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Meet the Press is an American television show focused on politics, foreign policy, and economic issues. A moderator interviews high-level government, business, academic, and other thought leaders about the most pressing issues of the day. The one-hour program airs on Sunday mornings on the NBC network, and is the longest running television show in history. It first aired during the very early years of television, on November 6, 1947, after starting out as a radio program in 1945.
Every US president since John F. Kennedy has appeared on the prestigious news show, though Ronald Reagan was a guest before he won the presidency. Every vice president since Alben Barkley has gone on the show, as has every Secretary of State since John Foster Dulles and every Secretary of Defense since Robert McNamara. Notable foreign heads of state who have visited the show over the years include Golda Meir, Fidel Castro, Anwar el-Sadat, Tony Blair, Indira Gandhi, and Pervez Musharraf.
The show has had a number of moderators over the years, starting with Martha Rountree in 1947 and ending with the current moderator, former NBC News correspondent David Gregory. The longest serving moderator was the very popular Tim Russert, who led the show from 1991 until 2008, when he unexpectedly passed away from a coronary thrombosis while recording voiceovers for the show. Russert, known for his tenacious interview style, is widely credited with improving Meet the Press and making it essentially a proving ground for politicians.
Meet the Press garners consistently high viewer ratings, not only for the quality of its moderators and guests, but because the one-hour format allows for something rarely seen on television: extended, in-depth interviews with national and global leaders. The show also features roundtable discussions among well-known journalists and political pundits. Most recently that list has included former NBC News anchor Tom Brokaw, presidential historian Doris Kearns Goodwin, Washington Post columnist Eugene Robinson, and author Jon Meacham, among others.
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Budget discussion could dominate this Sunday's slate. Paul Ryan pulls double-duty on both NBC and FOX. CBS is happy to prove any man or woman can be an island. And two Senate Budget Committee members weigh in on big talk by House Speaker John Boehner.
Judging from the guest list this week, expect the conversation to revolve around President Obama's reversal of course concerning legislating gay marriage. Unfortunately, nobody booked Bristol Palin. Instead, the usual Sunday-morning suspects have lined up guests ranging from Clay Aiken, to Hilary Rosen, Barney Frank, John Thune and Dianne Feinstein.
It's hard to really "sensationalize" anything Ted Nugent says. Often, for the several valid points he can sometimes make, it's hard to make others actually sound more crazy than they already do at the time. So it is that we now introduce, Ted Nugent....rocker, activist, gun-owner, hunter, "black Jew at a Nazi-Klan rally." That last part? His words, not ours.
Rush Limbaugh made an apology Saturday for crude remarks made on his radio show about a Georgetown University law student's congressional testimony. He claimed Monday that should be enough. Some, increasingly including sponsors, disagree. The conservative pundit jested Monday that even he got a busy signal dialing into his show to get in line with sponsors calling to abandon their support.
It might be too late, but conservative radio show host Rush Limbaugh has decided he'll cut his losses and apologize for calling Georgetown University law student Sandra Fluke a "slut" and "prostitute" on his show repeatedly last week. Limbaugh issued a full statement via his website Saturday backing off his remarks disparaging Fluke's testimony before an all-Democratic mock congressional committee concerning whether insurance coverage of contraceptives should be mandatory.
President Obama Friday personally called embattled Georgetown Law student Sandra Fluke and offered her his personal support after being called a "slut" and "prostitute" publicly by conservative talk-radio personality Rush Limbaugh, reports the Los Angeles Times today. Limbaugh directed Wednesday's invectives at the third-year law student after she testified before an all-Democratic mock panel concerning contraceptive insurance coverage.