This week in the business of politics:
- American Taliban leader Pat Robertson blamed Haiti's pact with The Devil for the island nation's utter destruction;
- Sarah Palin inked a multi-year contract with The Devil's advocate;
- The National Tea Party Convention lost one of its sponsors amid concerns over financial arrangements; and
- Liberty University withdrew its sponsorship of CPAC, for fear of catching teh ghey from a fellow sponsor.
Meet the Press: Former Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush; USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah; Deputy Commander of the US Southern Command Lt. Gen. Ken Keen; : Republican Strategist Karen Hughes, President of the Center for American Progress John Podesta, Bob Woodward (Washington Post) and Mark Halperin (TIME).
Face the Nation: Former Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush; USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah; Deputy Commander of the US Southern Command Lt. Gen. Ken Keen.
This Week: Former Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush; USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah; Deputy Commander of the US Southern Command Lt. Gen. Ken Keen; : George Will (Washington Post), Tucker Carlson (DailyCaller.com), Democratic Strategist Donna Brazile and Katrina vanden Heuvel (The Nation).
Fox News Sunday: Former Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush; USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah; Deputy Commander of the US Southern Command Lt. Gen. Ken Keen; Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY); : Bill Kristol (Weekly Standard), Nina Easton (Fortune magazine), Charles Krauthammer (Washington Post) and Juan Williams (Fox News).
State of the Union: Former Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush; USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah; Deputy Commander of the US Southern Command Lt. Gen. Ken Keen; Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC); Democratic Strategist James Carville; Republican Strategist Mary Matalin; : Jill Dougherty (CNN); Clarence Page (Chicago Tribune); Jim Geraghty (National Review); James Poniewozik (TIME); Radio Host Stephanie Miller; Marisa Guthrie (Broadcasting & Cable).
The Chris Matthews Show: Andrea Mitchell (NBC News); Howard Fineman (Newsweek); John Heilemann (New York magazine); Kelly O'Donnell (NBC News).
Fareed Zakaria GPS: TBA.
60 Minutes will feature: a report on the efforts of the U.S. Army's 82nd Airborne Division to help rescue, feed and protect the citizens of Haiti; a report on American Samoa, and the fact that the small island sends more players to the NFL than any similarly populated place in America (preview); and, a Charlie Rose interview with Spanish actress Penelope Cruz.
On Comedy Central...
John Stewart had some choice words for the blowhards looking to exploit the tragedy in Haiti — Shut The Fuck Up!
: Former Comptroller General/Author David Walker ("Comeback America")
: Actor Colin Firth ("A Single Man")
: Author Jim Wallis ("Rediscovering America")
: Actor Julie Andrews ("Tooth Fairy")
And Stephen Colbert examined the game-changing effect that Mark Halperin's and John Heilemann's book has had on reporting in Washington.
: Biologist Margaret Palmer and Author Emily Pilloton ("Design Revolution")
: Special Representative for North Korea Policy Stephen Bosworth
: Leno Defender/Chairman of NBC Universal Sports & Olympics Dick Ebersol
: Author John Farmer ("The Ground Truth")
And speaking of new standards in reporting...
During her debut on The Factor, Palin said she was looking forward "to providing the fair and the balanced reporting and analysis that voters in this country deserve." Apparently speaking directly from network talking points, Palin also claimed that Americans are "turning into Fox News" because they oppose "biased journalism." Believe it or not, Palin also admitted that in 2008 -- yes, 2008 -- she asked "questions" about whether there were ties between Saddam Hussein and 9-11.
BECK: She said, 'I'm just preparing now.' And I said, 'What do you mean?' And she held up her BlackBerry, and she said, 'Oh I, I'm wondering why you have me here at the Statue of Liberty.' And I said, 'Cause it’s a symbol of trust.' ... And she said, 'So you're not going to ask me about the 25 windows?' And I said, 'The 25 windows? What are you talking about the 25 windows?' She said, 'The 25 windows, come on, don't play with me. 25 windows, they stand for the different minerals.' And I said, 'You could be making that up right now, I have no idea.' [...]
And she said, 'So the seven points?' And I said, 'What points?' She said, 'The ones on her hand. You know the crown.' ... And I said, 'No, we're not going down that road.' And she just looked at me like, 'Um hm.'
And I turned around and I walked out for a minute and I come back and she’s still Googling. Now she’s googling, now she’s googling Ellis Island. Her shields were so high.
Did she mean: ?
BECK: Who is your favorite founder?
PALIN: You know, well, all of them because they came collectively together with so much diverse...
BECK: Bull crap. Who is your favorite?
PALIN: So much diverse opinion and so much diversity in terms of belief, but collectively they came together to form this union.
I'm feeling lucky.- Trix