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Sunday Talkers Shame Themselves

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Sunday Talk Shows

The only thing missing from yesterday's Sunday talk show openings was the Rod Stewart and Dolly Parton singing the duet of, "Baby It's Cold Outside." It's actually quite a good rendition. You can see it here.

But are these chatfests, Meet the Nation, Face the Nation, This Week, Fox News Sunday, etc. really doing their jobs -- providing a public service? Bringing us unfiltered news? I think not.

Yesterday they all began with a moment about the cold weather, then immediately went into full Chris Christie coverage. What everyone of these shows ignored was this:

HUFFPO:

The emergency began Thursday following complaints to West Virginia American Water about a licorice-type odor in the tap water. The source: the chemical 4-methylcyclohexane methanol, which had leaked out of a 40,000-gallon tank at a Freedom Industries facility along the Elk River.

Here it is, Sunday, four days later, and over 300,000 West Virginians were still without clean tap water. They can't drink the contaminated water, can't bath in it, can't cook with it, can't do wash in it, and yet how much coverage did it get on the public service shows? Zilch.

But doesn't this crisis meet national standards? If a spill like this can happen in W.V. it can happen anywhere. Should we be investigating how it happened and seek out safeguards? Evidently not if the victims are in West Virginia.

The network news talkers are treating this less than a throw-away story. If mentioned at all, it's like "Entire neighborhood all paint their houses the same color of grey." What they leave out is that all of these houses were painted in lead-based paint and everyone in the neighborhood is going to die of cancer. If it's not a Republican or Democratic attack, it's not worthy of the Sunday talkers. And that's why these supposed news shows should be embarrassed and reprimanded. They owe everyone an apology for spitting on the urgent and legitimate problems of one of our fifty states. A chemical spill effecting so many IS NEWS.

Now the EPA is constantly coming under attack on Sunday GOP talkers as an example of over-regulation. Republicans use this ruse almost almost as much as the concern over voter fraud in their Red states or the damage same-sex marriage is causing their "normal" marriage. Yet when a disaster strikes, why the crickets? Why not demonstrate what the EPA does? If it wasn't for them, these innocent people, victims of a dangerous chemical spill might be glowing in the dark or have three ears by now.

What's equally startling is that there isn't even an adequate clean-up plan in force to allow such a vast sum of people to be provided with bottled water and food to get them through this crisis time. This Elk River, where the chemicals spilled, runs for hundreds of miles, reaching both the Mississippi and Ohio Rivers. We're talking potentially half of our nation being affected.

To me that's news. Grumpy Chris Christie playing dumb or lying about his part or knowledge in his bridge-gate scandal is news, and should be covered, but so should the plight of the victims half of our nation. When a hurricane displaces and damages vast swaths of land, the press is all over it. But in old West Virginia, not so much.

Beltway news is noisy, to say the least. But is it urgent or more important than pressing news about half our nation facing a possible poisoning? Hardly.

Maybe next time stations come up for licensing, lets remember that Meet the Press and the other talkers are just paid political content masquerading as public service. Maybe locally qualifying shows should be produced, (improving local economies) and demanded in their place if they're being done to meet the FCC public licensing obligations.

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Video- CNN: Newt Gingrich fires back at Mandela critics

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Stopped clock blah blah blah. It's nice someone is firing back at it though.

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Video- CNN: Howard Dean Vs Rick Santorum on ACA "nonsense"

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Video- GOP Chair Reince Priebus "We're Going To Be The Party That Is Fresh and New In 2016"

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What? You're going to do an autopsy of your autopsy? Still sounds dead to me.

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Pull My Finger -- What Do You Hear?

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pull my finger

Generally when you have stomach distress, there are some warning signs. You'll feel everything from uneasiness. Stomach grumbling. Pains and the occasional musical accompaniment, often followed by the shouts of "Who cut the cheese?" or "he who smelt it, dealt it."

This past weekend, I experienced a similar set of symptoms, but it wasn't because of something I ate. It was something I heard. And no, it wasn't mass hysteria from crazy Uncle Bill asking my cousin to "pull my finger." I was too busy rushing to open a window, hoping to let the stench out of the room. CNN was on polluting the airwaves.

It was this conversation with Candy Crowley and Rafael Cruz, America's favorite Canuck.

How could one person be so totally out of touch with reality? And when did Candy develop instant laryngitis to not call out the senator on his totally outrageous claims? Your guess is as good as mine. Surely, any similarity to real life as told by Cruz is purely coincidental. Former Governor Dean was right, “God help us if he ever becomes anything more than a senator from Texas.

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Video- Howard Dean Rips Ted Cruz: God Help Us’ If Ted Cruz Becomes President

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Via.

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Video- Defense Attorney Thomas Mesereau: Other Juries Would Have Convicted Zimmerman

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Still don't know what to say.

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