serious and it has even larger implications than the deaths of 4 Americans. It really goes to the heart of this whole light foot print policy that this administration is pursuing.
As Lawrence O’Donnell highlighted on The Last Word, Rush thinks they are all “far left-wing liberal Democrats.”
Jim Lehrer of PBS, whjo’ll be hosting the first encounter, has previously hosted eleven debates. Limbaugh called him a “far left-wing liberal Democrat.”
CNN’s Candy Crowley, who will host the second “town-hall” style debate, is a “far, far left-wing liberal Democrat momma,” Limbaugh said.
Rush dubbed CBS’s Bob Schieffer a “far, far left-wing liberal Democrat…and dinosaur.”
And he called ABC News reporter Martha Raddatz, who is hosting the vice presidential debate, the same—except instead of a “dinosaur,” Rush dismissed Raddatz as an “infobabe for ABC.”
“It’s the same old media hacks handling the debates,” said Limbaugh.
(via David Edwards at The Raw Story: On CBS’s Face The Nation, Clay Aiken confronts Tony Perkins: “You’ll be ‘ashamed’ for opposing LGBT rights” | The Raw Story)
Gay country music star Clay Aiken on Sunday told the leader of a Christian think tank that he would eventually be “ashamed” over his opposition to rights for LGBT Americans.
During a discussion about President Obama’s support of same sex marriage, Family Research Council’s Tony Perkins explained that “civil rights are rooted in natural law: Americans just don’t see same sex marriage as being natural.”
“When you look at [the ban on] interracial marriage, that was wrong,” Perkins admitted. “There was no reason to be opposed to that because you had two people who met the definition of marriage between a man and a woman. And that’s consistent with natural law, which our civil rights are based on. When you look at same sex marriage, that’s counter to natural law.”
Sitting directly next to Perkins on CBS’s Face the Nation, American Idol runner-up Clay Aiken, a Southern Baptist who announced he was gay after having his first child in 2008, confronted the Family Research Council president.
“Between the time of 2003 and today, we’ve seen — as we’ve seen with gay marriage polling — we’ve seen minds changing,” Aiken explained. “We’ve seen people become more open and understanding of homosexuality.”
Five years ago, just off a bout from cancer, Bob Schieffer was set to retire from CBS’s “Face the Nation.” That never stuck, and now he’s doubling his workload.
Starting Sunday, the public affairs program expands to an hour. Vice President Joe Biden, whom Schieffer interviewed Thursday in Milwaukee, is the featured guest. Republican presidential candidates Newt Gingrich and Ron Paul are also booked.
With a presidential campaign under way, it’s an attention-getting time for the Sunday morning shows. The landscape changed already this year when George Stephanopoulos returned to the helm of ABC’s “This Week” in January.
Shortly after Schieffer started as host two decades ago, he said his competitor, the late Tim Russert of “Meet the Press,” went to his NBC bosses to urge that the show be expanded to an hour. Give me three months, Russert said, and if the ratings don’t improve we’ll go back to a half-hour.
They never looked back, and Russert dominated Sunday mornings until his death in 2008.
"Tim was the best of the best," Schieffer said. "But the fact of the matter is what propelled them to No. 1 is they went to an hour and they were the first to do that. When they did that, it left us in the dust."
Schieffer repeatedly nagged his bosses to follow suit. He made the same speech when Jeff Fager and David Rhodes took over last year, not expecting much. When they gave the go-ahead, Schieffer said, “I nearly fainted.”
Ratings and election news figured in the timing. “Meet the Press,” now with David Gregory, averaged 3.3 million viewers during the first three months of the year. “Face the Nation” was a close second with 3.09 million, the Nielsen company said. “This Week” had 2.53 million and “Fox News Sunday” averaged 1.15 million. “Face the Nation” is the only broadcast to see its ratings improve over last year.
Betsy Fischer, “Meet the Press” executive producer, said she’s all for more Sunday morning TV time.
"When we went to an hour 20 years ago, I remember the big advantage was that it gave us much more flexibility in programming the show," Fischer said. "I suspect it will be beneficial to CBS in that respect as well."
Continuing his crusade against the courts, Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich railed against judges “imposing secularism” on the country on this morning’s Face The Nation. Arguing that “activist judges” who make disagreeable decisions should be held accountable before Congress, he told Bob Schieffer that he would send a U.S. Marshal or Capitol Police officer to arrest judges if that’s what it took to reign them in, and then encourage impeachment:
SCHIEFFER: One of the things you say is that if you don’t like what a court has done, that Congress should subpoena the judge and bring him before Congress and hold a Congressional hearing… how would you enforce that? Would you send the Capitol Police down to arrest him?
GINGRICH: Sure. If you had to. Or you’d instruct the Justice Department to send a U.S. Marshal.
Newt the Grinch = moron.
H/T: Zach Ford at ThinkProgress Justice
With its Sunday morning political talk show “Face the Nation” doing well in the ratings entering an election year, anchor Bob Schieffer said Sunday the show will match its rivals by expanding to an hour in April.
Both “Meet the Press” on NBC and “This Week” on ABC already air for an hour each week, but Schieffer’s show lasts 30 minutes.
"You made it possible," Schieffer told viewers at the end of Sunday’s show. "We don’t plan to change a thing, no bells and whistles. We’ll just keep sitting the key newsmakers down, turning on the lights and asking them questions and then we’ll bring in the experts from in and outside CBS News for analysis."
Schieffer spent many years in third place in the ratings. But personnel changes have hurt his competitors: “Meet the Press” is no longer dominant with David Gregory as it was with the late Tim Russert, and Christiane Amanpour replaced George Stephanopoulos on “This Week.”
"Meet the Press" still leads this season among all viewers, but in the key news demo of viewers aged 25-to-54, "Face the Nation" is ahead. The Dec. 4 episode of the broadcast had 14 percent more viewers than the same week a year earlier.