Last month, Thomas Mann and Norman Ornstein published an Op ed and a book making the extremely controversial argument that both parties aren’t equally to blame for what ails Washington [and don't even get them started on their extremely controversial argument that water is wet -- d]. They argued that the GOP -- by allowing extremists to roam free and by wielding the filibuster to achieve government dysfunction as a political end in itself -- were demonstrably more culpable for creating what is approaching a crisis of governance. It turns out neither man has been invited on to the Sunday shows even once to discuss this thesis. As Bob Somerby and Kevin Drum note, these are among the most quoted people in Washington -- yet suddenly this latest topic is too hot for the talkers, or not deemed relevant at all… Ornstein… confirmed that the book’s publicity people had tried to get the authors booked on the Sunday shows, with no success. “Not a single one of the Sunday shows has indicated an interest, and I do find it curious,” Ornstein told me, adding that the Op ed had well over 200,000 Facebook recommends and has been viral for weeks. “This is a level of attention for a book that we haven’t received before. You would think it would attract some attention from the Sunday shows."I think it's high time to hear what John McCain thinks about this. David Gregory, will you get right on that?
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Monday, May 14, 2012
Sunday Shows Across the Board Still Relentlessly Marginalize Democrats and Democrative Viewpoints