06.19.11

7 Best Moments from Sunday Talk

McCain slams 2012 GOP field, Jon Stewart on the media’s sensationalism, President Obama talks raising teenage girls, and more in our Sunday talk roundup.

McCain Slams GOP Hopefuls’ Isolationism

Former Republican presidential candidate John McCain doesn’t approve of the new wave of isolationism rampant among current GOP contenders. On This Week the Senator said that while there’s always been an “isolation strain” in the party, now it’s final taken “center stage,” especially with regard to policy on Libya and Afghanistan. He’s looking at you, Michele Bachmann.

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Stewart on Mainstream Media’s Sensationalism and Laziness Bias

Welcome to Sunday Talk, Jon Stewart. On Fox News Sunday, the comedian argued with host Chris Wallace whether the mainstream media has a liberal bias. “I think their bias is towards sensationalism and laziness,” Stewart said, labeling the coverage “light fluff.” Things got a bit heated when Wallace brought up Stewart’s comparison of a Sarah Palin’s bus tour video to a herpes ad. If this is what every Sunday morning could be like—provided Stewart wakes up on time—we say sign him up for his own show.

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Graham and Durbin Clash on Libya’s Legitimacy

And in your Twilight Zone clip of the day, Sens. Lindsey Graham and Dick Durbin debated Libya and the War Powers Act on Meet the Press. Republican Graham said that with so much at stake in Libya, Congress needs to “shut up.” Democrat Durbin said that while the president is doing the right thing in Libya, he needs to have congressional authorization to legitimize the “hostilities by remote control.”

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Obama on Having Teen Daughters: The Perks of Guns

What’s President Obama’s primary incentive for reelection? In honor of Father’s Day, President Obama sat down with Robin Roberts for an exclusive interview on This Week. As Sasha and Malia approach their teenage years, having men with guns protect your children from naughty boys is clearly a perk of being commander-in-chief. Plus, Obama on his own father.

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Gates on Afghanistan Troop Withdrawal

Is it possible to keep pressure on the Taliban in Afghanistan while still withdrawing a significant number of troops in June? Given the relatively recent troop surge and the success of the last 15 months, Defense Secretary Robert Gates told State of the Union’s Candy Crowley that the U.S. is in a good position, no matter what the President decides. We have a feeling the political conversation will be much more complicated than that.

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The Phony Lesbian Blogger

Bill Graber sure is an unreliable source. The founder of the website “Lez Get Real,” who if you haven’t heard is a straight white man pretending to be a lesbian, was grilled by Reliable Sources Howard Kurtz about what exactly he was thinking. Somehow, this whole story feels even stranger after seeing Graber defend himself on television.

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McConnell: Stop Overregulating!

Sen. Mitch McConnell is over the Democratic ways of rebooting the economy. And by over, we mean he’s had enough of overregulation, overstimulation, and overspending. On Face the Nation, the Republican senator explained why it’s becoming increasingly difficult for businesses to function.

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