It’s a new, emphatic and straightforward presence in the chatty Sunday talk show realm: The investigators have arrived. “Full Measure with Sharyl Attkisson” debuted Sunday, with programming that is handsomely produced and bolstered with ambitious content - including an exclusive immigration poll and original video footage and interviews. The show intends to focus on investigative journalism and authentic accountability rather than sound bites and talking points, its creators say.
The first show showcased an interview with Republican front-runner Donald Trump - inquiring about his potential running mate plus his thoughts on socialism and the luxury life. Also featured: an indepth, substantial inquiry into the complexities of immigration and the burden it can pose on both local taxpayers and culture. Producers went all the way to Lewiston, Maine to profile the town’s population of Somali refugees - who now use 40 percent of the town’s welfare funds.
Ms. Attkisson also went over federal spending - plus the notorious “silly season” in the nation’s capital when agencies go on a spending spree. As a moderator and host, she is believable, fact-driven and refreshingly even-tempered.
There is a distinct modus operandi driving the programming.
“This is serious journalism dedicated to serious topics that impact us all,” notes Scott Livingston, vice president of news for Sinclair Television Group. He adds that the show is proof of management’s “dedication to the reporting” — a rare commodity in the current chaotic media marketplace.
‘In today’s world of media and journalism where reporting is often superficial, we pledge to dig deeper, to bring the context and perspective to the stories that matter, to bring to our audience the full measure,” says executive producer Batt Humphreys.
The show airs Sunday morning; for specific times, consult FullMeasure.news. The program will also be streamed online at the site at 9:30 a.m. ET.
TRUMP’S TAKE ON RUSSIA
Yes, a billionaire would consider the financial toll of a bombing campaign — and the hidden benefits therein. Republican front-runner Donald Trump displays a certain amount of glee when it comes to Russia’s military action in Syria.
“I love the fact that Russia is spending a lot of their money, a lot of their manpower and we’re not necessarily going to have to spend this much,” Mr. Trump says. “I think that’s OK. Russia got bogged down in Afghanistan. It ruined the Soviet Union because, I don’t know if you know, but the Soviet Union was basically destroyed. It went virtually bankrupt because of what happened. They got bogged down in Afghanistan. They’ll probably get bogged down over here, too.”
He shared his prediction with the Fox Business Network.
WEEKEND CANDIDATE TRACKER
Things are bustling in little New Hampshire in the next 48 hours: The cast of GOP presidential hopefuls in the state includes Sen. Ted Cruz, Govs. Chris Christie and John Kasich, Carly Fiorina and Rick Santorum. Mr. Cruz has the most interesting itinerary: He’ll appear at a World War II combat museum in Wolfeboro and a private “smoke a cigar with Senator Ted Cruz” party in Salem. The sole Democrat is Martin O’Malley, who headlines a Democratic “autumn dinner” in Rochester.
Iowa also calls: Republicans in the Hawkeye State include Gov. Bobby Jindal, Sen. Marco Rubio and Ben Carson. They have the place to themselves; there are no Democrats in Iowa at the moment.
And South Carolina? The busy Ms. Fiorina appears with Sen. Tim Scott at a town hall in Aiken, then it’s on to a Young Republicans event aboard the USS Yorktown — always a grand photo-op. Jeb Bush will make a single appearance at a conservative conference in Greenville. No Democrats in the state, however.
And elsewhere: Donald Trump will be in Tennessee for a jumbo rally in Franklin, while Democratic Sen. Bernard Sanders whoops it up with the locals at two big rallies in Massachusetts. Hillary Rodham Clinton will host a grass-roots “mobilization” rally in Fort Lauderdale before racing to New York City to appear on the season premier of “Saturday Night Live” in an effort, The New York Times says, “to show her funny, personable side.”
The EVER-VIGILANT JOHN BOLTON
“In the wake of today’s global security crisis, we need strong and well-informed candidates who understand the reality of the world we live in, and who will stand to fight ISIL and other threats to our country,” declares former U.N. Ambassador John R. Bolton, who is willing to add some money behind his words.
Through the John Bolton PAC, he has donated $5,000 to three Republican primary candidates, along with lending his endorsements to Sens. John McCain and Mark Kirk and Rep. Joe Heck, who will, Mr. Bolton says, “ensure foreign policy is a priority in Congress.”
MISS MITT YET?
“People stop us on the street. Everyone is saying, ‘Come, get in, jump in.’ We hear it, we get a lot of phone calls, people are calling all the time, our past donors saying, ‘It’s time to think about it again.’ We are assessing. It’s not like we are making a different decision. We are on the sidelines. We made a decision in January not to jump in. Like everyone, we are mystified by this race — and entertained at the same time.”
— Ann Romney on the prospects of Mitt Romney running for the White House again, to Fox News host Brian Kilmeade.
NOW THERE’S A THOUGHT
“If you think about our comparative advantages relative to other countries, I think we have aces. We don’t always realize it. President Obama plays it like we have deuces. But we have aces.”
— Sen. Dan Sullivan, Alaska Republican, to the Ripon Society.
WEEKEND REAL ESTATE
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POLL DU JOUR
• 91 percent of Americans give Congress a negative job review; 94 percent of Republicans, 94 percent of independents and 87 percent of Democrats agree.
• 68 percent overall say the nation is on the wrong track; 88 percent of Republicans, 75 percent of independents and 45 percent of Democrats agree.
• 59 percent give President Obama a negative job review; 92 percent of Republicans, 65 percent of independents and 27 percent of Democrats agree.
• 43 percent overall expect the U.S. economy to “stay the same” in the next year; 42 percent of Republicans, 47 percent of independents and 43 percent of Democrats agree.
• 30 percent overall expect the economy to “get worse;” 46 percent of Republicans, 33 percent of independents and 14 percent of Democrats agree.
• 26 percent overall expect the economy to improve; 12 percent of Republicans, 20 percent of independents and 43 percent of Democrats agree.
Source: A Harris Poll of 2,368 U.S. adults conducted Sept. 9-17 and released Thursday.
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