Sundays bring us the political talk shows. If you see something interesting on one of them, jump on the comment board and talk about it. Due to the nuclear crisis in Japan, this week is “Energy Secretary Steven Chu week”; he shows up on all of the majors. The only other significant topic of the week is Libya. Fox is the only one to continue to talk spending cuts…with nary a Democrat in sight. According to Politico, here is the lineup for this week’s shows:
Meet the Press (NBC) — Chu; plus chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee Carl Levin (D-MI), and committee member Jeff Sessions (R-AL), to talk about Libya.
This Week (ABC) — Chu; plus former energy secretary and US ambassador to the UN (and former New Mexico governor) Bill Richardson, and former secretary of Homeland Security Michael Chertoff, to talk about Libya.
Face the Nation (CBS) — Chu; plus Representative Ed Markey (D-MA), a senior member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, who will talk about Libya.
State of the Union (CNN) — Chu; plus ranking Armed Services Committee member John McCain (R-AZ), and chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee Joe Lieberman (I-CT), to talk about Libya.
Fox News Sunday — Chu; plus Senate Armed Services Committee members Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Jack Reed (D-RI), to talk about Libya, and with Senators Rand Paul (R-KY) and Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) to discuss cuts in federal spending. In this case, “fair and balanced” means covering both sides of the Republican Party’s views on spending cuts.
Newsmakers (CSPAN) — No Chu here. Instead, Nuclear Regulatory Commission chairman Gregory Jaczko will be here to talk about the troubled nuclear reactors in Japan.
Political Capital (Bloomberg TV) — No Chu here. Instead, Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee chairman Jeff Bingaman (D-NM) will be here to talk about the future of nuclear energy.