January 3: Top 8 Moments From Sunday Talk
Obama's counterterrorism adviser suggests Dick Cheney is "ignorant," Brit Hume helps Tiger Woods find God, and Howard Kurtz blasts Brian Williams. That and more in our weekly roundup.
Brit Hume Helps Tiger Woods Find God
It was just supposed to be a light segment of 2010 predictions by the Fox News Sunday roundtable, but Brit Hume managed to take his prognostication a bit too far. The Fox commentator says there’s still hope for scandal-ridden golfer Tiger Woods—he just has to drop that whole Buddhist thing and go Christian to find forgiveness.
The No-Spin Zone with Bob Schieffer
Face the Nation host Bob Schieffer has had some insightful commentaries on his show—this week he suggested that both celebrities and politicians had a lot of explaining to do. Schieffer specifically targeted Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano for her “system worked”/"system didn’t work” fiasco last week, blasting the government for wasting taxpayer dollars on the type of PR spin you’d expect from the likes of Tiger Woods.
Brennan: Cheney Either Misleading the Public… or Just Plain ‘Ignorant’
Counterterrorism adviser John Brennan has served under the five previous administrations, including the Bush-Cheney era, but that didn’t stop him from lashing out at the former vice president. In response to Dick Cheney’s comments last week accusing Obama of pretending the U.S. isn’t at war with terrorists, Brennan says Cheney is either “willfully mischaracterizing this president's position” or “ignorant of the facts.”
Kurtz Uses More Than 140 Characters to Slam Brian Williams
Howard Kurtz may be “old media” ( The Washington Post, CNN), but he’s always been one to engage new-media forms, whether it’s conservative talk radio—what other media reporter, from the beginning, regularly acknowledged Rush Limbaugh as a major player?—or, in today’s episode of Reliable Sources, blasting the TSA for serving subpoenas to bloggers, and, in this clip, taking Brian Williams to task for dismissing Twitter.
Who’s Toast in 2010? The McLaughlin Group Knows…
Will Mike Huckabee, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and certain prominent member of the Obama Cabinet be looking into the political abyss by the end of 2010? That’s the case made by the well-dressed McLaughlin Group, who, in their year-end awards program, run down four unfortunates “Destined for Political Oblivion.”
John Brennan: No ‘Smoking Gun’ in Bomb Plot
There may have been a number of signals leading up to the Christmas Day terror plot in Detroit (including a warning of radicalism from the suspect’s father) but nothing pointed directly to the attempted bombing—or so says White House counterterrorism adviser John Brennan. The problem, he says on CNN’s State of the Union, was failing connecting the dots (meaning the system didn't work after all?).
Collins Compliments/Slams Napolitano
Sen. Susan Collins had nothing but nice things to say about Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano on This Week… aside from calling her contradictory comments on the security system working smoothly both “inappropriate” and “bizarre.” Despite being “baffled” by this little misunderstanding, the Maine Republican says she still has confidence in Napolitano’s ability to protect the country. Translation: Just don’t do it again.
Facebook Enters the National-Security Debate
Nightline’s Terry Moran filled in for George Stephanopoulos on This Week, and he had an interesting question for counterterrorism adviser John Brennan, who was on a whirlwind tour with Sunday talk-show talking points. If Facebook can make connections between millions of people on the social-networking site, why can’t the U.S. government connect the dots with suspected terrorists? Maybe the president needs to send a friend request to Mark Zuckerberg or “poke” some folks over in Silicon Valley.
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