The Sunday Talkies are baffled that President Handsome Joe Biden decided to skip them, as Tiger Beat on the Potomac (Thanks Charlie!) morning email thingie leads:
President JOE BIDEN just signed the first BFD of his administration — a massive Covid relief bill to boost the fortunes of everyday Americans. But you barely heard a peep about it from his own administration on the Sunday shows. Yes, Biden is hitting the road this week to sell the package. But on his way out the door, he skipped a major audience on Sunday — a day many people will actually sit back and watch something of substance, hence the gangbuster ratings for CBS’ “60 Minutes.”
You wanna know why? Politico, without guile, tells us in the very next paragraph:
Just one senior administration official was booked on the five major Sunday shows: Treasury Secretary JANET YELLEN on ABC’s “This Week.” She fended off questions on whether $1.9 trillion in new spending would drive inflation and balloon the debt. Sunday show producers tell me the White House only offered medical staff like ANTHONY FAUCI,who appeared on CNN, NBC and FOX, and MARCELLA NUNEZ-SMITH, who went on CBS’ “Face the Nation.” This was despite requests for chief of staff RON KLAIN, VP KAMALA HARRIS and Biden himself. Senior communications staffers like JEN PSAKI, KATE BEDINGFIELD and SYMONE SANDERS were not even offered to explain the bill.
I will remind everyone that when Chuck Todd had the privilege of asking the very first question of newly inaugurated Barack Obama at Obama’s first White House press conference, and the question he chose to ask was “If Democrats pass a healthcare bill with no Republican votes, will you veto it in the interests of bipartisanship?”
Back to Tiger Beat, who continues to be baffled:
“They’re leaving a vacuum on the Sunday shows,” said one senior producer, who called the whole thing “baffling.”
The Sunday Talkies are the failed political press talking to each other, inside the beltway. They are worthless and Wee The Peeples know it.
…So maybe this is just another blow to the Sunday shows, a wounded D.C. institution.
I hope that the Sunday Talkies get the coup de grâce that they so richly deserve.