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Weekend Media Wrap, Vol. 8: What You Missed If You Weren’t Glued To The Sunday Shows


Every Sunday morning, legacy media outlets are taken over by elected officials, aspiring elected officials, administration insiders, and the usual collection of talking heads — all of whom are there to discuss specific policies, push talking points, or simply promote their own campaigns.

For those who don’t spend their Sunday mornings glued to the television — and their Sunday afternoons attempting to unravel a full week’s worth of network and cable news media spin — The Daily Wire has compiled a short summary of what you may have missed.

ABC News, “This Week”:

Politico’s senior Washington correspondent Rachael Bade joined the panel discussion on ABC’s “This Week,” and she warned that even former President Donald Trump’s political rivals worried that the use of the 14th Amendment could backfire.

Bade said that the concern — grounded in the knowledge that multiple indictments only appear to have rallied Trump’s base — was that a hard push of the 14th Amendment (which would attempt to bar him from holding office based on his participation in an “insurrection”) “could end up helping him get another term in the White House.”

Former DNC Chairwoman Donna Brazile also offered a warning, saying that Democrats should not get cocky going into the election no matter what the polls and pundits said.

“Democrats should be concerned. We should run as if we’re 10 points behind, not even, so that the enthusiasm can be lifted up. But the bottom line is, Joe Biden and Kamala Harris have a record,” she said.

CBS News, “Face the Nation”:

Vice President Kamala Harris spoke with CBS’ Margaret Brennan for Sunday’s broadcast of “Face the Nation,” and Harris stressed the need to bring back the abortion access that overturned landmark case Roe v. Wade had protected.

Harris repeatedly refused to state any possible limitations on abortion access — despite being asked directly several times to do so — saying only, “We’re not trying to-, we’re not trying to do anything that did not exist before June of last year.”

Brennan also laid out the results of a new CBS News poll, which indicated — as many recent polls have — the the American people are not happy about the advanced age of many political leaders.

According to that poll, “more than three-fourths of Americans, regardless of political affiliation, favor maximum age limits for elected officials. Just over half say the job of president or senator is too demanding for someone over the age of 75.”


CNN, “State of the Union”:

Secretary of State Antony Blinken told CNN anchor Jake Tapper “every aspect” of the Biden administration’s disastrous withdrawal would be reviewed in the coming months.

Blinken’s comments come amid renewed scrutiny of the debacle as family and friends of the 13 service members who were killed by a suicide bomber during the chaos raise questions about what military leaders — and the White House — knew and when they knew it.

Presidential hopeful and former Governor Nikki Haley (R-S.C.) joined CNN anchor Jake Tapper on “State of the Union,” calling out the members of the G20 for delivering a joint statement that did not fully and explicitly condemn Russia’s still ongoing invasion of Ukraine.

Russia and China, Haley said, were likely “celebrating today” because the statement failed to go far enough. Haley also hinted that if China were pleased by the move it might be because they expected a similarly tepid reaction if they were to invade Taiwan.

Referring to China as a definite “enemy” on the global stage, Haley added a warning: “China has been practically preparing for war with us for years.”

NBC News, “Meet the Press”:

Longtime “Meet the Press” anchor Chuck Todd announced on Sunday that he was leaving the show — and turning the keys over to NBC’ Kristin Welker.

“After nine years and more than 430 broadcasts, today is my final Sunday in the moderator chair,” Todd said, calling the experience a “privilege” and saying that his “younger self” could never have imagined what was in store.

“As I prepare to sign off, both parties find themselves at a crossroads … Both parties are stuck in the present, and the voters are exhausted by it,” he said.

Governor Gavin Newsom (D-CA) stopped short of calling for Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) to step down, saying that despite her advanced age and reported difficulties — such as needing aides to remind her how to vote — Feinstein alone should be the one to decide when she was ready to leave office.

“I don’t want to make another [Senate] appointment, and I don’t think the people of California want me to make another appointment,” he told Todd.

FOX, “Fox News Sunday”:

Governor Glenn Youngkin (R-VA) joined “Fox News Sunday” anchor Shannon Bream to break his own bit of news, announcing a pardon for the father who was arrested at a Loudoun County School Board meeting after his daughter was assaulted by a trans-identifying student in a women’s restroom.

WHEREAS Scott Thomas Smith has been publicly and falsely accused of ‘domestic terrorism’ and ‘hate crimes’ for attempting to advocate for his daughter, a victim of sexual assault … I have decided it is just and appropriate to grant this ABSOLUTE PARDON that reflects Scott Thomas Smith’s factual innocence,” the pardon reads, in part.

Bream also pressed Youngkin on the constantly-swirling rumors that he could make a late entry into the 2024 Republican primary — particularly if elections set to take place in November of 2023 go well for Republicans.

Youngkin did not answer the question directly, saying only that he planned to remain focused on the 2023 races and wanted to take care of Virginia first.

MSNBC, “Inside With Jen Psaki”:

Former White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki argued on Sunday that Republicans had gotten off easy in Georgia, saying that Fulton County District Attorney Dani Willis — a Democrat — could have handed down indictments for twice as many people as she did, one of whom was a sitting Republican Senator.

“For all the right-wing talk about political persecution, we learned this week that D.A. Willis had the opportunity to indict twice as many people – including a sitting Republican senator. But she didn’t,” Psaki said, going on to note that former White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows had lost his bid to remove his case to federal court.

The senator in question, Psaki said, was Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.).

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