Open thread: Sunday morning talking heads

posted at 8:01 am on March 16, 2014 by Ed Morrissey

Today the Sunday talk shows will mostly focus on two foreign-affairs stories, which is unusual but understandable considering the past week. Most of the shows will feature discussion of either the disappearance of Malaysia Air Flight 370 or the apparently imminent invasion of Ukraine by Russia, or both. Only Meet the Press has prioritized domestic politics this week by giving its first segment to Barack Obama’s chief political adviser to discuss the upcoming midterms. (Be prepared to get a lot of sunshine blown up your kilts on the day before St. Patrick’s Day in that interview.) CNN’s State of the Union will get to it later with Reince Priebus, but John McCain will most likely be discussing Ukraine and his anger over the failure of the Senate to pass an aid package this week.

Otherwise, the politics will have to wait for the roundtable segments, but that may not even be true on Face the Nation, where America’s favorite retired airline pilot Sully Sullenberger offers his expertise on a story that needs it more than most. I might watch the MTP roundtable, though, as my friend Jon Ralston will take part in it. Get ready for more foreign-affairs talk today than you’d normally hear in three months of Sunday shows.

  • ABC’s This Week: Rep. Peter King (R-NY); Sen. Chris Murphy (D-CT); roundtable includes Matthew Dowd, Michael Eric Dyson, William Kristol, Katrina vanden Heuvel, and Greta Van Susteren.
  • CBS’ Face The Nation: Rep. Mike Rogers (R-MI); Tom Donilon; roundtable includes Capt. Sully Sullenberger, former NTSB chair Mark Rosenker, and Bob Orr.
  • CNN’s State of the Union: Former DNI John Negroponte; airline experts Colleen Keller, Steven Wallace, and Richard Aboulafia; Sen. John McCain; Reince Priebus; roundtable includes Charles Blow, Ana Navarro and Ron Brownstein.
  • Fox News SundayRep Michael McCaul (R-TX), former NTSB managing director Peter Goelz; Sens. Robert Menendez (D-NJ) and Bob Corker (R-TN); roundtable includes George Will, PBS’ Judy Woodruff, Karl Rove, and Juan Williams.
  • NBC’s Meet the Press: White House senior adviser Dan Pfeiffer; Sens. Jeff Flake (R-AZ) and Dick Durbin (D-IL); roundtable includes Robert Gibbs, Heritage Foundation’s Israel Ortega, Jon Ralston of “Ralston Reports,” and New York Times Washington Bureau Chief Carolyn Ryan.

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Think I’ll give it all a pass…

OmahaConservative on March 16, 2014 at 8:04 AM

Thanks Ed, but I think a few more hours of sleep would be more productive than anything the talking heads can come up with.

Mini-14 on March 16, 2014 at 8:11 AM

On Sunday mornings, the network/cable news industries collectively put aside their ethics and ideals, education, and on-the-job training as journalists, take the gloves off, so to say, and perform a ritual that I can only describe as the American version of pure propaganda.

In the past this whitewash has been DNC/Liberal Propaganda with a northeastern flavor, but increasingly is has become “Inside the Beltway” – a Washington-centric circle jerk with Tea Party conservatives as the intended victims of both exclusion and scorn. As irrefutable evidence of my theory I offer this: every single show is “moderated” by a liberal Democrat, even Fox.

There are clear exceptions within the circle — Fox, moderated by Democrat journalist Chris Wallace, leans center right in their guest lineup but is far and away the most representative of all views, and other outlets for one reason or another will step out of character on a given Sunday. Overall, the effect is one where you, as a conservative, will find yourself saying “Hey … WTF?!”

Let’s have a look at this week’s Two Hours Hate:

“Meet the Press” on NBC
• Dan Pfeiffer – Kook-Left Liberal
• Dick Durbin – Kook-Left Liberal
• Jeff Flake – Pro-Amnesty RINO
• Robert Gibbs – Kook-Left Liberal
• Moderator: hard-left Liberal

We’re off to a classic all-liberal start.

“Face the Nation” on CBS
• Mike Rogers – center-right Republican
• Tom Donilon – Obama Dope
• Moderator: hard-left Liberal

“This Week” on ABC
• Peter King – Dark Prince of the RINO set
• Chris Murphy – Liberal
• Bill Gates – Liberal
• Moderator: (worked in Clinton White House) hard-left Liberal

“Fox News Sunday” on Fox
• Robert Menendez – hard-left Liberal
• Bob Corker – anti Tea Party RINO
• Mike McCaul – Conservative (ding, ding, ding! 1st of the day!)
• Karl Rove – Conservative who births RINOs and attacks Tea Party
• Moderator: Proper journalist

“State of the Union” on CNN
• John McCain – King of the RINOs
• Reince Priebus – compromised Conservative
• Moderator: hard-left Liberal

“Political Capital” on Bloomberg TV
• David Plouffe – gay Kook-Left Liberal
• John Sununu – anti Tea Party Republican
• Moderator: Liberal

“Newsmakers” on C-SPAN
• Adam Schiff – Liberal
(Largely Unmoderated)

“Al Punto” on Univision – The Racist Channel
• Marco Rubio – RINO
• Cecilia Muñoz – Kook-left/Race-Victim Liberal
• Moderator: Socialist Mexican

After last week’s disorienting balance of views, this week represents a solid return to hard-left kookiness, race-victim politics, liberalism in general, and especially an airing of the views of those Republicans who hate conservatives and have therefore garnered “a strange new respect” from the liberals (phrase coined by Allah).

Enjoy your hate, kids. They’re lookin’ at you.

Jaibones on March 16, 2014 at 8:17 AM

Jaibones on March 16, 2014 at 8:17 AM

Thank you. The best part of this post each week. Wish I could share a URL directly to it.

MT on March 16, 2014 at 8:35 AM

I no longer can stand to watch Chris Wallace. He attacks conservatives mercilessly and constantly interrupts. He always allows liberals to spew lies and propaganda without challenge or just enough to claim impartiality. Proof positive that politics corrupt all.

trs on March 16, 2014 at 8:37 AM

Thanks MT!

Jaibones on March 16, 2014 at 8:42 AM

I no longer can stand to watch Chris Wallace. He attacks conservatives mercilessly …

trs on March 16, 2014 at 8:37 AM

Funny you say that. As I was looking at the one-liberal Fox lineup, I kept thinking “Wallace will lean left to balance things out”. I truly believe that what he does is challenge every statement or assumption, from either side. I’d love to know what the politicians think of appearing on his show.

Jaibones on March 16, 2014 at 8:45 AM

Jaibones on March 16, 2014 at 8:17 AM

Thank you. The best part of this post each week. Wish I could share a URL directly to it.

MT on March 16, 2014 at 8:35 AM

I agree! However, one correction; please do not refer to Karl
Toyko Rove as a conservative. Just because he states he is one doesn’t mean it is so.

Amjean on March 16, 2014 at 8:45 AM

(Be prepared to get a lot of sunshine blown up your kilts on the day before St. Patrick’s Day in that interview.)

Heh. That ain’t sunshine, Ed.

novaculus on March 16, 2014 at 8:46 AM

Note: Allahpundit is on vacation until March 24th. Damn no Walking Dead grumble post for a week.

gsherin on March 16, 2014 at 8:48 AM

Just because he states he is one doesn’t mean it is so.

Amjean on March 16, 2014 at 8:45 AM

I hear you. His positions are uniformly conservative, with the glaring exception of a wild Amnesty gene, but he has fathered more RINOs than anyone else on our side. Hard to call “The Architect” a RINO, but it’s probably the truth.

Jaibones on March 16, 2014 at 8:48 AM

Enjoy your hate, kids. They’re lookin’ at you.

Jaibones on March 16, 2014 at 8:17 AM

nice summary…

*snicker*

workingclass artist on March 16, 2014 at 8:51 AM

Note: Allahpundit is on vacation until March 24th. Damn no Walking Dead grumble post for a week.

gsherin on March 16, 2014 at 8:48 AM

He’s on special assignment…following Miley Cyrus tour?

workingclass artist on March 16, 2014 at 8:52 AM

or hunting for the missing Flight 370

workingclass artist on March 16, 2014 at 8:53 AM

…following Miley Cyrus tour?

workingclass artist on March 16, 2014 at 8:52 AM

Heh.

Jaibones on March 16, 2014 at 8:56 AM

Jaibones on March 16, 2014 at 8:17 AM

The “Sunday morning talking heads” thread is not complete without your analysis and the only reason I come to HA so early in the morning to brave the pessimism so prevalent lately.

Vince on March 16, 2014 at 9:00 AM

Thank you. The best part of this post each week. Wish I could share a URL directly to it.

MT on March 16, 2014 at 8:35 AM

I look forward to it to.

If the time of Jai’s post is a hyper-link, click on it. For me, it leads to a url indexed to the comment.

novaculus on March 16, 2014 at 9:03 AM

King Preezy Choom the Magnificent I hath decreed…

“The Obama administration’s decision to relinquish oversight over the group that manages the Internet’s architecture has raised an early red flag with Republicans, who blast the move as a threat to free speech.

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers has managed the Web’s domain-name system under contract with the U.S. government for more than a decade — but the Los Angeles-based nonprofit has worked to transform itself into a global organization free of U.S. ties. European Union officials backed the globalization effort, which intensified with Edward Snowden’s leaks about the NSA’s sprawling surveillance programs.

Exactly who would regulate the Web’s back-end is unclear, but the decision already has sparked backlash among some in the GOP, who warn it could allow the United Nations or authoritarian countries to step in and seize control of the Web.

“While I certainly agree our nation must stridently review our procedures regarding surveillance in light of the NSA controversy, to put ourselves in a situation where censorship-laden governments like China or Russia could take a firm hold on the Internet itself is truly a scary thought,” Sen. Tim Scott (R-S.C.) said. “I look forward to working with my colleagues on the Senate Commerce Committee and with the Commerce Department on this, because — to be blunt — the ‘global internet community’ this would empower has no First Amendment.”

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, minutes after the Friday announcement, tweeted: “Every American should worry about Obama giving up control of the Internet to an undefined group. This is very, very dangerous.”

And that’s just a start.

“This is red meat for the base,” said former Rep. Mary Bono (R-Calif.), who sponsored a resolution in 2012 aimed at keeping the Internet free of governmental control. “We’re at a critical time where [Russian President Vladimir] Putin is proving he is capable of outmaneuvering the administration. … As they digest it, I think people are going to be very upset.”

U.S. lawmakers have long warned about the dangers of ceding ICANN’s authority to the International Telecommunication Union, a United Nations agency. They see the U.N. as a vehicle for countries with tight constraints to allow even greater online censorship. Congress unanimously passed Bono’s resolution ahead of a 2012 ITU meeting to reinforce America’s commitment to an open Internet.

The National Telecommunications and Information Administration — the Commerce Department agency that made the announcement — emphasized ICANN would need to meet several principles ahead of the transition, including ensuring the openness of the Internet.

“We will not accept a proposal that replaces the NTIA role with a government-led or an intergovernmental solution,” the agency’s administrator, Larry Strickling, told reporters.

An NTIA official said Friday the agency had no intention of handing the contract over to another government or group, but wanted to find a method of oversight that incorporated broader voices. Only a proposal with broad community support would be approved, he said.

Several Democratic lawmakers, including Senate Commerce Committee Chairman Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.), applauded the planned transition. He called it “the next phase” toward “an independent entity that reflects the broad diversity of the global Internet community.”

Some Republicans reacted with more caution. A spokesman for Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) said lawmakers “must consider this carefully and ensure this transition reflects the unanimous statement Congress made last year,” adding, “Under no circumstances should this contract transition to a government or government entity.”

But at least one right-leaning group called on lawmakers to intervene.

“Congress needs to prevent the Obama administration from giving away U.S. control over the Internet to any international body,” Americans for Limited Government said in a statement. “Perhaps this latest egregious action by the Obama administration in their quest to deconstruct the United States will finally wake Congress up to their power of the purse responsibility as a co-equal partner in government.”

And GOP FCC Commissioner Michael O’Rielly shared concern “that NTIA’s announcement could set the stage for foreign governments and quasi-governmental entities to try to gain control of the Internet.”

“If this goes forward, the real work will be to ensure that ICANN satisfies the conditions outlined and that these principles cannot and will not be undermined in the future,” he said. “The only acceptable Internet governance structure, other than the current one, is a multi-stakeholder model completely free from foreign government intrusion.”

The GOP may have just found a midterm election rallying cry, Bono predicted.
“It could be the beginning of censorship,” she said. “Anyone frustrated with the UN Security Council could take a look at this and recognize potential problems.”

Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/2014/03/internet-transition-triggers-gop-backlash-104698.html#ixzz2w88nSSLG

workingclass artist on March 16, 2014 at 9:04 AM

Who’s up for a UN imposed global Web Tax?

workingclass artist on March 16, 2014 at 9:06 AM

Wow. MTP is really going to suck. I mean, we probably knew that anyway, but check out Jb’s details if you dare.

22044 on March 16, 2014 at 9:10 AM

I no longer can stand to watch Chris Wallace. He attacks conservatives mercilessly …

trs on March 16, 2014 at 8:37 AM

Funny you say that. As I was looking at the one-liberal Fox lineup, I kept thinking “Wallace will lean left to balance things out”. I truly believe that what he does is challenge every statement or assumption, from either side. I’d love to know what the politicians think of appearing on his show.

Jaibones on March 16, 2014 at 8:45 AM

Not surprising really since Ailes announced FOX was moving to the center…he said that right after Obama got reinstated as King.

workingclass artist on March 16, 2014 at 9:14 AM

Commentary on King Preezy Choom the Magnificent I giving up the internet…

“U.S. officials announced plans Friday to relinquish federal government control over the administration of the Internet, a move that pleased international critics but alarmed some business leaders and others who rely on the smooth functioning of the Web.

Pressure to let go of the final vestiges of U.S. authority over the system of Web addresses and domain names that organize the Internet has been building for more than a decade and was supercharged by the backlash last year to revelations about National Security Agency surveillance.

The change would end the long-running contract between the Commerce Department and the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), a California-based nonprofit group. That contract is set to expire next year but could be extended if the transition plan is not complete.

The move’s critics called the decision hasty and politically tinged, and voiced significant doubts about the fitness of ICANN to operate without U.S. oversight and beyond the bounds of U.S. law.

But former House speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.) tweeted: “What is the global internet community that Obama wants to turn the internet over to? This risks foreign dictatorships defining the internet.”

“This is a purely political bone that the U.S. is throwing,” said Garth Bruen, a security fellow at the Digital Citizens Alliance, a Washington-based advocacy group that combats online crime. “ICANN has made a lot of mistakes, and ICANN has not really been a good steward.”

Business groups and some others have long complained that ICANN’s decision-making was dominated by the interests of the industry that sells domain names and whose fees provide the vast majority of ICANN’s revenue. The U.S. government contract was a modest check against such abuses, critics said.

“It’s inconceivable that ICANN can be accountable to the whole world. That’s the equivalent of being accountable to no one,” said Steve DelBianco, executive director of NetChoice, a trade group representing major Internet commerce businesses.

U.S. officials said their decision had nothing to do with the NSA spying revelations and the worldwide controversy they sparked, saying there had been plans since ICANN’s creation in 1998 to eventually migrate it to international control.

“The timing is now right to start this transition both because ICANN as an organization has matured, and international support continues to grow for the multistakeholder model of Internet governance,” Strickling said in a statement…”

http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/technology/us-to-relinquish-remaining-control-over-the-internet/2014/03/14/0c7472d0-abb5-11e3-adbc-888c8010c799_story.html

workingclass artist on March 16, 2014 at 9:26 AM

Funny you say that. As I was looking at the one-liberal Fox lineup, I kept thinking “Wallace will lean left to balance things out”. I truly believe that what he does is challenge every statement or assumption, from either side. I’d love to know what the politicians think of appearing on his show.

Jaibones on March 16, 2014 at 8:45 AM

He seems fair to me. People are going to see someone like that from their own point of view.

crankyoldlady on March 16, 2014 at 9:37 AM

I no longer can stand to watch Chris Wallace. He attacks conservatives mercilessly and constantly interrupts. He always allows liberals to spew lies and propaganda without challenge or just enough to claim impartiality. Proof positive that politics corrupt all.

trs on March 16, 2014 at 8:37 AM

Seems obvious to me that WAll ass has been chumming the major nets for a yob. He’s desperate to following in his daddy footsteps at any cost.
So he will keep bashing conservatives while trying to be somewhat fair and balanced yet usually failing.

rodguy911 on March 16, 2014 at 9:42 AM

Not surprising really since Ailes announced FOX was moving to the center…he said that right after Obama got reinstated as King.

workingclass artist on March 16, 2014 at 9:14 AM

I don’t remember him saying that and Fox has always been balanced.

crankyoldlady on March 16, 2014 at 9:50 AM

It’s really getting close to beating a dead horse.

So, what did should we have learned?

Pilots have to stop being treated like gods.

If anyone on this planet has a legitimate reason why a transponder (or ACARS, etc … ) should be able to be turned off / disabled, I would still like to hear it.

corona79 on March 16, 2014 at 9:52 AM

After last week’s disorienting balance of views, this week represents a solid return to hard-left kookiness, race-victim politics, liberalism in general, and especially an airing of the views of those Republicans who hate conservatives and have therefore garnered “a strange new respect” from the liberals (phrase coined by Allah).

Enjoy your hate, kids. They’re lookin’ at you.

Jaibones on March 16, 2014 at 8:17 AM

Great stuff JB! As someone who has followed these shows for over ten years your take gives new meaning to “opposition viewpoint”. I follow these shows closely to find out what the commies have in store for us. What their latest set off lying talking points are and how they spin the truth. Your take is as good as it gets.

rodguy911 on March 16, 2014 at 9:52 AM

crankyoldlady on March 16, 2014 at 9:37 AM

he never presses the liberals/rinos. conservatives he presses till he gets the answer he wants.

renalin on March 16, 2014 at 9:53 AM

If anyone on this planet has a legitimate reason why a transponder (or ACARS, etc … ) should be able to be turned off / disabled, I would still like to hear it.

corona79 on March 16, 2014 at 9:52 AM

Mary Schiavo was asked that question on C-Spam about an hour ago. She said that transponders can still be turned off because the FAA has never mandated that they should not have a turn off switch. Figures.

rodguy911 on March 16, 2014 at 9:55 AM

Vince on March 16, 2014 at 9:00 AM

Grazie, Vincenzo.

Jaibones on March 16, 2014 at 9:56 AM

I’d love to know what the politicians think of appearing on his show.

Jaibones on March 16, 2014 at 8:45 AM

“Oh God, oh God, we’re all going to die?”

Ed Morrissey on March 16, 2014 at 9:56 AM

I don’t remember him saying that and Fox has always been balanced.

crankyoldlady on March 16, 2014 at 9:50 AM

He said it in an interview after the election…as I recall.

workingclass artist on March 16, 2014 at 9:59 AM

He seems fair to me. People are going to see someone like that from their own point of view.

crankyoldlady on March 16, 2014 at 9:37 AM

I mostly agree. The comment that Wallace will lean left because he only had one liberal guest was my view of how he works. If he somehow had only one conservative and more of another viewpoint, he would go there.

I truly believe he fills in the empty space as needed for a useful conversation. He’s the best on Sunday morning with no one in second place.

Jaibones on March 16, 2014 at 10:01 AM

“Oh God, oh God, we’re all going to die?”

Ed Morrissey on March 16, 2014 at 9:56 AM

Exactly. I’ll bet they wet themselves.

Jaibones on March 16, 2014 at 10:03 AM

Funny you say that. As I was looking at the one-liberal Fox lineup, I kept thinking “Wallace will lean left to balance things out”. I truly believe that what he does is challenge every statement or assumption, from either side. I’d love to know what the politicians think of appearing on his show.

Jaibones on March 16, 2014 at 8:45 AM

He seems fair to me. People are going to see someone like that from their own point of view.

crankyoldlady on March 16, 2014 at 9:37 AM

Wallace makes the effort. He has the professionalism to ask hard questions with anyone. He too often frames those questions in terms of the political opposition, which leads to shallow exchanges of political talking points. Sometimes the questions he asks include premises that suggest he shares at least some liberal views, but he is far more professional than 90% of the non-Fox news people.

novaculus on March 16, 2014 at 10:06 AM

“Oh God, oh God, we’re all going to die?”

Ed Morrissey on March 16, 2014 at 9:56 AM

“Valerie! Why do I have to do Chris Matthews? Why can’t I just do David Gregory?”

“Shut up and take your punishment! And next time, don’t beat Barack in a golf game!”

jon1979 on March 16, 2014 at 10:09 AM

jon1979 on March 16, 2014 at 10:09 AM

Matthews? Ack! Wallace. (Quick break for coffee after that one…)

jon1979 on March 16, 2014 at 10:11 AM

Big thanks to Ed for listing the entire lineup without having to reference the dreaded Politico link! Hope this change becomes permanent.

(But this in no way should stop Jaibones’ awesome list. Must see Sunday reading.)

ncinca on March 16, 2014 at 10:19 AM

Jaibones on March 16, 2014 at 8:17 AM

Thank you for your weekly analysis. It’s like a weather report and day planner all in one.

But you didn’t mention the panelist on ABC, Van den Huevel, as being a confirmed communist. Her being given a voice in this country is a disgrace.

NOMOBO on March 16, 2014 at 10:27 AM

Pilots have to stop being treated like gods.

corona79 on March 16, 2014 at 9:52 AM

While it is true us pilots do walk a few inches above the ground, we never said we could walk on water. Chuckle!

HonestLib on March 16, 2014 at 10:31 AM

I am sure I am late to the game, but is there a reason for the smilie face at the left bottom of each article below the comment box?

HonestLib on March 16, 2014 at 10:46 AM

Big thanks to Ed for listing the entire lineup without having to reference the dreaded Politico link! Hope this change becomes permanent.

(But this in no way should stop Jaibones’ awesome list. Must see Sunday reading.)

ncinca on March 16, 2014 at 10:19 AM

That’s the way it used to be before AP took over the task about a year or so ago.

Is AP cutting a new ad for eharmony? He’s the guy in the speed-dating ad who wants to tell the cute gal about his cats, right?

http://www.popisms.com/TelevisionCommercial/74219/eHarmony-Commercial-2013.aspx

BuckeyeSam on March 16, 2014 at 11:00 AM

They’re lookin’ at you.

Jaibones on March 16, 2014 at 8:17 AM

As always thank you very much. P.S. I’m not so sure they will like what they see. ; )

Bmore on March 16, 2014 at 11:02 AM

Jaibones on March 16, 2014 at 8:17 AM

I feel your pain Jaibones. The Sunday morning circus act has been going on for decades. I stopped watching a long time ago, wasn’t worth driving my blood pressure up. It’s a microcosm of America today. We can sit in our living rooms and watch what’s going on. We can get all worked up about it, but there’s not a damn thing we can do to change things.

And I totally agree on your take of Chris Wallace. He’s a pretender. When he replaced Hume I stopped watching Fox, my one remaining port in the storm.

My advice to you. Ignore them all, they’re not worth five seconds of your time.

fogw on March 16, 2014 at 11:24 AM

The Sunday morning circus act has been going on for decades. I stopped watching a long time ago, wasn’t worth driving my blood pressure up.

fogw on March 16, 2014 at 11:24 AM

The Sunday chat factory has outlived its original purpose. It really isn’t discussion anymore than an opportunity to provide sound bites for the upcoming week. Same way that C-Span destroyed the legislative hearing process, Sunday talk shows are all about messaging.

But on the bright side, Sunday talk shows keeps John McCain off the streets for a few hours each week.

Happy Nomad on March 16, 2014 at 11:33 AM

Observation: If only the U.S. and World media had concerned themselves with vetting our President with the same fervor they are with a missing airplane, (with all these “experts” now speculating some one on board may have “misdirected” the airliner), perhaps this nation wouldn’t be searching for the reason it’s leadership is missing without a trace.

Instead of transparency, some one, (or a few pilots), in the White House have “switched off” all transponders and communication devices. Only the occasional “pings”—picked up and transmitted by the WH press corps, sans liberal media—keeps the American public guessing how much a democratic republic has disappeared from our radar screens.

While we await the fate of a missing airplane, and 239 souls, one has to take pause, and wonder, what has President Obama done with our nation? How can we find all the pieces he has purposely torn apart, (constitutionally and morally), and put them back together?

Never has a “runway” been so cleared ahead for a smooth landing by conservatives with all guidance systems turned on. Speculation on how this nation got so lost can no longer be explained by the spinmeisters out of the beltway. The people know we’ve gone in the wrong direction, (under the radar), for far too long as our representatives are “missing in action” or following the wrong flight path.

Some one took over the controls of fight 370 as the world searches for this misguided plane. The same can be said of this out-of-control government also lost in the wilderness under the direction of this administration. This November, it’s time to track down every person responsible for contributing to a nation missing its runway, restore the tracking and guidance systems, and provide a clear runway for a safe landing.

Voting for Conservative Republicans is the only flight path, (choice), to prevent this nation from disappearing into thin air, and putting an end to this search for a lost republic.

Rovin on March 16, 2014 at 11:41 AM

Since we are talking about television, I’m going to go off on a tangent for a moment. I was watching a CBS 48 Hour episode last night and the story line took them to a town in Kentucky where the suspected murderer was currently living. Out of the blue, with no obvious correlation they showed a clothes line full of Confederate flags and made some vague mention of the KKK. Now maybe I missed something but this seemed to have no other purpose than to project the writer’s prejudice of the South. I know it’s a small thing but these people really do take a lot on themselves in very subtle ways.

Cindy Munford on March 16, 2014 at 11:42 AM

Rovin on March 16, 2014 at 11:41 AM

I’m pretty sure that that little suggestion makes you a closed minded “TruCon” demanding purity when we are suppose to be shaking our pom poms for the GOP no matter who is running. And you’re just going to get Democrats elected. Oh and you are probably a racist also.

Cindy Munford on March 16, 2014 at 11:44 AM

Note: Allahpundit is on vastaycation until March 24th.

FTFY.

nukemhill on March 16, 2014 at 11:47 AM

Happy Nomad on March 16, 2014 at 11:33 AM

Agreed. It’s all theater. Guests arrive with talking points provided by the administration and anchors are armed with questions provided by the administration. Softballs for Dems, hand grenades for the GOP.

fogw on March 16, 2014 at 11:54 AM

Thank you. The best part of this post each week. Wish I could share a URL directly to it.

MT on March 16, 2014 at 8:35 AM

you can.
the time stamp is a link

http://hotair.com/archives/2014/03/16/open-thread-sunday-morning-talking-heads-117/comment-page-1/#comment-7836882

dmacleo on March 16, 2014 at 11:58 AM

Rovin on March 16, 2014 at 11:41 AM
I’m pretty sure that that little suggestion makes you a closed minded “TruCon” demanding purity when we are suppose to be shaking our pom poms for the GOP no matter who is running. And you’re just going to get Democrats elected. Oh and you are probably a racist also.

Cindy Munford on March 16, 2014 at 11:44 AM

:) Thanks Cindy.

Rovin on March 16, 2014 at 11:59 AM

If anyone on this planet has a legitimate reason why a transponder (or ACARS, etc … ) should be able to be turned off / disabled, I would still like to hear it.

corona79 on March 16, 2014 at 9:52 AM

transponders need to be turned off during many maintenance checks.

dmacleo on March 16, 2014 at 12:01 PM

dmacleo on March 16, 2014 at 12:01 PM

Then they need to fix that. It should not be an option while in flight.

Cindy Munford on March 16, 2014 at 12:06 PM

Just watched FNS. Judy Woodruff trying to talk down the chances of a Republican takeover in the Senate was pretty lame.

Throat Wobbler Mangrove on March 16, 2014 at 12:21 PM

The Sunday morning talk shows……? A group of people too ugly to make it in Hollywood that would climb over the casket at their own mother’s funeral to be in front of a TV camera….I’ll pass.

repvoter on March 16, 2014 at 12:23 PM

Voting for Conservative Republicans is the only flight path, (choice), to prevent this nation from disappearing into thin air, and putting an end to this search for a lost republic.

Rovin on March 16, 2014 at 11:41 AM

Very good writing comparing the 2 things.

crankyoldlady on March 16, 2014 at 12:35 PM

The Sunday morning talk shows……? A group of people too ugly to make it in Hollywood that would climb over the casket at their own mother’s funeral to be in front of a TV camera….I’ll pass.

repvoter on March 16, 2014 at 12:23 PM

Funny. I like it.

crankyoldlady on March 16, 2014 at 12:36 PM

Since we are talking about television, I’m going to go off on a tangent for a moment. I was watching a CBS 48 Hour episode last night and the story line took them to a town in Kentucky where the suspected murderer was currently living. Out of the blue, with no obvious correlation they showed a clothes line full of Confederate flags and made some vague mention of the KKK. Now maybe I missed something but this seemed to have no other purpose than to project the writer’s prejudice of the South. I know it’s a small thing but these people really do take a lot on themselves in very subtle ways.

Cindy Munford on March 16, 2014 at 11:42 AM

I noticed that too, and did you also catch the “surprise surprise!” when the “good ole’ boy redneck” actually did the right thing and helped the police catch the murderer? They even ASKED him “why did you you do it?” Why, who’da thunk it?

ncinca on March 16, 2014 at 12:38 PM

But you didn’t mention the panelist on ABC, Van den Huevel, as being a confirmed communist. Her being given a voice in this country is a disgrace.

NOMOBO on March 16, 2014 at 10:27 AM

It’s called free speech. I haven’t watched ABC in forever but if we don’t hear what these people are saying we won’t know what’s going on.

crankyoldlady on March 16, 2014 at 12:40 PM

If anyone on this planet has a legitimate reason why a transponder (or ACARS, etc … ) should be able to be turned off / disabled, I would still like to hear it.

corona79 on March 16, 2014 at 9:52 AM

transponders need to be turned off during many maintenance checks.

dmacleo on March 16, 2014 at 12:01 PM

Then why didn’t they report they were going to do it first?

ncinca on March 16, 2014 at 12:41 PM

Cindy Munford on March 16, 2014 at 12:06 PM

some of those checks are pilot initiated iirc, + when one fails pilots need ability to turn defective one off. forget the procedures there, been years since I looked at MEL manual. every aircraft and carrier is different too so what applies to one may not apply to another.
I’ve processed pireps of xponder fails where they needed to be turned off and on to resolve suspected issues and in rvsm areas crew must have ability to control all items.
+ theres a circuit breaker a few feet away that does the same thing so the only thing removing switch would do is it would make crew have to leave seat to reset something. much more dangerous.
millions of miles flown with no issues, and until we know why/what actually happened calling for even more regs not a good idea.
pilot can suddenly dive the thing into the ground if wanted, so ability to turn something off pales in comparison to that. crew stupidity much more an issue than an on/off switch is. and since the xponder reqs a ground station to be operating correctly with a correctly trained operator disabling the on/off of the airframe side really accomplishes nothing.

dmacleo on March 16, 2014 at 12:49 PM

Peter King says the FBI, NTSB and FAA need to get involved in the missing plane case. He seems to think they should take over a crime that is totally Malaysia and China’s thing.

crankyoldlady on March 16, 2014 at 12:51 PM

I watched See BS this morning just so I could hear what Capt. Sully had to say. Actually, he said pretty much nothing. This might be the wisest commentary yet from the talking head experts, because a) what we “know” seems to change by the hour and b) if this case is as sinister as it potentially could be, maybe there are forces at work that are better left unspoken about for now until all is resolved.

Meanwhile, praying for those innocent souls aboard and their families.

ncinca on March 16, 2014 at 12:53 PM

Then why didn’t they report they were going to do it first?

ncinca on March 16, 2014 at 12:41 PM

to whom?
this crew wasn’t (most likely) doing it for a mtx issue but if they were they would not wait for permission to follow an approved and required procedure.
a crew doing it for a legitimate reason would have a logbook entry, one doing it for nefarious purposes wouldn’t.
don’t equate a crew needing ability to turn on/off for a legitimate reason to anything this crew appears to have done.

dmacleo on March 16, 2014 at 12:54 PM

Jaibones on March 16, 2014 at 8:17 AM

…this has become…my Sunday Obamaturism of the week.

KOOLAID2 on March 16, 2014 at 12:55 PM

Ack!

jon1979 on March 16, 2014 at 10:11 AM

Heh.

Jaibones on March 16, 2014 at 12:56 PM

dmacleo on March 16, 2014 at 12:54 PM

Forgive me, I really don’t understand. Of course I was referring to a crew shutting off the transponders only for legit reasons. So if this is “normal” for maintenance as you say, why is everyone so mystified by it?

ncinca on March 16, 2014 at 1:02 PM

And I totally agree on your take of Chris Wallace. He’s a pretender. When he replaced Hume I stopped watching Fox, my one remaining port in the storm.

fogw on March 16, 2014 at 11:24 AM

[Ruh roh...]

We’re going to have to agree to disagree on Wallace, brother.

I am a big fan, even though I doubt he and I agree on much. I see him as a proper journalist who fearlessly goes where the story and guest lead him. Yeah, he’s tough as hell…on everyone. It’s uncomfortable watching an interviewer b1tch-slap your guy, but when a guest goes in there poorly prepared, they in danger.

He seems to do his best to remain objective, which is very hard to do. I only note that he is a liberal Democrat “for the record”, because I am certain that he is.

Jaibones on March 16, 2014 at 1:03 PM

…this has become…my Sunday Obamaturism of the week.

KOOLAID2 on March 16, 2014 at 12:55 PM

It is my weekly vent. I won’t watch the shows anymore…they are all unbearable. Same crappy guests all the time…same liberal activist moderators. McCain and Graham are on so often most people must think they are the hosts. Between the RINOs, the Dem hosts, and the hilarious over-representation of the kook left, it is just a Propaganda operation.

Jaibones on March 16, 2014 at 1:07 PM

Leave the operation of the XPDR as is. If there is a need to track an airplane outside of radar coverage this should be done with a separate device (GPS) with its own dedicated power source. Since consumers will be paying the tab, I am fine with this solution.

This solution will not work in GA (General Aviation) due to retro fit and additional costs.

I would type all the reasons to keep the functionality of XPDRs as they now stand, but only other pilots would care to read such boring points.

HonestLib on March 16, 2014 at 1:11 PM

…I’m starting to see a lot of the humor that you can hear… on the TEMS…posted… on the threads lately…………I like that!

KOOLAID2 on March 16, 2014 at 1:11 PM

Forgive me, I really don’t understand. Of course I was referring to a crew shutting off the transponders only for legit reasons. So if this is “normal” for maintenance as you say, why is everyone so mystified by it?

ncinca on March 16, 2014 at 1:02 PM

who knows. human condition?
we’re all upset and looking for someone/thing to blame?
crew needs ability to safely disable something if that item fails, and this means they would have ability to use that capability badly.
yeah its a numbers game, when in the air the pilot is the boss and responsible for everything. your life is literally in their hands.
this, IMO, is a tragedy that no regulation can prevent.

dmacleo on March 16, 2014 at 1:13 PM

Thank you. The best part of this post each week.

MT on March 16, 2014 at 8:35 AM

+1 Thank you Jaibones.

Schadenfreude on March 16, 2014 at 1:41 PM

Jaibones on March 16, 2014 at 8:17 AM

Thank you. The best part of this post each week. Wish I could share a URL directly to it.

MT on March 16, 2014 at 8:35 AM

You can do this:

http://hotair.com/archives/2014/03/16/open-thread-sunday-morning-talking-heads-117/comment-page-1/#comment-7836882

LashRambo on March 16, 2014 at 1:44 PM

If anyone on this planet has a legitimate reason why a transponder (or ACARS, etc … ) should be able to be turned off / disabled, I would still like to hear it.

corona79 on March 16, 2014 at 9:52 AM

Anything that uses power needs to be on a circuit breaker. Any competent pilot training will teach where that breaker is and how to operate it. Any circuit breaker can act as an off switch.

Anything that uses power needs to be on a circuit breaker for the same reason that your home should not have any circuits that don’t go through a breaker.

slickwillie2001 on March 16, 2014 at 1:48 PM

…this has become…my Sunday Obamaturism of the week.

KOOLAID2 on March 16, 2014 at 12:55 PM

It’s a shame Ed has discontinued the Obamateurism. There is so much more fertile ground to plow these days. It’s gotten to the point where most of what Obama says is a mistake. I’m sure it was quite an effort for Ed to keep it going, he gets big kudos for that. But these days, you can basically just randomly cut and paste from what Obama’s said and, there you go. Especially when you contrast it with what he’s said in the past. He’s always contradicting something he’s already said.

A newer, better feature might be the daily “empty rhetoric” of Obama. Call it … I don’t know. Ed would think up something good. “Obombisms”? “Oboobisms”?

LashRambo on March 16, 2014 at 2:00 PM

Jaibones on March 16, 2014 at 8:17 AM

Never a hardcore or far right conservative with this guy. Always hard core lefty, racist liberal, anti tea party republican etc. Talk about living in a bubble.

loveofcountry on March 16, 2014 at 2:04 PM

loveofcountry on March 16, 2014 at 2:04 PM

Freak

Bmore on March 16, 2014 at 2:07 PM

A newer, better feature might be the daily “empty rhetoric” of Obama. Call it … I don’t know. Ed would think up something good. “Obombisms”? “Oboobisms”?

LashRambo on March 16, 2014 at 2:00 PM

Why complicate things? Just call it “Lie Of The Day.”

ncinca on March 16, 2014 at 2:32 PM

loveofcountry on March 16, 2014 at 2:04 PM

Maybe because they are never represented.

Barred on March 16, 2014 at 2:33 PM

ncinca on March 16, 2014 at 12:38 PM

He was awesome and I agree, he probably blew their stereotypical thinking. I’ve emailed CBS to see if they could give me a clue. I’m sure I’ll hear right back.

Cindy Munford on March 16, 2014 at 2:48 PM

Talk about living in a bubble.

loveofcountry on March 16, 2014 at 2:04 PM

Well no one is stopping you from doing your version. Personally, I am sure I would find it fascinating.

Cindy Munford on March 16, 2014 at 2:49 PM

Bristol Tennessee,, 1/2 mile oval.

Boogity! Boogity! Boogity!

No rubber on the track, it rained earlier. Kiss the paintjobs bye bye.

wolly4321 on March 16, 2014 at 2:53 PM

loveof(another)country on March 16, 2014 at 2:04 PM

Schadenfreude on March 16, 2014 at 3:20 PM

loveofcountry on March 16, 2014 at 2:04 PM

I think a fair request to your statement is to ask you to copy JB post and give your opinion on each person. Give it a try as I would like to see your response.

HonestLib on March 16, 2014 at 3:28 PM

Cindy Munford on March 16, 2014 at 2:49 PM

CM…..seem once again I am late to the party. Would say we were thinking alike, but I do not want to insult you!

HonestLib on March 16, 2014 at 3:31 PM

I like the way Cindy Munford thinks and expresses herself.

crankyoldlady on March 16, 2014 at 3:35 PM

No rubber on the track, it rained earlier. Kiss the paintjobs bye bye.

wolly4321 on March 16, 2014 at 2:53 PM

It sounds like you’re having fun.

crankyoldlady on March 16, 2014 at 3:36 PM

Well no one is stopping you from doing your version. Personally, I am sure I would find it fascinating.

Cindy Munford on March 16, 2014 at 2:49 PM

Here you go:

“Meet the Press” on NBC
• Dan Pfeiffer – Liberal
• Dick Durbin – Pretend Liberal
• Jeff Flake – Pro-Amnesty Republican
• Robert Gibbs – Turncoat liberal
• Moderator: Center Libertarian/leans right

“Face the Nation” on CBS
• Mike Rogers – center-right Republican
• Tom Donilon – Dont know who he is and dont care.
• Moderator: Moderate Independent

“This Week” on ABC
• Peter King – Northeastern Republican
• Chris Murphy – Liberal
• Bill Gates – Hawkish Conservative
• Moderator: (worked in Clinton White House) moderate democrat

“Fox News Sunday” on Fox
• Robert Menendez – Corporate/Wall Street Democrat
• Bob Corker – Republican
• Mike McCaul – Don’t know who he is and do not care.
• Karl Rove – Far right corporate/anti middle class republican
• Moderator: Conservative/leans right

“State of the Union” on CNN
• John McCain – King of the RINOs (I agree)
• Reince Priebus – Far right incompetent republican (how he and DWS became the chairs of their parties is still beyond me)
• Moderator: Moderate/leans left

“Political Capital” on Bloomberg TV
• David Plouffe – Liberal
• John Sununu – Far right big government republican
• Moderator: Liberal

“Newsmakers” on C-SPAN
• Adam Schiff – Dont know who he is and do not care
(Largely Unmoderated)

“Al Punto” on Univision – The Racist Channel(from an anti immigrant’s perspective)
• Marco Rubio – Pro amnesty/big government republican
• Cecilia Muñoz – Dont know who she is and do not care
• Moderator: Moderate/leans left

loveofcountry on March 16, 2014 at 3:39 PM

He was awesome and I agree, he probably blew their stereotypical thinking. I’ve emailed CBS to see if they could give me a clue. I’m sure I’ll hear right back.

Cindy Munford on March 16, 2014 at 2:48 PM

I’ll keep you company, we can hold our breath together.

ncinca on March 16, 2014 at 4:35 PM

loveofcountry on March 16, 2014 at 3:39 PM

Not bad, although I did get a chuckle that Mr. Gregory leans to the right.

Cindy Munford on March 16, 2014 at 4:58 PM

loveofcountry on March 16, 2014 at 3:39 PM

Thanks for taking the time to post a response to CM. From your post and from JB’s post it seems to be that both you two view your positions as not being extreme or “far” anything. LOC sees Republicans being FAR right in general and JB sees Democrats as being FAR left in general……..if I am reading correctly.

Interesting and let’s hope we can find agreement and work together before our dear country is too “far” gone. Man, hostility and politics are bed fellows in a very strange way.

HonestLib on March 16, 2014 at 5:13 PM

loveofcountry on March 16, 2014 at 3:39 PM

Ass

Bmore on March 16, 2014 at 5:23 PM

….Voting for Conservative Republicans is the only flight path, (choice), to prevent this nation from disappearing into thin air, and putting an end to this search for a lost republic.

Rovin on March 16, 2014 at 11:41 AM
Great post well done.
………………..
I eagerly await the Sunday shows week after week. It’s the only way you get a glimmer of what is coming at us full speed. They are the train that has gone off the track with the throttle stuck wide open. You also get a view of how they will spin/lie about upcoming events. Its a view into the warped minds of those who now control the country I wouldn’t miss it for anything. I want to know what they have in store for us so we can counter it.

rodguy911 on March 16, 2014 at 8:45 PM

Bmore on March 16, 2014 at 5:23 PM

…hole!

KOOLAID2 on March 16, 2014 at 8:50 PM

loveofcountry on March 16, 2014 at 3:39 PM

That’s pretty awesome that you expended a modicum of effort to confess your abject ignorance of politics in America. Look at teh set on you. Those ovaries might produce something to terminate one day if alcohol is still permissible.

Murphy9 on March 16, 2014 at 9:16 PM

loveofcountry on March 16, 2014 at 3:39 PM

Hahahahaha … which of our re-invented trolls is this?

Jaibones on March 16, 2014 at 10:36 PM

Not bad, although I did get a chuckle that Mr. Gregory leans to the right.

Cindy Munford on March 16, 2014 at 4:58 PM

That was my favorite. My sister-in-law was calling for a primary of Obama, attacking from his left (as if). She thinks he’s a moderate Republican. Maybe this is her.

Jaibones on March 16, 2014 at 10:38 PM

+1 Thank you Jaibones.

Schadenfreude on March 16, 2014 at 1:41 PM

Back at ya, Schad. Interesting week for you?

Jaibones on March 16, 2014 at 10:40 PM

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