The Cato Institute is arguing that the Washington press corps, dominated by the major networks, is “working together” with politicians to try to push the U.S. to get involved in the Syrian conflict.
Christopher A. Preble, a foreign policy expert at the libertarian-leaning think tank, said that despite the public’s overwhelming opposition to strikes, this weekend’s Sunday political talk shows were dominated by panelists or hosts who want action.
His list: “In favor of military action, 9 (David Axelrod, Donna Brazile, Jane Harman, Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL), Bill Kristol, Danielle Pletka, Karl Rove, Dan Senor, Juan Williams); lean yes, 9 (Candy Crowley, Stephanie Cutter, David Frum, Ana Navarro, Bob Schieffer, George Stephanopoulos, Greta Van Susteren, Chuck Todd); opposed, 2 (Newt Gingrich, Katrina vanden Heuval); lean no, 1 (Van Jones). No clear opinion, 6 (David Gregory, Brit Hume, Howard Kurtz, David Sanger, Chris Wallace, Bob Woodward).”
“If Congress ultimately votes to grant President Obama approval to attack Syria, it will be obvious who the members are listening to: their cocktail party and green room friends, not their constituents back home,” Mr. Preble said.