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Sunday Morning Panels: Only Males Need Apply

It’s time once again to check in on how many one-eyed anacondas will hit the political talk show circuit this weekend. Last week we began our series looking at how many females appear on Sunday morning political talk show panels. Last week was rather dismal, with FNC coming in at a big fat zero and the highest showing, two females, appearing on NBC’s “The Chris Matthews Show.” Update: It’s official. This Sunday, ABC’s “This Week” claims the most number of female panel guests.

CBS’s Face the Nation: 1

Mark Zandi, Chief Economist, Moody’s Analytics
Norah O’Donnell, CBS News Chief White House Correspondent
John Dickerson, CBS News Political Analyst

NBC’s Meet the Press: 1

Donna Shalala, Former Sec. of Health and Human Services
William Bennett, Former Sec. of Education
Tim Shriver, Chairman and CEO, Special Olympics
Tavis Smiley, PBS

Fox New Sunday: 1

Brit Hume – Fox News Senior Political Analyst
A.B. Stoddard –The Hill
Bill Kristol – Weekly Standard & Fox News
Juan Williams – Fox News Political Analyst

ABC’s “This Week”: 3

Mary Matalin, Republican Strategist
Amy Walter, ABC News Political Director
Donna Brazile, Democratic Strategist
George Will, ABC News, WaPo columnist

CNN’s “Reliable Sources”: 2

WaPo‘s Jennifer Rubin, Current TV’s David Shuster, Craig Crawford, former WSJ reporter Ron Suskind, former Cleveland Plain Dealer reporter Connie Schultz, wife of Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio).

NBC’s Chris Matthews Show: 2

The Daily Beast‘s Andrew Sullivan, NYT‘s Helene Cooper, CNN’s Gloria Borger, and WaPo‘s Michael Gerson.

Tavis Swims in the Fishbowl Daily (So he Says…)

LA-based talk show host Tavis Smiley comes to D.C. next week to moderate a “multicultural, multi-ethnic, multi-ideological” panel next Thursday at GW’s Lisner Auditorium. The panel is set to include opinion-makers such as Cornel West, Arianna Huffington, Maria Bartiromo, David Frum, Dana Milbank, David Brody, and Maria Teresa Kumar.

“We’re going to talk about how this country can get back on the right track, if that’s possible,” Smiley told FishbowlDC in a phone interview on Thursday morning. (Horribly, I completely spaced our Wednesday interview and he agreed to chat with me Thursday. When I answered the phone and apologized profusely, he said, “I’m just happy when you answer the phone. Turns me on.” Laughter ensued. A well-deserved crack for standing him up.)

Anyway, back to the interview and getting the country back on track. “There is so much happening in Washington in our body politic,” he’s saying. Asked if he thinks our country can get on a better path, he said, “I think America’s a great country, but I think we have to be on the right track on this divided government that we have to endure. I think the president squandered some time. He could have been more aggressive in the past two years.”

Smiley’s media diet in Washington includes a brief buttering up of our sister site, FishbowlLA, and FishbowlDC: “Oh man, I read most everything online. I live in LA. I’m swimming in the Fishbowl every day, every other day.” When in Washington, Smiley prefers boutique hotels like the Hotel George. But this time he’s staying at the host hotel, the Madison Loews. As for eating, he says he always ends up at Georgia Browns and Ben’s Chili Bowl.

What else can we expect to hear from Smiley next week and what are his thoughts on the media? As he put it…

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The FishbowlDC Interview With Tavis Smiley

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TavisSmiley_hires_4x4.jpg Say hello to Tavis Smiley. He hosts Tavis Smiley, a late-night show on PBS and radio show Tavis Smiley from PRI. Some standout details about him: He doesn’t cuss. Ever. And he doesn’t own a cell phone. His career path has included hosting “The Tavis Smiley Show” on NPR and “Tonight With Tavis Smiley” on BET. In 1999 he founded the Tavis Smiley Foundation. His communications company is The Smiley Group. The third installment of the PBS prime time series, “Tavis Smiley Reports,” is called “New Orleans: Been in the Storm Too Long?” It’s life in New Orleans five years post Hurricane Katrina and airs on July 21. Is that enough “Tavis Smiley’s” for you? We thought so. Read on.

If you were a carbonated beverage, which one would you be? I’m gonna go with Coke, because whatever the strongest carbonated beverage is, that’s what I’m gonna be.

How often do you Google yourself? Almost never. I live with myself 24 hours a day 7 days a week. The last thing I need to do is to read more about myself.

Who is your favorite working journalist? I’d probably say Frank Rich at the New York Times.

What’s the worst thing you’ve ever said to an editor, or vice versa? I did a piece one time that somebody had asked me to do. And I guess there was so much truth in the piece that they decided to pass on it. I basically told them, quoting Jack Nicholson, “You can’t handle the truth.”

What’s your favorite word? Next year I’ll celebrate 20 years of being in the media business, and for all of those 20 years I have always closed all of my shows with the same salutation, “Keep the faith.” So I guess “faith” is the word that people have heard come of out my mouth the most, and that’s the favorite.

When did you last cry and why? I have an art exhibition called America I AM that is traveling around the country. It’s in Cincinnati now, but the last week it was in LA, Michael Jackson’s mother, Katherine Jackson, called me. She wanted to come through with Michael’s kids and she asked if I would give them a private tour. And I did. Long story short, when she saw the Michael Jackson memorabilia, she broke down crying and just lost it. She lost it, I lost it. And it hit me in that moment that for all the rest of us that are sad about Michael being gone, this is Michael’s momma. And when I saw his mother break down, all I could do was hold her. I grabbed her and held her. She was crying, I was crying.

What word do you routinely misspell? I’ve always been a very good speller. My thing is not spelling, my thing is grammar. And by that I mean I want to make sure that I have the right verb tense, the right pronoun.

What’s the name of your cell phone ring? I don’t have a cell phone.

What swear word do you use most often? I don’t swear. I used to, 8-9 years ago. And one day I got into it with one of my producers because something had gone wrong on the show that day. She was a friend. But I was cussing at her and she was cussing back at me. And somebody in the studio recorded me. And when I heard myself on tape, I said to myself, this is not how I ever want to be portrayed. There has got to be a better way to communicate what I’m trying to say. And I stopped on a dime and decided I would not use that language anymore.

What TV show do you have to watch? The only channel that I really watch with any regularity is TVLand. Pretty much whatever’s on there. I just like old school stuff.

What do you prefer for daytime talk? Dr. Phil, Oprah, Tyra, or the women of The View? None of the above. I can honestly say I’ve never seen a full episode of any their shows because I’m never watching TV during the daytime.

Who is your mentor?
Two. Dead: Dr. King. Living: Dr. Cornel West.

What’s the best advice you’ve ever received in the course of your career? To bring my whole self to everything I do. By that I mean, don’t ever be afraid to bring everything you are: your culture, your experiences, your blackness, your upbringing. Everything that you have is what makes you who you are.

What’s the first job you had in journalism? I had a little one-minute commentary of just a thought that I created and started here on local radio in LA.

What’s Tavis’s most embarrassing career moment? You can’t
miss this one…

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Possible Supreme Court Justice Gushes to Tavis

It’s not every day that a person is considered for the highest court in the land.

Last night Chairman of the Congressional TARP Oversight Panel Elizabeth Warren appeared on PBS’s Tavis Smiley to talk finance reform. During the interview, Smiley pressed her for comment on speculation that she’s being considered for the Supreme Court.

“You just hit the key part, Tavis – …is there anybody who ever went to law school who didnÂ’t think: ‘wow, wouldn’t that be something?’ It is a profound honor just to be on the list and I will always remember that. I’m deeply honored.”

You would serve though, Smiley asked with a chuckle.

To which Warren ever so diplomatically replied, “Tavis, no one’s asked.”

Risque Red Sweater Leads to “Merv the Perv” on “Morning Joe”

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“It’s just a sweater, but they’re turning me into ‘Merv the Perv’,” complained MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” host Joe Scarborough this morning.

The situation was already degenerating with Willie Geist stepping in for host Mika Brzezinski, who is on a book tour. Scarborough began dissecting his own ensemble — a red sweater underneath a dark suit, white button-down shirt and striped dark tie. He thought he looked like the late columnist Bob Novak. Others thought he had achieved more of a Mister Rogers look.

Scarborough asked MTP host David Gregory to do his Tom Brokaw imitation. Gregory wasn’t in the mood — it was 7:25 a.m. “You look like you should have a small boy on your lap offering him Werther’s Original,” Gregory replied.

A small boy? The panel, which included, NBC’s Norah O’Donnell, PBS’s Tavis Smiley and MSNBC’s financial correspondent Erin Burnett, burst into laughter.

Without missing a beat, Smiley tried to abruptly change the subject: “David, what’s on tap for this Sunday’s Meet the Press?” Gregory laughed and replied: [Obama senior adviser] Valerie Jarrett and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.).

Discussion turned to health care. “The Daily Rundown’s” Savannah Guthrie wanted to jump in. “Can I say something?” she asked?
Scarborough: “No!”

With that, the red sweater returned.
“Joe, that sweater is your softer side, but that was kind of tough,” Guthrie said.

The gentleman that he is, Scarborough relented and let her speak.

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Sunday Show Preview

NBC’s Meet the Press: David Axelrod, Dr. Howard Dean MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough, Markos Moulitsas of the DailyKos.com, Rep. Strategist Ed Gillespie, PBS’s Tavis Smiley

CBS’ Face the Nation: Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN), Sen. Olympia Snowe (D-LA) and Se. Sherrod Brown (D-OH)

ABC’s This Week: David Axelrod, Sen. Richard Durbin (D-IL), Sen. Jon Kyl (R-AZ) and roundtable with George Will, Donna Brazile, Sam Donaldson and Cokie Roberts

Fox News Sunday:

CNN’s State of the Union: David Axelrod, Mayor Michael Bloomberg (I-NY), Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger (R-CA), Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC)

CNN’s Reliable Sources with Howard Kurtz: WaPo’s Ceci Connelly, New Yorker’s Ryan Lizza, The Weekly Standard’s Matt Continetti

CNN’s GPS with Fareed Zakaria: Nathan Myrvold, founder and CEO, Intellectual Ventures and Vali Nasr, author of “Forces of Fortune”

NBC’s The Chris Matthews Show:

Washington Week with Gwen Ifill and National Journal: WaPo’s Ceci Connolly, John Dickerson of SLATE Magazine and CBS, Economist’s Greg Ip and Chuck Babington of the Associated Press

Bloomberg’s Political Capital with Al Hunt:

Washington Watch with Roland Martin: EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson and Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (DC), American Urban Radio Networks White House Reporter April Ryan, Sirius XM Radio Host Joe Madison, Republican commentator Ron Christie, Politico White House reporter Nia-Malika Henderson and News One/Interactive One Chief Content Officer Smokey Fontaine.

CNN’s Amanpour: Tina Brown, Founder/Editor of The Daily Beast Tina Brown and Harold Evans, former editor of the Sunday Times and The Times

We’ll update as we learn them.

Sunday Show Preview

NBC’s Meet the Press: Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Adm. Mike Mullen, U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan Karl Eikenberry, Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) and Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY) and a roundtable with PBS’ Tavis Smiley and MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough

CBS’ Face the Nation: Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA), Sen. Kent Conrad (D-ND) and former DNC Chairman Howard Dean

ABC’s This Week: Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) and a roundtable with 2008 Nobel Prize winning economist Paul Krugman, WaPo‘s Kathleen Parker, former Clinton Labor Secretary Robert Reich and ABC News’ George Will

Fox News Sunday: Former White House Faith-Based Initiative Director and St. Vincent College President Jim Towey, Sen. Arlen Specter (D-PA), Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI), Assistant Secretary of Veterans’ Affairs Tammy Duckworth and a panel with former senior advisor to Kerry and Gore campaigns Tad Devine, former senior advisor to McCain campaign Nicolle Wallace and Fox News contribtors Weekly Standard‘s Bill Kristol and NPR’s Juan Williams

CNN’s State of the Union: Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Adm. Mike Mullen, U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan Karl Eikenberry, Sen. Richard Lugar (R-IN), Sen. Joseph Lieberman (I-CT), Sen. Ben Cardin (D-MD) and CNN contributors Republican strategist William Bennett and Democratic strategist Donna Brazile

CNN’s Reliable Sources with Howard Kurtz: NewMajority.com editor David Frum, WaPo‘s Anne Kornblut, Chicago Tribune‘s Clarence Page, CBS “60 Minutes” correspondent Steve Kroft and CBS “60 Minutes” executive producer Jeff Fager

CNN’s GPS with Fareed Zakaria: China Premier Wen Jiabao and “Outliers” author Malcolm Gladwell

NBC’s The Chris Matthews Show: WaPo‘s Bob Woodward, the Daily Beast’s Tina Brown, Time‘s Joe Klein and CNN’s Gloria Borger

Washington Week with Gwen Ifill and National Journal: WaPo‘s Ceci Connolly, NYT‘s Peter Baker, Politico‘s Jeanne Cummings and WSJ‘s Naftali Bendavid

Bloomberg’s Political Capital with Al Hunt: Education Secretary Arne Duncan and Bloomberg’s John McCormick, Margaret Carlson and Kate O’Beirne

Will update as we learn them.

Sunday Show Preview

NBC’s Meet the Press: President’s Council on Economic Advisors Chair Christina Romer and Rep. Eric Cantor (R-VA) and a roundtable with The Week’s David Frum, BBC’s Katty Kay, CNBC’s Steve Liesman and PBS’ Tavis Smiley

CBS’ Face the Nation: National Economic Council Director Lawrence Summers and NYT’s Thomas Friedman

ABC’s This Week: National Economic Council Director Lawrence Summers and Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and a roundtable with BusinessWeek’s Jim Ellis, The American Prospect’s Robert Kuttner, NYT’s Frank Rich and ABC’s George Will

Fox News Sunday: President’s Council of Economic Advisors Austan Goolsbee, Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN), Rep. Barney Franks (D-MA), Moody’s Economy.com’s Mark Zandi and FDIC Chairman Sheila Bair

CNN’s State of the Union: Former Vice President Dick Cheney and Rep. Joe Sestak (D-PA)

CNN’s Reliable Sources with Howard Kurtz: Tucker Carlson, The Baltimore Sun’s David Zurawik, Stephanie Miller, “The Difference” author Jean Chatzky

NBC’s The Chris Matthews Show: CNBC’s Erin Burnett, Newsweek’s Howard Fineman, WaPo’s Anne Kornblut, Wall Street Reporter/NYT’s Andrew Ross-Sorkin

Bloomberg’s Political Capital with Al Hunt: Former US Senator and presidential candidate Bill Bradley, Bloomberg’s Christine Harper, Lizzie O’Leary, Mike Tackett, Margaret Carlson and Kate O’Beirne

Washington Week with Gwen Ifill and National Journal: Time Magazine’s Michael Duffy, Slate’s John Dickerson and NBC’s Mike Viqueira

Roll Call TV with Robert Traynham: MPAA’s Dan Glickman, former communications director to Sen. Ben Nelson David DiMartino and Roll Call’s Emily Heil

Sunday Show Preview

  • Meet The Press: Rahm Emanuel, Incoming White House Chief of Staff, Tom Brokaw, NBC News, David Brooks, New York Times, Doris Kearns Goodwin, Presidential Historian, Tavis Smiley, Host, PBS’s Tavis Smiley, Chuck Todd, Political Director, NBC News.

  • Face the Nation: Incoming National Economic Council director Lawrence Summers, Georgetown University Michael Eric Dyson and Slate’s John Dickerson.

  • This Week: David Axelrod, President-elect Obama’s senior adviser and a roundtable with The Brookings Institution’s E.J. Dionne, PBS’ Gwen Ifill and ABC News’ Donna Brazile, Matthew Dowd, and George Will.

  • Face The Nation: Lawrence Summers, President-Elect Obama’s designee to be the director of
    the National Economic Council.

  • Fox News Sunday: Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Incoming White House Press Secretary, Robert Gibbs and a panel with Brit Hume, Fox News Senior Political Analyst, Mara Liasson, National Public Radio & Fox News, Bill Kristol, Weekly Standard & Fox News and Juan Williams, National Public Radio & Fox News.

  • CNN’s State of The Union with John King: President-elect Barack Obama, David Axelrod, senior Obama adviser, Ed Gillespie, Bush White House counselor, Dana Perino, Bush White House press secretary, Dee Dee Myers, former Clinton White House press secretary, Dan Lothian, CNN White House correspondent, April Ryan, White House correspondent, American Urban Radio Networks

  • Bloomberg’s Political Capital with Al Hunt: Senate Budget Committee Chairman Kent Conrad.

  • GPS: Wall Street Journal’s Peggy Noonan, Pat Buchanan, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty’s John O’Sullivan and New Yorker’s Hendrik Hertzberg.

  • Chris Matthews Show: HD Net’s Dan Rather, New York Times’ Helene Cooper, NBC Washington bureau chief Mark Whitaker and BBC’s Katty Kay.

  • C-SPAN’s Newsmakers: Sen. Judd Gregg, (R-NH), Ranking Member on the Senate Banking Committee, will be interviewed by Shailagh Murray, Washington Post Congressional Reporter, and Martin Kady, The Politico Congressional Reporter.

  • Sunday Show Preview

  • Meet the Press: Sen. Carl Levin (D-MI), Sen. Richard Shelby (R-AL), BP Capital Management founder/chair T. Boone Pickens and a roundtable with New York Times’ Tom Friedman, BBC’s Katty Kay, NBC’s Andrea Mitchell and PBS’ Tavis Smiley.

  • Face the Nation: Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA), Sen. Richard Shelby (R-AL), Newt Gingrich and Gov. Bobby Jindal (R-LA).

  • This Week: California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (R) and a roundtable with New York Times’ Paul Krugman, Sam Donaldson, Cokie Roberts and George Will.

  • Fox News Sunday: Sen. Jon Kyl, (R-AZ), Sen. Byron Dorgan, (D-ND), Gov. Tim Pawlenty (R-MN), Fmr. Lt. Gov. Michael Steele, Candidate for RNC Chairman/ (R) Fmr. Lt. Gov. of Maryland, and a roundtable with Bill Kristol, Weekly Standard & Fox News, Mara Liasson, National Public Radio & Fox News, Charles Krauthammer, Syndicated Columnist & Fox News and Juan Williams, National Public Radio & Fox News.

  • Late Edition with Wolf Blitzer: Rep. Charles Rangel, (D) New York, Ted Turner, Author, “Call Me Ted”, Leslie Sanchez, Republican strategist; CNN political contributor, James Carville, Democratic Strategist; CNN Political Contributor, and CNN’s Ed Henry and Suzanne Malveaux.

  • The Chris Matthews Show: Newsweek’s Howard Fineman, CNBC’s Erin Burnett, Time’s Michael Duffy and NPR’s Michele Norris.
  • Reliable Sources: Baltimore Sun’s David Zurawik, Washington Examiner’s Julie Mason, AP’s Beth Fouhy, KTVA Anchorage News’ Matthew Felling, Washington Times’ Tara Wall, CNN’s Lola Ogunnaike, St. Petersburg Times’ Eric Deggans, Washington Post’s Steve Pearlstein and New York Times’ Joe Nocera.

  • GPS: Former Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Nicholas Burns, author Stephen Cohen, counterterrorism expert David Kilcullen, author Barnett Rubin and author Shirin Ebadi.

  • C-SPAN’s Newsmakers: Rep. John Larson (D-CT) will be interviewed by Hartford Courant’s Jesse Hamilton and Politico’s Martin Kady.

  • Bloomberg’s Political Capital with Al Hunt: Republican governors Charlie Crist of Florida and Mark Sanford of South Carolina.
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