(UPDATED) Sunday’s Meet The Press Is Being Pre-Empted…

…for live coverage of La Tomatina in Spain. Well, actually the obscure sporting event that NBC is using this week to bury the dead is The Ryder Cup, so good for them.

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‘Meet the Press’ Wins Ratings Race in D.C., But Third Overall

As many of us long-suspected, MTP only seems to win inside the DC Beltway and loses everywhere else in the ratings. And what Variety reports is that after an initial bump in the ratings with Chuck Todd interviewed The Kenyan Usurper Barack HUSSEIN Obama, the rating returned to a solid last place.

For last week nationally, “Meet the Press” had its second straight third-place showing following the show’s ratings triumph on Sept. 7 in Todd’s first week in the moderator seat, according to Nielsen. ABC’s “This Week” led in both adults 25-54 (1.014 million) and total viewers (3.010 million), and was followed by “Face the Nation” (736,000 in the demo, 2.919 million overall), “Meet the Press” (657,000/2.416 million) and “Fox News Sunday” (374,000/1.252 million).

We could go on at length about regurgitating Republican talking points, but I think Chuck Todd summed up his show’s problem long before he took over from disinterested Dancin’ Dave:

“What I always love is people say, ‘Well, it’s you folks’ fault in the media.’ No, it’s the President of the United States’ fault for not selling [the ACA].”

He doesn’t see getting to the truth as important. Just like his counterpart, Chris Matthews, Todd is not interested in the truth, he is interested in the effectiveness of the spin.

UPDATE: Good Lord, Man! What were you thinking: Chuck Todd is interviewed at Ghost Breitbart’s place. If he’s going to let us uncouth and vituperous bloggers access him, I can hardly wait for Driftglass’ turn.

The Sunday Talkies Post Is Up At Crooks And Liars

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All the usual lying toadies and minions have taken to the airwaves today, no doubt the flex their vocal cords on Ferguson, and to give their blah studies scholarship a good polish. Also, note that this is the first episode of Dancing with the Gregory since Disco Dave was fired. Politics Spice isn’t in the host seat yet, so they have Mrs. Alan Greenspan hosting.

Today is also my last post for this week at Crooks and Liars, too. I always feel a little sad when it is over, but this round-up week, we did include a fair number of Scissorheads. Good work, everyone!

The Sunday Talkies

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Crooks and Liars has the run-down, per usual, and when you look at the guest list (mostly Wingnuts) you see that the discussion is going to be mostly about immigration. There is hardly anyone listed that is likely to talk about how all of our rights were taken away by the theocrats on the Supreme Court.

The Sunday Talkies

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The Sunday Talkies is posted at Crooks and Liars, and I must note that NBC has finally found the winning formula for getting out of last place: pre-empt Dancing With The Gregory with any sporting event, anywhere in the world. Today, it is pre-empted by The French Open.

And for those of you keeping score at home, Grandpa Walnuts is only appearing on two of the shows in the lower tiers.

The Sunday Talkies

It seems that all the Sunday Talkies were committing ritual seppuku in honor of Baby Jeebus leaving the cave to look for better housing, but This Week with a Greek Dwarf really sank about as low as you can get with infamous grifters and more infamous fetus-fondling god-botherers. Anyway, I think that they were trying for some Jeebus is Risen perspective and instead, they got this:

You know you are in for some really nutty talk when there are three religious whack jobs (including Franklin Graham, the dim son of the original Elmer Gantry) and Cokie “But the Democrats…” Roberts are on a panel. Our old pal Ralph Reed, Jack Abramoff’s glabrous grifting pool boy takes one pointy-toed kick to the nuts from Cokie and folds like a cheap suit.

Anytime Ralphie gets on the ropes, he turns to social science, which is always funny because his entire career is an exercise in denying that there is any social science. The Silent Majority, the Christian Coalition (from which he fled only moments before the Feds got there) to the warm embrace of Casino lobbying Jack Abramoff (and his gentle ministration fleecing native people) was all premised upon the Xristian Xrazies not being represented in surveys, legislation, and the media, you know, Social Science.

The Sunday Talkies Post is up at Crooks and Liars

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As always, C&L does us the great favor of listing who will be lying to us this week.

The always-terrific Nicole Belle in her head notes this week talks a little bit about accountability and what it would mean if applied to everyone. And she links to our pal Driftglass, which is always a good thing to do.

The Sunday Talkies Thread is up at Crooks and Liars

As always, Nicole Belle has a really interesting introduction to the post. Today’s topic is the Progressive Caucus Budget and how it was ignored by the media.

(Crooks and Liars)

The Sunday Talkies is up at Crooks and Liars

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As always, Nicole Belle has the rundown, and once again her head notes to the post are required reading.

Today Nicole takes on Maddow’s recent claim that “we” were all fooled by the bad intelligence that led us into the Iraq War, etc. But especially she takes on the claim that the media was fooled.

Bravo, and well done Nicole!

The only thing I would add is to carefully look at Face the Nation’s discussion of Ukraine: there is not one single person who is not a hawk or a neocon. It is really shocking that the breadth of opinion is from A to B and back again.

And Grandpa Walnuts will be on Meet the Press to discuss

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McCain Least Popular Senator in Country

I read recently that Walnuts prefers the green rooms where they serve cupcakes, and I’m not making that up. Anyway, on to the numbers:

-PPP’s newest Arizona poll finds that John McCain is unpopular with Republicans, Democrats, and independents alike and has now become the least popular Senator in the country. Only 30% of Arizonans approve of the job McCain is doing to 54% who disapprove. There isn’t much variability in his numbers by party- he’s at 35/55 with Republicans, 29/53 with Democrats, and 25/55 with independents, suggesting he could be vulnerable to challenges in both the primary and general elections the next time he’s up.

Given that he is perpetually either the most frequent guest or in the top two of all the Sunday Talkies, this leads one to conclude that the more we see of Walnuts, the less we like him. Of course, I also think some of this must be the fall-out (and I mean that as close to literally as I can) from elevating the Narcissus Borealis as his running mate in the 2008 Goat Rodeo.

(Public Policy Polling)