I thought for sure that the Memorial Day weekend Sunday shows would be devoted to a hard look at the war in Afghanistan, especially in light of the coalition death toll having just reached 3,000. Nope. Panetta will appear briefly on ABC and there are a few military guests slated for CNN, but otherwise it’s the usual campaign dreck across the board. Proof positive, I guess, of how little interest the public still has in the war. Or rather, how little interest the network news departments think they have.
The big campaign “get” this week is Newt, who’ll be on NBC to answer the thousandth iteration of questions about whether he thinks the Bain attacks will work for Obama even though they didn’t work for him. Spoiler alert: No. The line-up via WaPo:
NBC’s Meet the Press: Newt Gingrich; Gov. Martin O’Malley (D-MD); Maria Shriver; Michael Lewis; Mayor of Los Angeles Antonio Villaraigosa; Carly Fiorina, former head of Hewlett-Packard; E.J. Dionne, Washington Post and Brookings Institution; David Brooks, New York Times
CBS’ Face the Nation: Robert Gibbs, senior adviser to the Obama campaign; Ed Gillespie, a senior adviser to the Romney campaign; Sen. Richard Lugar (R-IN)
ABC’s This Week: Defense Secretary Leon Panetta; Jennifer Granholm, Current TV; Liz Claman, Fox Business Network; Nia-Malika Henderson, Washington Post; Ron Brownstein, National Journal
Fox News Sunday: Sen. John McCain (R-AZ); Cardinal Donald Wuerl, Archbishop of Washington; Jeff Zeleny, New York Times; Kimberley Strassel, Wall Street Journal; Kirsten Powers, The Daily Beast and Fox News
CNN’s State of the Union with Candy Crowley: Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani; Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL); Gen. Peter Chiarelli (ret.); Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA); Tim Tetz, American Legion; Paul Rieckhoff, Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America