Open thread: Sunday talk shows

posted at 8:01 am on July 22, 2012 by Jazz Shaw

It should come as no surprise that the usual round of talk shows this morning will focus on the events in Colorado this week. But since simple coverage of a tragedy is never enough, expect to see a roundup of blame games and “lively discussion” about why we don’t have more gun control laws. There will also apparently be time for a bit of talk about the polls, who said what on the campaign trail and dancing horses.

Meet the Press (NBC): Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper (D) plus a roundtable of David Brooks, Michelle Rhee, Bob Shrum, and Steve Schmidt
Fox News Sunday (FOX): Senator Dianne Feinstein, Senator Ron Johnson, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
This Week with George Stephanopoulos (ABC): Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, Ed Rendell, George Will, Cokie Roberts, Joe Klein, and Jennifer Rubin.
Face the Nation (CBS): Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper, Aurora Mayor Steve Hogan, Congressman Ed Perlmutter. Roundtable TBA.

As a bonus, just to warm you up and let you know what’s on the mind of the The Week roundtable members, ABC offers up these pre-show thoughts from Cokie Roberts. They are titled, independently and objectively enough, Shame on the Republicans.

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I still don’t understand how needing to show ID has anything to do with race! Is Cokie suggesting that Blacks aren’t smart enough to figure out how to get proper ID? Seems like that’s what people like her are suggesting, which sounds kind of racist to me. Or is it one of these “people of color are more likely to be financially disadvantaged, and financially advantaged people may have more difficulty in obtaining ID” bunches of BS.

Give me a break. This racial obsession is getting absurd. You have to show an ID to do even the most basic things in daily life.

Seems to me like Democrats believe they’d probably lose unless voter fraud is allowed to flourish!

bluegill on July 22, 2012 at 10:06 AM

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I’ve passed into an “alternate reality”.

bluegill and I AGREE on something . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Wait a minute . . . . . . . . . who are you, and what have you done with the real bluegill ?

listens2glenn on July 22, 2012 at 2:02 PM

That should read : ‘why even dras the comparison’ ….and the audacity of inserting himself…

jimver on July 22, 2012 at 2:03 PM

Page #3 Bishop; hoorah (waving my little Droopy Dog flag).

listens2glenn on July 22, 2012 at 2:03 PM

Won’t be watching any of this sh!t. They are milking CO for all it’s worth…

OmahaConservative on July 22, 2012 at 8:10 AM

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Yeah, but how surprised are any of us ?

listens2glenn on July 22, 2012 at 2:06 PM

listens2glenn on July 22, 2012 at 2:06 PM

No surprises.

kingsjester on July 22, 2012 at 2:10 PM

listens2glenn on July 22, 2012 at 2:03 PM

Congrats. You are the Bishop of Page 3.

SparkPlug on July 22, 2012 at 2:24 PM

They should pass a law against booby trapping your apartment with explosives.

Oh wait. There already is a law for that. It didn’t help did it.

SparkPlug on July 22, 2012 at 2:26 PM

David Gregory is wearing Chris Matthew’s kneepads today…

OmahaConservative on July 22, 2012 at 10:41 AM

..just as long as he remembers to wipe his nose and lips.

The War Planner on July 22, 2012 at 10:45 AM

Ewww, guys…

jimver on July 22, 2012 at 2:27 PM

“Slow news daze”??
It’s 107 days to one of the most important elections in our nation’s history. Surely there’s something worth reporting / analyzing / informing the public about.

rayra on July 22, 2012 at 2:34 PM

“Slow news daze”??
It’s 107 days to one of the most important elections in our nation’s history. Surely there’s something worth reporting / analyzing / informing the public about.

rayra on July 22, 2012 at 2:34 PM

Well, , this is news, the presidente getting ready for photo-ops and theatrics in a swing state to score a few cheap political points. ..can it get more political than this?

jimver on July 22, 2012 at 2:41 PM

It’s 107 days to one of the most important elections in our nation’s history. Surely there’s something worth reporting / analyzing / informing the public about.

rayra on July 22, 2012 at 2:34 PM

They say that every election, and it’s always used to support the establishment. “Oh, no…we can’t take a chance on electing a limited government Constitutionalist! We have to vote for the most “electable”!”

Dante on July 22, 2012 at 2:45 PM

The cheapest one they make is over $800 with tax. All the way up to 2k.

http://www.smith-wesson.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/Category4_750001_750051_757785_-1_757784_757784_image

wolly4321 on July 22, 2012 at 1:46 PM

Sigh, what model exactly of SW M&P15 was it? The cheapest MSRP might be $800 but the cheapest retail average is $600-650 for the M&P Sport model. Don’t look at the manufacturer’s site for prices. Look up what MSRP means.

oryguncon on July 22, 2012 at 2:47 PM

What a disgrace!

How does Staphanophalus still have a job let alone host a Sunday show after trying to pin this on the Tea Party??

Too bad no one with a pair threw that back in his disgusting lib face!

LevinFan on July 22, 2012 at 2:53 PM

What a disgrace!

How does Staphanophalus still have a job…

LevinFan on July 22, 2012 at 2:53 PM

I hope you are not implying that he is well endowed or something..for some reasons that’s not the mental picture that I associate with him :)…

jimver on July 22, 2012 at 3:02 PM

at least we can watch the Open

harpman on July 22, 2012 at 11:15 AM

The Open was awesome (no spoilers, since some can only watch re-broadcasts) BUT ….
we also got THREE+ of those yummy ‘Romney singing’ Zero ads throughout the Open broadcast !
Hubby even tweeted that ‘O is making me use the mute button during the freaking OPEN !!’
LOLOL

pambi on July 22, 2012 at 3:12 PM

Remember when there was a dial on the tv? It is really the shere of ignorance. The list of sunday talk shows exemplifies it.

Fuquay Steve on July 22, 2012 at 3:43 PM

You can’t care if someone bankrolled it?

Wagthatdog on July 22, 2012 at 11:47 AM

No. Why do you assume a 24-yr old can’t have 15k without it being given to him?

Dante on July 22, 2012 at 12:31 PM

I don’t know a lot of 40 year old that have access to that kind of money.

Wagthatdog on July 22, 2012 at 4:24 PM

Dante on July 22, 2012 at 1:44 PM

You’re more than welcome to go to McDonalds and ask how many employees have even 10k laying around.

Wagthatdog on July 22, 2012 at 4:29 PM

Dante on July 22, 2012

More of the same. I used to care what you said. Not much anymore Polly.

CW on July 22, 2012 at 4:39 PM

I hope you are not implying that he is well endowed or something..for some reasons that’s not the mental picture that I associate with him :)…

jimver on July 22, 2012 at 3:02 PM

LOL, not what I was thinking at all !

Just trying to point out the liberal hypocrisy. Kind of like Andrea Mitchell on NNNNBC news still having a job after her smear job of Romney.

LevinFan on July 22, 2012 at 4:46 PM

NYC Mayor: Hold Obama, Romney accountable on gun control
July 20, 2012 2:16 PM
VIDEO
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(CBS News) New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg has a question for President Obama and Mitt Romney in response to the mass shootings in Colorado: “What are you going to do?”

“You know, Governor Romney when he was governor of Massachusetts actually passed a ban on assault weapons, and President Obama when he came into office in 2008 said he would reinstitute a federal ban on assault weapons,” Bloomberg told CBS News chief Washington correspondent Bob Schieffer, in an interview for “Face the Nation.”

“The governor has apparently changed his views, and the president has spent the last three years trying to avoid the issue – or if he’s facing it, I don’t know anybody that’s seen him face it.

“It’s time for both of them to be called, held accountable,” he continued. “You know, we spend all our time talking about tax returns, and gaffes, and things like that. This is one of those issues, along with a handful of others, that really matter to the American public. It matters to the future of our country, it matters to you and me and to our children and grandchildren. And it’s time I think that we hold them accountable and say, ‘Okay, you want our votes? What are you going to do?’”(More…)

http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-3460_162-57476795/nyc-mayor-hold-obama-romney-accountable-on-gun-control/

canopfor on July 22, 2012 at 5:34 PM

They should pass a law against booby trapping your apartment with explosives.

Oh wait. There already is a law for that. It didn’t help did it.

SparkPlug

Nahhh, the solution is obvious: ban midnight screenings.

/sarc

xblade on July 22, 2012 at 5:44 PM

Damn refresh, ate my awesome, glorious post.

Who is John Galt on July 22, 2012 at 6:47 PM

Another red-letter day for the least diverse part of America — the network news industry. What a pathetic joke.

Jaibones on July 22, 2012 at 1:39 PM

Better late than not at all. Remarkable. Thanks! Always look forward to your run down, glad I checked back for it.
; )

Bmore on July 22, 2012 at 7:09 PM

Yes, Really: Matthews Panel Wonders How Colorado Shooting Will Impact The Presidential Race
4:49 pm, July 22nd, 2012
VIDEO
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Let’s face it, if your job involves talking about politics, and the biggest news story you have to talk about is a nonpolitical one, you’re probably going to try and find a way to give said event some political context. But you’re going to make a lot of people uncomfortable when you take a horrible shooting incident and ask what impact it will have on the presidential race. Which is pretty much what everyone on The Chris Matthews Show did today for about two minutes, with Chuck Todd filling in for Chris Matthews.

RELATED: President Obama Addresses Tragic Aurora Movie Theater Shooting

Todd observed that last week was mostly a vicious one for politics, and then after news broke of the shooting, the race became much less toxic. Dan Rather predicted it would not last long, saying that the campaign rhetoric has become rather “bland and irrelevant.” CNN’s Gloria Borger said that Americans look to the president as a “national pastor” in times of crisis.

Todd asked if the negative ads were in such bad taste that the campaigns pulled them down after the tragic news broke, why are they up to begin with? Kathleen Parker said the campaigns would be well-advised to rethink the negativity in the weeks and months to come. Todd then speculated on what this whole tragedy means for the election, asking “Can an event like this shake the campaigns… out of the small and petty?” David Ignatius threw cold water on the idea, given how little other tragedies have affected national politics.

And then, as if to answer his own question, Todd immediately switched into full campaign discussion mode, highlighting the “small and petty” fights that have already gone on in the campaign. Rather predicted that Romney’s refusal to release more tax returns will hurt his campaign, while Borger said that the Obama campaign’s strategy boils down to making Romney out to be a “secret, outsourcing rich guy who doesn’t understand your problems.”

Parker brought up the “felon” charge that dominated the news cycle for a few days, and said that several independent fact-checkers have cleared Romney from some of the Obama campaign’s attacks. Todd brought up the hypothetical couple “Joe and Jane Smith from Toledo, Ohio” and wondered what people like them want the media to ask Romney about his taxes. Rather said the American people celebrate success, so long as it is gotten fairly.

Watch the full segment below, courtesy of NBC:

http://www.mediaite.com/tv/yes-really-matthews-panel-wonders-how-colorado-shooting-will-impact-the-presidential-race/

canopfor on July 22, 2012 at 7:16 PM

Hashtag? :)

jimver on July 22, 2012 at 1:54 PM

http://twitter.com/iowahawkblog/

Sorry I didn’t see it earlier, jimver. Busy day.

Jaibones on July 22, 2012 at 7:54 PM

How does Staphanophalus snuffalupagus still have a job…

LevinFan on July 22, 2012 at 2:53 PM

Surely you jest. Little Steffie was only doing what the douchebag liberal producers agreed to do for the O’Bonehead campaign. He can’t run ludicrous hitjobs on Romney in Colorado for a couple days, so he needed covering fire from his media operation.

Jaibones on July 22, 2012 at 7:57 PM

How is it drivers license applicants, anyone buying alcohol, food stamp recipients, unemployment enrollees, hospital patients and disability applicants must show a photo ID? Are the people working at these places all racist?

dthorny on July 22, 2012 at 8:46 PM

I don’t know a lot of 40 year old that have access to that kind of money.

Wagthatdog on July 22, 2012 at 4:24 PM

And?

Dante on July 22, 2012 at 8:57 PM

You’re more than welcome to go to McDonalds and ask how many employees have even 10k laying around.

Wagthatdog on July 22, 2012 at 4:29 PM

I’m sure they have 10k of material they could sell. Add that to financial aid and credit cards and it’s hardly a stretch. 10k is not the amount of money that you think it is.

Dante on July 22, 2012 at 9:15 PM

How is it drivers license applicants, anyone buying alcohol, food stamp recipients, unemployment enrollees, hospital patients and disability applicants must show a photo ID? Are the people working at these places all racist?

dthorny on July 22, 2012 at 8:46 PM

Your application of common sense and your closing question are both racist. You need reprogramming.

swinia sutki on July 23, 2012 at 5:50 AM

I’m sure they have 10k of material they could sell. Add that to financial aid and credit cards and it’s hardly a stretch. 10k is not the amount of money that you think it is.

Dante on July 22, 2012 at 9:15 PM

But you’d rather guess instead of look into it?

All i’m saying is look into it. It seems I care more about it than you do.

Wagthatdog on July 23, 2012 at 3:34 PM

Dante on July 22, 2012 at 9:15 PM

It’s still a stretch unless you’re talking about selling a car and we know he had a car.

Wagthatdog on July 23, 2012 at 3:35 PM

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