Yesterday Digby mentioned that Chris Matthews was hungering for some war action.
Obama pushing for an Authorized Use of Military Force agreement to go after ISIS might make Matthews happy, but I wonder whom he and the other news/talk opinion shows will book to talk about other alternatives?
Media Matters just put out an extensive report about The State of Sunday Morning Political Talk Shows. The results won’t surprise you. White men dominate. While I haven’t gone through the entire report, the other theme that I’m seeing is a pro-war bias of guests.
One of my friends in the radio biz talked about pro-AUMF guests being pushed at her. I asked, “Are you also getting anti-war guests pushed and promoted to you?” She wasn’t.
I’ve pointed out this issue before many times, not all experts are created equal. Not all messages have a well-funded team pushing them. I’ve asked in several forums. “Who are the anti-war go to guests? Why aren’t they in the conversations? What will it take to get them in the conversations?”
The recent Brian Williams suspension revealed that lying was winked at and promoted when it had a pro-war agenda. The punishment was for the lying, not the pro-war part.
But now NBC and to a lesser degree CBS and ABC, will be trying to show how credible they are now. They might want to show their anchors sticking to the facts or actually talking to both sides instead of two versions of the same side.
This is where we start pushing them, now, while they are still trying to appear credible and before the pro-war funders get their war on, again.