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Chuck Schumer, Media Whore

I hope everyone out there reading is sitting down, because TVWeek has come out with its annual listing of D.C. Talkers, who’s hardest to get, who’s the most likely to make news, and who’s the hardest to manage. There are some real shockers on this list.

Who would be most shocked to find out that Chuck Schumer is the easiest guest to book? “The most dangerous place to be in Washington–not to mention his home state of New York, where he has been known for holding press conferences on slow-news Sundays–is between him and any camera.” On the other side of the aisle, John McCain gets high marks.

And while Arlen Specter is most likely to make news, Condi is the least likely. “She’s gotten very cautious with the new job. She also has gotten into Foggy Bottom diplo-speak.”

Bill Frist gets the award for most over-exposed, meanwhile, and Hillary and John Kerry win points for being the hardest to handle. As we said, shocking news all around.

An interesting aside in the TVWeek list, though, is that they pull together the highest ratings for each of the Sunday shows–and that for three of the shows their highest numbers came in September during Hurricane Rita:

“Meet the Press”: 4.78 million (NSA wiretapping, Feb. 12, 2006)
“Face the Nation”: 3.62 million (Hurricane Rita, Sept. 25, 2005)
“This Week”: 2.98 million (Alito & Iraq, Nov. 6, 2005)
“Fox News Sunday”: 1.62 million (Rita, Sept. 25)
“Late Edition”: 1.34 million (Rita, Sept. 25)

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