Respect for viewers? Sunday talk shows include unsupportable comments

Posted on September 2, 2012 by


The programs featured mostly partisans who offered the expected opinions but as usual, some of the remarks had factual and other challenges. We’ll cite five programs.

North Carolina Gov. Bev Perdue (first page photo) said on CNN’s “STATE OF THE UNION” that “She hasn’t heard any Republican talk about education and increases in the work force.”

We have. Just one example is at the following link:

On the same program, host Candy Crowley asked Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley (2nd line, far right) how he accounts for polls showing a drop in support among young people compared to four years ago. O’Malley instead talked about Obama policies that help students.

Since that wasn’t the question, the governor gets a thumbs down for not responding to the question.

O’Malley also said Republicans’ policy on Social Security and Medicare would leave seniors insecure and the GOP “doesn’t care.”

To make a blanket statement implying all Republicans don’t care is incorrect and disrespectful.

On ABC’s “THIS WEEK,” senior Obama adviser David Plouffe (2nd line, 1st photo) said there “would be no auto industry if Mitt Romney was president.”

We believe that’s an incorrect statement. Romney has said he would have taken the companies to bankruptcy, if necessary. That doesn’t mean they’d be out of business”.

Plouffe also mentioned Paul Ryan’s Medicare plan, saying it provided a voucher plan, among other things.

He was either referring to Ryan’s initial proposal or if he was citing his revised plan, chose to ignore the change that gives beneficiaries the right to stay with the current Medicare program if they wish.

FOX NEWS SUNDAY” included David Axelrod, (1st line, 2nd from left) a top campaign official for Pres. Obama. When asked by host Chris Wallace where the presidential race stands, Axelrod said, “We have a lead.” 

About the swing states that many think will decide the election, the former adviser to the President said he thinks Mr. Obama leads there, too. He acknowledged that the leads are small and said that it would be a close election.

Real Clear Politics, which averages a number of national polls, has Pres. Obama ahead, 46.4% to Romney’s 46.3.  That’s a one-tenth of one percent lead. We don’t have all the stats on whether either party was oversampled. Oversampling means that more members of that party were included in the survey than the other.

If Axelrod wanted to be completely fair, he might have said that 
the race is too close to call or specifically that the lead is .1%. Considering the margin of error involved in each of the included polls, there’s a high likelihood that one or more of the polls included in the RCP average was off by more than a point or two. That would make the tiny margin even more insignificant than it already is

On “MEET THE PRESS,” former Obama chief of staff and current Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel (1st line, 1st picture) said there was “nothing memorable” in Mitt Romney’s speech to the GOP convention.

While Emanuel was expressing his opinion, we think he was trying to sell the idea that Republicans in general found nothing remarkable in the address. Our view is that most Republicans would disagree and so Emanuel’s remarks were not respectful to members of the GOP?

Host Chris Wallace asked Emanuel to comment on the 69% to 31% margin of people polled saying they were worse off than four years ago. The Chicago mayor instead spoke about the contrast in philosophies between the President and Romney.

Another thumbs down for avoiding the question.

Here is the contact information for those we cited:

Gov. Martin O’Malley

Gov. Bev Perdue

David Plouffe

David Axelrod

Mayor Rahm Emanuel