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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.

ostrich head in sand

 

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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Video- Saturday Night Live: Weekend Update Duck Dynasty Edition

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Video- NBC Political Editor: We Don't Have a Clue About Key Issues for 2014

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Thank god Heather caught this. Stunningly ignorant. NOTE- Vid isn't working here, but it does at C&L.

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Video- Saturday Night Live: Rev Al Sharpton's "Politics Nation"

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Chris Hayes: "Who's The Village Idiot Now?"

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Well, Chris Hayes didn't actually inquire this publicly, but he had to be thinking it internally.

During a Veteran's Day visit this week on Morning Joe, Chris Hayes responded satirically or snarkalicously (my own word meaning snarkily delicious) to Joe Scarborough's comments on the Veteran's Day holiday celebrations. Joe's diatribe defending the holiday, not that anyone was challenging him, was (DAILY CURRENT) :

"I mean these people are heroes," he scolded. "These men and women go out there and risk their lives so that you and I can breathe freedom. They go to the ends of the Earth to fight our enemies while you're sleeping comfortably at home.

"The deployments puts strain on their personal lives, on their marriages, on their health ... And they do it all for you. All so you can sleep soundly at night. How can you be against a holiday that honors their sacrifices? I mean really."

Seeing an opening for a little bit of playful fun, Chris didn't lose a beat in "confronting" the host in his playful, boyish indignance, as he's wont to do:

"Joe, soldiers aren't heroes," Hayes retorted. "You want to know who the real heroes are? The real heroes are people like my friend Chaz. Chaz owns a vegan bakery in Williamsburg. Before he opened his small business there were only 11 other vegan bakeries in the area, and only 4 were 100 percent gluten free. But none were non-GMO.

"Chaz's bakery has finally brought non-GMO vegan baked goods to people who need them. He's bringing little morsels of happiness and light into people's lives. What soldier has ever done anything like that? You don't need bullets to make a difference."

Well, this interchange, including laughs by both men after the mini-rant were seemingly not lost, nor found, on Rep. Tom Latham (R-Iowa). He immediately took the All In With Chris Hayes host to task calling him "America's village idiot" in a Facebook post.

Chris Hayes veterans aren't heroes

Finally someone on the congressman's staff explained what sarcasm and snarky responses are, and Tom Latham took the Facebook post down, and issued this:

When satire attacks! My apologies TO @MSNBC host Chris Hayes 1:59 pm 12 Nov 2013

Hey, at least Congressman Latham finally got it. And congrats to Chris on pulling the wool over the eyes of an elected official, not that it's so hard to do these day. But kudos anyway.

Don't forget to follow me on Twitter: @Linzack

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Sarah Palin-- Today's Utterances Of An Idiot

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Oh, Sarah, Sarah, Sarah. You've written a book to "save" Christmas. That is mighty "white" of you with all of your other pressing issues and cares. You thought about little Lord Jesus and his birthday.

What, you didn't know Christmas was Jesus's birthday? Then what part of Christmas are you saving in your book? Wowzers, we must really be missing the big picture. We should be so glad we've got you.

Where did you get the time? Just being a mother of a special needs child alone could exhaust a normal, healthy woman. Oops, I guess I just made the mistake of lumping you in with normal, healthy women. After all, you're 'Super Sarah', Caribou Barbie, the half-Baked Alaskan. Is it true you've got those little sugarplum fairies dancing away in your head? Are they twerking, perhaps?

With all that you have on your plate, today you made time to visit with Matt Lauer and share your other infinite wisdom about your first passion, (quitting) politics. Well, maybe not the quitting part -- yet. But the light you shed on Obamacare, Chris Christie and the non-tea party membership of the GOP is indescribable. Therefore, I won't even chance it for risk of putting a price on priceless:

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Complete Video- Chuck Todd Interviews President Obama 11/7/13

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