Weekend Watchdog Wrap-Up

Bill Scher

For the third week in a row, the Sunday shows go 0-for-3 for the Watchdog.

None of the shows raised the possibility that the commutation of Scooter Libby’s jail sentence is an act of obstruction of justice, even though the Founders did not believe the pardon power gives the President the right to “stop inquiry and prevent detection” of crimes associated with himself.

ABC’s George Stephanopoulos said, “the constitution basically says the president can do whatever he wants,” and Fox News Sunday guest host Brit Hume said Bush was “exercising authority that no one seems to dispute that he fully has”.

CBS’ Face The Nation guest host Jim Axelrod at least asked Sen. Orrin Hatch, “Are you disputing that this was special treatment given to a top administration official?”

Also, NBC’s Meet The Press failed to ask Sen. Chuck Hagel if he agrees with other Republicans who criticize the “surge” and want reduced troop levels, but still support occupying Iraq indefinitely.

Finally, even though it was a day after Live Earth, one of the largest concert events ever none of the Sunday shows asked politicians a single question about how they plan to solve the climate crisis.

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