Introducing “Weekend Watchdogs”

Do you ever find yourself watching the Sunday morning talk shows, tearing your hair out because the host isn’t asking the most pertinent questions?

Let’s see what we can do about that.

Every Friday in our Weekend Watchdog feature, Common Sense will post suggested questions for scheduled Sunday guests. You can add your own questions in the comment thread. We’ll also include contact information for the shows, so we can let them know what their viewers want asked.

Then on Monday, we’ll circle back and see if our questions were asked, and if they were answered. Let’s take back our media!

For Sen. Orrin Hatch (NBC’s Meet The Press): You said on CNN Friday that “there was absolutely no evidence at all that the Justice Department was trying to interfere with ongoing intervention in their cases … Just conjecture on the part of Democrats.”

But don’t the allegations of interference come directly from the purged prosecutors such as David Iglesias and John McKay, as well as former tobacco case prosecutor Sharon Eubanks?

For Sen. Pat Leahy (NBC’s Meet The Press): You now have the authority from the Senate Judiciary Committee to issue subpoenas for White House officials including Karl Rove.

If the White House is still refusing to voluntarily testify under oath about the Prosecutor Purge, why are you waiting to issue any subpoenas?

For White House spokesperson Dan Bartlett (ABC’s This Week, CBS’ Face The Nation): The President says he’ll veto either version of the Iraq-Afghanistan supplemental funding bill, because it includes non-germane spending, fails to “fund our troops on the front lines,” and makes “political statements.”

But the last two supplemental funding bills signed by President Bush also included non-germane spending. The bills passed by the House and Senate do fund troops currently on the front lines.

Why can’t the White House acknowledge that the dispute is not about that, or mere “political statements,” but about a public policy matter whether combat troops should remain in Iraq beyond next year?


Please add your own questions in the comments, and here’s how you can contact the main Sunday shows.

Click here for NBC’s Meet The Press

Click here for ABC’s This Week

Email CBS’ Face The Nation at

Remember: always be brief, polite and respectful when contacting the media, so our voices will be taken seriously.


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