Slaughter bemoaned that even after the Democratic Party secured the majority of Congress, the trend hasn’t changed. Going further, she noted, “As trusted sources of information, Sunday morning news programs have an obligation to provide their viewers with equal representation from both sides of the political aisle,” Slaughter added. “A failure to provide balance is a disservice to the public and renders voters less able to evaluate the performance of our government. They deserve better.”
Well, let’s see how this pans out. In 2005 and 2006 many big names appeared all the time it seems on the Sunday shows. Keep in mind that the GOP held majorities in both Houses and had the Executive branch. A tally of the those that “Faced the Nation”, “Met with the Press”, Spent “Sunday with George Stephanopolos”, or tried to “Outfox Chris Wallace” shows:
Secretary Rice 30 visits, Sen Graham 22, Sen McCain 16, Sen. Specter 13, Sen. Hagel 6
For the Democrats: Sen Biden 38, Sen. Schumer 10, Sen. Dodd 9
So, for 05 and 06 this may be true. Now let’s look at this weekend’s lineup of guests.
Fox: Sen. Kerry and Sen. Specter, so a split. Though some, not me, would say that Specter is a “fake Republican”.
Sunday With George: Sen Leahy (D) and Sen. Corryn (R). Another split.
Face the Nation: Sen Feinstein (D) and Secretary Gates, another split.
Meet the Press: New York Senator Chuck Schumer, former Maine Congressman Tom Andrews, an anti-war coalition spokesman; Pennsylvania Congressman Joe Sestak; Tom DeLay, former House Republican Majority Leader; and Richard Perle. Guess what, another split.
Even that mouthpiece of the GOP, FOX had a balanced segment. So, another lie formented about “foul play”. When will Congress learn that they are accountable to the people, who check on their facts.
Oh, it would be interesting to see a weekly roster of MSNBC programming, particiularly “Hardball” and Kieth Oberman, which if you do check out their roster, does read like a casting call for the DNC.