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(Be sure to also read: This week’s Media Bias Sunday Talk scoreboard! GOP 5, Democrats 4 by GottaLaff)

Meet The Press: White House Senior Adviser Dan Pfeiffer; Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ); Sen.Dick Durbin (D-IL); RoundtableJon Ralston (Ralston Reports), Former White House Press Secretary Robert GibbsCarolyn Ryan (New York Times) and Israel Ortega (Heritage Foundation).

Face The Nation: Rep. Mike Rogers (R-MI); Former National Security Adviser Tom Donilon; "Miracle on the Hudson" Pilot Chesley Sullenberger; Former NTSB Chairman Mark RosenkerBob Orr (CBS News); RoundtableMichael Gerson (Washington Post), Anne Gearan (Washinton Post), Bobby Ghosh (TIME) and Margaret Brennan (CBS News).

This Week: Rep. Peter King (R-NY); Sen. Chris Murphy (D-CT); Microsoft Co-Founder Bill GatesRoundtable: Republican Strategist Matthew Dowd, Georgetown University Prof.Michael Eric DysonWilliam Kristol (Weekly Standard), Katrina Vanden Heuvel (The Nation) and Greta Van Susteren (Fox News).

Fox News Sunday: Rep. Michael McCaul (R-TX); Former Managing Director of the NTSBPeter Goelz; Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN); Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ); Roundtable:George Will (Washington Post), Judy Woodruff (PBS), Republican Strategist Karl Roveand Juan Williams (Fox News).

State of the Union: Former Director of National Intelligence John Negroponte; Air Crash Investigators Colleen KellerSteven Wallace and Richard AboulafiaCommander William Marks of the USS Blue Ridge; Sen. John McCain (R-AZ); RNC Chairman Reince PriebusRoundtableCharles Blow (New York Times), Republican Strategist Ana Navarroand Ron Brownstein (National Journal).

Evening lineup:

60 Minutes will feature: an interview with Bassem Youssef, the "Jon Stewart of Egypt" (preview); a report on the future of drones (preview); and, a look inside Tabasco's hot sauce empire (preview).

On Comedy Central... Jon Stewart examined Fox News' obsession with poor people eating (well).   And Stephen Colbert scored President Obama's appearance on "Between Two Ferns" as a win for Fox.

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Morning lineup:

Meet The Press: Secretary of State John Kerry; Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL); California Gov. Jerry Brown (D); Roundtable: Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake (D), Kathleen Parker (Washington Post), Chuck Todd (NBC News), Tina Brown(Women in the World) and Jeffrey Goldberg (Bloomberg View).

Face The Nation: Secretary of State John Kerry; Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel; Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY); Roundtable: Michael O'Hanlon (Brookings Institution), Danielle Pletka (American Enterprise Institute) and David Martin (CBS News).

This Week: Secretary of State John Kerry; Former Sen. Russ Feingold (D-WI) and Actor/Director Ben Affleck; Nate Silver (FiveThirtyEight.com); Roundtable: Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL), Van Jones (CNN), Rich Lowry (National Review) and Cokie Roberts (ABC News).

Fox News Sunday: Rep. Mike Rogers (R-MI); Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA); Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH); Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-MD); Roundtable: George Will (Washington Post), Elise Viebeck (The Hill), Former Sen. Scott Brown (R-MA) and Former Sen. Evan Bayh (D-IN).

State of the Union: Ukranian Ambassador to the United Nations Yuriy Sergeyev; Former National Security Adviser Tom Donilon; Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC); Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL); Roundtable: Former Deputy White House Press Secretary Bill Burton, Ross Douthat (New York Times) and Amy Walter (Cook Political Report).

Evening lineup:

60 Minutes will present a special hour on crime and punishment, featuring the capture of "Whitey" Bulger; the murder of a neo-Nazi leader; and, the largest archival theft in U.S. history (preview).

On Comedy Central...

The Daily Show

Monday: "Family Guy" Creator Seth MacFarlane

Tuesday: Former Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC)

Wednesday: Rachel Maddow (MSNBC)

Thursday: Author Paul Taylor

The Colbert Report

Monday: Writer Caitlin Flanagan

Tuesday: Author Jaron Lanier

Wednesday: "House of Cards" Writer/Producer Beau Willimon

Thursday: Theaster Gates (Rebuild Foundation)

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Sunday Talkers

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Morning lineup:

Meet The Press: National Security Adviser Susan Rice; Canadian Foreign Minister John Baird; Michael Brune (Sierra Club); Roundtable: David Brooks (New York Times), Helene Cooper (New York Times), Judy Woodruff (PBS) and Chris Matthews (MSNBC).

Face The Nation: Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley (D); Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R); Sen. John McCain (R-AZ); Political Roundtable: Jonathan Martin (New York Times), Dan Balz (Washington Post), Amy Walter (Cook Political Report) and John Dickerson (CBS News); Foreign Policy Roundtable: Margaret Brennan (CBS News) and Bobby Gosh (TIME).

This Week: Former President George W. Bush (R); Roundtable: Democratic Strategist Donna Brazile, Republican Strategist Matthew Dowd and Bill Kristol (Weekly Standard).

Fox News Sunday: Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL); Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-NH); Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R); Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin (D); Roundtable: George Will (Washington Post), Former Rep. Jane Harman (D-CA), Michael Needham (Heritage Action for America) and Juan Williams (Fox News).

State of the Union: Indiana Gov. Mike Pence (R); Connecticut Gov. Dan Malloy (D); Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R); Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon (D); Actor Joe Morton; Roundtable: Robert Costa (Washington Post), Democratic Strategist Penny Lee and Ramesh Ponnuru (National Review).

Evening lineup:

60 Minutes will feature: an interview with Frank Hall, a football coach at Chardon High School in Ohio , who chased a gunman out of the school in 2012 (preview); an interview with master art forger Wolfgang Beltracchi (preview); and, an interview with actor Liam Neeson (preview).

On Comedy Central...

"Daily Show" correspondent Jason Jones charted communist Russia's transformation into the ultimate red state.

The Daily Show

Monday: Author/Journalist Hooman Majd

Tuesday: Physicist Michio Kaku

Wednesday: Actor Liam Neeson

Thursday: Author Kevin Roose

And Stephen Colbert grappled with gender diversity.

The Colbert Report

Monday: Singer/Actress Darlene Love

Tuesday: Musician St. Vincent

Wednesday: Olympic Gold Medalists in Ice Dancing Meryl Davis & Charlie White

Thursday: Actor Jeff Goldblum

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Sunday Talkers

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This weeks TV Sunday talkers Morning lineup:

Meet The Press: 2012 Republican Presidential Candidate Mitt Romney; Debate: "Science Guy" Bill Nye and Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN); Roundtable: Republican Strategist Nicole Wallace, Julie Pace (Associated Press), Former Senior Adviser to President Obama David Axelrod and Chuck Todd (NBC News).

Face The Nation: Former President of the American Meteorological Society Marshall Shepherd; President of the Heritage Foundation Jim DeMint; Michael Sam Roundtable: Michael Sam's Spokesman Howard Bragman, Cyd Zeigler (OutSports.com), Jarrett Bell (USA Today Sports) and NFL Player Donté Stallworth; Political Roundtable: Neera Tanden (Center for American Progress), Bob Woodward (Washington Post), David Sanger (New York Times) and Jonathan Harris (Politico).

This Week: North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory (R); Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti (D); Climatologist Dr. Heidi Cullen; Ginger Zee (ABC News); Rebecca Jarvis (ABC News); Actor Kevin Spacey; Michael Sam Roundtable: Former NFL Player Chris Kluwe, Pete Thamel (Sports Illustrated) and Cyd Zeigler (OutSports.com); Roundtable: Jonathan Karl (ABC News), Alicia Menendez (Fusion Network), Peggy Noonan (Wall Street Journal) and Katrina vanden Heuvel (The Nation).
Fox News Sunday: Former Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland (D); Republican Strategist Karl Rove; Roundtable: George Will (Washington Post), Kirsten Powers (USA Today), Kimberley Strassel (Wall Street Journal) and Charles Lane (Washington Post).

State of the Union: Sen. John McCain (R-AZ); Businessman Steve Forbes; Former Chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers Austan Goolsbee; Republican Strategist Kevin Madden; Corey Dade (TheRoot.com); Margie Omero (Purple Insights).

Evening lineup:

60 Minutes will feature: a report on the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, the most expensive weapons system in history (preview); an interview with Russian businessman Bill Browder, who says he's had his life threatened as the victim of outrageous corruption perpetrated by the Russian government (preview); and, an interview with actress Cate Blanchett (preview).

On Comedy Central

      The Daily Show

Monday: Pre-empted
Tuesday: Actor Kevin Spacey
Wednesday: Director David O. Russell
Thursday: Ronan Farrow (MSNBC)

      The Colbert Report

Monday: Pre-empted
Tuesday: Theoretical Physicist Brian Greene
Wednesday: Director Alexander Payne
Thursday: Retired Army Gen. Stanley McChrystal

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Sunday Talkers

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Morning lineup:

Meet The Press: Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY); Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH); Co-Authors Jonathan Allen & Amie Parnes: Roundtable: Andrea Mitchell (NBC News), David Brooks (New York Times), E.J. Dionne (Washington Post), Mike Needham (Heritage Action for America) and Former White House Deputy Chief of Staff Mona Sutphen.

Face The Nation: Rep. Peter King (R-NY); Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL); Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-NH); Roundtable: Michele Norris (NPR), Jeffrey Goldberg (The Atlantic), Mark Mazzetti (New York Times), Margaret Brennan (CBS News) and John Dickerson (CBS News).

This Week: Rep. Mike Rogers (R-MI); Roundtable: Rep. Tom Cole (R-OK), Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN), S.E. Cupp (CNN), Former White House Senior Adviser David Plouffe and Jeff Zeleny (ABC News).

Fox News Sunday: Rep. Michael McCaul (R-TX); Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA); Roundtable: George Will (Washington Post), Julie Pace (Associated Press), Radio Host Laura Ingraham and Juan Williams (Fox News).

State of the Union: Former Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano; Former Director of National Intelligence John Negroponte; Harvard University Prof. Nicholas Burns; Roundtable: Cornell Belcher (CNN), Republican Strategist Ana Navarro and A.B. Stoddard (The Hill).

Evening lineup:

60 Minutes will feature: a report on drugs that can affect men and women differently (preview); a rebroadcast of a 2006 with Phillip Seymour Hoffman in which he discussed drug addiction (preview); and, a report on the 100,000 Homes Campaign, which aims to ave taxpayer dollars by giving homes to the chronically homeless (preview).

On Comedy Central...

Jon Stewart ripped Fox News' coverage of the CBO report.

The Daily Show

Monday: Actor Ty Burrell (D)

Tuesday: Author Elizabeth Kolbert

Wednesday: Actor Joel Kinnaman

Thursday: Pre-empted

The Colbert Report

Monday: Former Rep. Patrick Kennedy (D-RI)

Tuesday: Former Floria Gov. Charlie Crist (R D)

Wednesday: Director Godfrey Reggio

Thursday: Pre-empted

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Sunday Talkers - Unemployment No Longer A Problem

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That's the amount of coverage the four largest Sunday talkers ("Fox News Sunday," ABC’s "This Week," NBC’s "Meet The Press," and CBS’ "Face The Nation")  gave to the crisis of the long term unemployment extension that ran out right after Christmas. From that , you can only draw one conclusion: unemployment is no longer a problem.

Who's going to break this joyous news to the 1.3  million unemployed who've had their benefits cut? Or the additional 3 million family members of this socio-economic formerly depressed group? Certainly not the public service shows whose responsibility it is to report and examine such pressing issues.

Last Sunday I took these chat fests to task over their not mentioning anything about the West Virginia water poisoning. This week they've gone to, as a member of Chris Christie's inner circle, David Waldman reported, "radio silence."

Fortunately, I was able to grab a screen shot of the CNN talker just before camera's began to roll. That's Candy Crowley on the right.

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To the defense of the talk shows, they did have a lot to cover. And certainly who can argue that the future of 4.5 million Americans potentially starving, living without heat or shelter could possibly be as important as Chris Christie possibly blocking the George Washington Bridge, Obama's allowing us to be spied on, Edward Snowden being accused by right wingers of working for the Russians, and Robert Gates' new book where he confesses to being a borderline alcoholic having to knock back a stiff one every night to deal with the pressures of his job?

Priorities are important. But where does the well-being of fellow Americans rate? Certainly on Sunday public service qualifying shows who have a responsibility by law to provide public service information, the plight of the long-term unemployment barrier is quite insignificant.

Or maybe the truth is that it's these shows that are not significant. You could make that argument easily based on what they fail to report, more than what they do cover.

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Sunday Talkers Shame Themselves

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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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