- The Washington Times - Sunday, March 27, 2011

ALMOST PRIME TIME

Oh, those excruciating details. Media watchers note that President Obama’s big speech on Libya begins at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, not 8 p.m., the normal start of prime time. The news channels and C-SPAN will be there, and likely, White House-friendly broadcast networks. In theory, Mr. Obama’s earlier start could appease the “Big Three,” which typically air local or syndicated shows in that slot. Such fare is easier to bump than, say, ABC’s “Dancing With the Stars” or CBS’ “How I Met Your Mother”.

Things could get sticky at NBC, though. Even if Mr. Obama appears in the more comfortable 7:30 spot, the network has scheduled a major Bush-centric special to follow. Hosted by the Points of Light Foundation, the splashy one-hour “All Together Now — A Celebration of Service” honors former President George H.W. Bush and is scheduled to air at 8 p.m. The mighty big production was recorded live at the Kennedy Center a week ago.

But a feud continues: Two White House heavyweights laid the groundwork for Mr. Obama’s speech on every Sunday talk show, save one.

“Of course we wanted to get the White House view on Libya,” said a stern Fox News anchor Chris Wallace, at the close of his “Fox News Sunday” program.

“However, they chose to offer Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Defense Secretary Robert Gates to ABC, CBS and NBC, but not to Fox,” Mr. Wallace told viewers. “Despite the fact that we routinely have more viewers than two of those Sunday shows, the Obama team felt no need to explain to the millions of you who watch this program and Fox News why they have sent U.S. servicemen and women into combat. We thought you’d like to know.”

WHAT’S BREWING

Two years after it emerged as a political phenomenon, the ever-nimble tea party is ready to rumble, and continues to draw congressional support. Republican Reps. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota, Mike Pence of Indiana. Jim Jordan of Ohio, Louie Gohmert of Texas and Steve King of Iowa join the Tea Party Patriots at high noon Thursday for a spirited “Continuing Revolution Rally” near the U.S. Capitol.

“As the leadership dithers on budget, tea party activists take to the streets. Members of Congress have abandoned their service to the people by passing continuing resolutions instead of cutting the $100 billion they pledged,” says Mark Meckler, co-founder of the Georgia-based group, which claims 15 million supporters.

“Is it lack or leadership? Is it a lack of courage?” Mr. Meckler demands. “A real budget will spark a national debate on the role of government, and that’s what the American people want.”

NOT HAPPY EITHER

“I think President Obama is in big trouble. I don’t think he is in ‘impeachable’ trouble, but who knows? The last time a president was impeached it was a Democrat, Bill Clinton, during a Republican House majority. Obama has great support from Democratic senators like Carl Levin of Michigan and John Kerry of Massachusetts, and I doubt Obama would be convicted in the Senate — but he is in trouble.”

(Former “peace mom” activist Cindy Sheehan, now an online radio host at www.cindysheehanssoapbox.com)

WWRD?

Yes, it stands for “What would Reagan do?” And it’s a popular phrase among those who ponder how Ronald Reagan would face modern challenges, based on the former president’s world view and historic legacy. Now comes “What Would Reagan Do?” — the series — anchored by his son Michael Reagan. Each four-minute segment recounts Reagan’s decisions on tricky problems, compared with President Obama’s contemporary methods. The first segment, taped at the Reagan Ranch in Santa Barbara, Calif., addresses Libya.

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