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Preview of the June 20, 2010 Meet the Press

Tomorrow on the June 20, 2010 Meet the Press:


Kenneth Feinberg
Independent Administrator, BP Oil Spill Victim Compensation Fund


Gov. Haley Barbour (R-MS)
Chair, Republican Governors Association

Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-LA)
Energy and Natural Resources Committee

Rep. Ed Markey (D-MA)
Chair, Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming

Katty Kay
Washington Correspondent, BBC World News America

John Hofmeister
Former President, Shell Oil Company
Author, “Why We Hate the Oil Companies”

This Sunday,  Crisis in the Gulf‬‪ – a special discussion for the full hour examining the many facets of the Oil Spill disaster: clean-up efforts, restoration, containment, the government’s response, and of course accountability as BP officials met this week with the President and faced tough questioning on Capitol Hill. Plus how will this crisis impact our energy policy and the future of off-shore drilling? We will ask Governor Haley Barbour (R) of Mississippi, Senator Mary Landrieu (D)  of Louisiana, Congressman Ed Markey (D-MA) of the Energy and Commerce Committee, fmr President of Shell Oil Company and author of “Why We Hate the Oil Companies,” John Hofmeister and Katty Kay of the BBC.

Also, we’ll speak exclusively with Ken Feinberg, the man who will implement and administer the $20 billion fund BP established to compensate victims of the disaster.  How will claims be processed and how soon will victims see relief?

Preview of the 6/13 Meet the Press

After a week off, Meet the Press is back and so are we…

Meet the Press: June 13, 2010


David Axelrod
Senior White House Advisor

A multi-front agenda for President Obama: As he prepares to make his fourth visit to the region impacted by the oil spill and meet for the first time with top BP officials, questions remain as to whether the administration did enough to get the situation under control and why they weren’t doing more to prevent such a catastrophe in the first place. Plus, Tuesday’s big election night — how did it reflect on the White House and the President’s popularity? What do the results mean for Democrats’ chances in the fall midterms? And, as the economic recovery remains sluggish, what does it mean for Obama’s presidency going forward? Also, new U.N. sanctions against Iran — what impact will they really have on that nation’s nuclear program? We’ll get answers on it all from President Obama’s Senior Adviser, David Axelrod.


Carly Fiorina
Republican Senate Candidate from CA

Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz
Democratic Congresswoman from FL

Doris Kearns Goodwin
Presidential Historian

Roger Simon

Chuck Todd

How has President Obama handled the devastating oil spill in the Gulf? What’s the political outlook for Washington and the nation following Tuesday’s Midterm elections? What does the strong showing by women candidates indicate? And does the future of the Republican Party lie in the tea party or with the GOP base? All questions for our roundtable this Sunday: Two important political voices — California’s new Republican nominee for U.S. Senate, Carly Fiorina, & Democratic Congresswoman from Florida and Vice Chair of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz; plus three key journalists — Presidential Historian Doris Kearns Goodwin, Politico’s Roger Simon, and NBC News’ Chuck Todd.

Preview of the 5/30 Meet the Press

Still trying to get a few more fact-checks done for the week, so we’ll have the time spent tally done a little later. Regardless, there were a couple checks we’re really proud of this past series, including one which is probably the most clearly FALSE statement we have yet seen. Find them all here.

Hope everyone is having a wonderful holiday weekend, don’t forget that Monday is about more than BBQs and furniture sales.

Meet the Press: May 30, 2010


Carol Browner
White House Energy Adviser

The massive oil spill in the Gulf: It is now being called the worst leak in U.S. history, surpassing the Exxon Valdez disaster, and forcing the resignation of the head of the agency that oversees offshore drilling. When will workers finally get the spill under control? And what is the plan to clean up the affected areas and help the Gulf residents impacted by the leak? We’ll ask the point person for President Obama on energy and environmental policy: Carol Browner.


Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-IL)

Fmr. Rep. J.D. Hayworth (R-AZ)

The fight for immigration reform: As the Justice Department decides whether or not to challenge Arizona’s restrictive new law, the debate continues both inside and outside the beltway over what needs to be done in order to ensure comprehensive — and fair — immigration reform. Does the law in Arizona violate civil rights? What needs to be done in order to ensure safe, legal and effective immigration reform for the entire country? And will the president’s decision to send 1,200 National Guard troops to the U.S.-Mexico border have any impact? We’ll have a debate between two of the most vocal leaders on this issue: Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-IL) vs. former Congressman, currently running for the GOP nomination for U.S. Senate from Arizona, J.D. Hayworth.


David Brooks
Columnist, New York Times

E.J. Dionne
Columnist, Washington Post

Another packed agenda for the Obama administration: As a chorus of critics begins to speak out against the president’s handling of the BP oil spill, what needs to be done now in order to restore confidence in the government’s handling of that spreading disaster? What action should now be taken and what should have been done from the start? Plus, will President Obama be able to gather enough bipartisan support to resolve the immigration debate? And how will this immigration fight impact the 2010 midterm elections? Our roundtable weighs in: The Washington Post’s E.J. Dionne & The New York Time’s David Brooks.

Preview of the 5/23 Meet the Press

So this was by far the most successful week yet in the campaign. We have received more traffic to our website this week than in any other week since we started. (5,767 visitors) Even more importantly we had a tremendous amount of crowd-sourced help, resulting in 12 fact-check conclusions, which is extraordinary. There was also research done for another four, but we have been unable to reach conclusions on those – at least yet. (Our apologies to those who researched for checks we have not yet published, sometimes this is bound to happen.)

As promised we kept track of the time spent: This week it took a combined 29 hours, 15 minutes to complete the work done by us and our contributors fact-checking Meet the Press. (8 hours and 20 minutes of which was towards checks we have not yet been able to conclude on.) So according to David Gregory, the average viewer of Meet the Press has at least 29 hours of time in the week to fact-check the show on their own terms.

It has also been a great week for fact-checking overall, as a report came out indicating the Associated Press has learned that their articles that focus on fact-checking are among the most popular they publish, and there was also news that a new fact-checking operation in Minnesota (for Minnesota) called PoliGraph will be starting up soon as well. The fact-checking renaissance is obviously still going strong.

We hope our many crowd-sourcers from last week will return to help fact-check the statements made on tomorrow’s show, and be joined by some new contributors. We hope our many, many new followers will tune in again as well. We will of course post the statements we think are fact-checkable as quickly as possible following the show. Here is a preview of what’s in store:

Meet the Press: May 23, 2010
UPDATE: Here are the 5/23 checkable statements


Rep. Joe Sestak (D-PA)
Pennsylvania’s Democratic Nominee for U.S. Senate

This Sunday, a live interview with Rep. Joe Sestak who won the Democratic nomination in Pennsylvania, pushing long-time Senator Arlen Specter from office. Will he be able to keep that Senate seat in the Democratic column?

Please note: Rand Paul was going to be on the show but “canceled due to exhaustion.”


Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX)
Chair, National Republican Senatorial Committee

Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ)
Chair, Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee

The anti-incumbent wave: Anger against Washington was on display as voters took a stand in Tuesday’s primary elections. What will it mean for November’s mid-term elections? We’ll have an exclusive debate between the two men responsible for leading their parties to victory this fall: the chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) vs. his Democratic counterpart, chairman of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ).


Tom Friedman
Columnist, New York Times

Paul Gigot
Editorial Page Editor, Wall Street Journal

Andrea Mitchell
Chief Foreign Affairs Correspondent, NBC News
Host, msnbc’s “Andrea Mitchell Reports”

Bob Woodward
Associate Editor, The Washington Post

A big week in politics and a full agenda for the Obama administration. What does the resignation of National Intelligence Director Dennis Blair mean for the nation’s security and for the state of this country’s intelligence gathering community? How do Tuesday’s election results reflect on the President? And what does it all mean for the November elections?  And as the uncontained oil spill in the Gulf continues to threaten the coastline and the region’s health and welfare, how has Washington managed the response and cleanup effort and what will be the long-term ramification of this disaster? Our roundtable weighs in: The New York Times’ Tom Friedman; The Wall Street Journal’s Paul Gigot; NBC News’ Andrea Mitchell; and The Washington Post’s Bob Woodward.

Preview of 4/25 Show


Sen. Chris Dodd (D-CT)
Chairman, Banking Committee

Sen. Richard Shelby (R-AL)
Ranking Member, Banking Committee

Set up:

Financial Reform: Democrats are hoping to start debate in the Senate next week on sweeping legislation that would overhaul the nation’s financial regulatory system. Can Democrats and Republicans reach an agreement and avoid the partisan fighting that divided the health care debate? What parts of the bill are up for discussion? And what issues are non-negotiable? We’ll get answers in an exclusive debate: the Chairman and Ranking Member of the Senate Banking Committee, Sen. Chris Dodd (D-CT) & Sen. Richard Shelby (R-AL).


David Brooks
Columnist, New York Times

Erin Burnett
Anchor, CNBC’s “Street Signs”
Co-Anchor, CNBC’s “Squawk on the Street”

Michele Norris
Host, NPR’s “All Things Considered”

Evan Thomas
Editor at Large, Newsweek

Set up:

As Goldman Sachs executives prepare to testify before Congress next week, is there any proof the fraud charges filed against the firm were politically motivated? Will the administration’s plan for financial reform really prevent future bailouts and provide adequate consumer protection? What is the most likely outcome of the regulatory fight on Capitol Hill? And how will President Obama’s popularity and the current political climate in Washington impact the 2010 midterm elections?

New York Times preview:

And in crucial end-game negotiations like this, lawmakers are often quick to decline discussing any specifics, noting that they would prefer not to negotiate through the media. But in a twist, aides to Mr. Dodd and Mr. Shelby said on Friday that the only scheduled meeting between the two senators would be on the set of NBC’s “Meet the Press” on Sunday morning.

In and of itself, that may be the most revealing information to emerge about the state of talks on the financial regulation bill. While there are certainly outstanding disagreements about various provisions, none are so big or controversial that senators are huddled urgently in a conference room. Staff members of the banking committee are expected to meet through the weekend, and presumably Mr. Dodd and Mr. Shelby will say something about their progress on Sunday’s talk show. Or not.