Group think much?
I watch a lot of political television because I think journalists reveal themselves by the way they conduct themselves on these shows.
Especially striking is how similar of mind they are.
On Sundays I watch ABC’s This Week with George Stephanopoulos at 10 am. This week he had on White House Chief of Staff Jack Lew and former Senator Rick Santorum.
Then at 10:30 I usually switch to David Gregory and Meet the Press. This week he had on White House Chief of Staff Jack Lew and former Senator Rick Santorum.
At noon I often watch State of the Union with Candy Crowley on CNN. This week she had on White House Chief of Staff Jack Lew and former Senator Rick Santorum.
Some group think highlights:
Stephanonpoulos asks about a passage in Santorum’s book…
STEPHANOPOULOS: You’ve raised a lot of eyebrows with some of your comments about women, those comments the other day about women in combat, where you suggested that shouldn’t happen because of the types of emotions involved. I know you were talking about the emotions of men who are — who are alongside the women, but also in your book, “It Takes a Family,” where you seem to suggest that a lot of women feel pressure to work outside the home because of radical feminism. And what do you say to those who worry — believe that those kind of comments are going to alienate women, make you an easier candidate to beat in a general election?
David Gregory asks about a passage in Santorum’s book…
MR. GREGORY: There are other issues, social issues, the role of women in society that you’ve spoken out about and you’ve written about and, and you’ve been scrutinized for, but maybe not everybody is aware of some of the things you’ve said. You’ve been asked about women in combat, which is an issue that came up this week. You’ve also talked about, you know, your view of feminism, and it’s something that you wrote about. I want to show something that you wrote in your book “It Takes a Family.” “The radical feminists,” you wrote, “succeeded in undermining the traditional family and convincing women that professional accomplishments are the key to happiness.” Now, Senator, everything I’ve learned about feminism from my working mother, my working sister and my working wife is that it’s about respecting the choice of working or not working, not somehow the choice of working undermining the, the traditional family.
Stephanopoulos plays a video clip…
STEPHANOPOULOS: But back in 2006, you in some ways rejected the label of conservative in your own campaign ads. And we want to show part of it right here in 2006.
(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)
SANTORUM: I just love reading the newspapers. This paper, they say the real problem with Rick Santorum is he’s too liberal. They didn’t like my legislation calling for a raise in the minimum wage, and the White House probably called me a lot of things when I fought their efforts to cut Amtrak funding.
(END VIDEO CLIP)
STEPHANOPOULOS: So you look at the spending on Amtrak funding, the raising of the minimum wage, and some are also starting to point out your vote to raise Judge Sotomayor, Sonia Sotomayor, President Clinton’s pick to the circuit court. Of course, she ended up on the Supreme Court.
Candy Crowley plays a video clip…
CROWLEY: OK. And let me play you another that came from the same era, this 2006 campaign.
(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)
SANTORUM: This paper, they say “The real problem with Rick Santorum is he’s too liberal.” They didn’t like my legislation calling for a raise in the minimum wage. And the White House probably called me a lot of things, but I fought their efforts to cut Amtrak funding.
(END VIDEO CLIP)
CROWLEY: So if you should get to the White House, would you entertain raising the minimum wage? Would you continue to protect and raise funds for Amtrak?
Candy Crowley’s first question to Santorum…
CROWLEY: You know, you had a great first of the week with that sweep of three states and not such a great Saturday. I found it surprising that, in CPAC, this collection of basically your base that has fueled your campaign, a collection of conservative groups, had a straw poll and they voted for Mitt Romney, 38 percent to 31 percent. What happened?
George Stephanopoulos’s first question to Santorum….
STEPHANOPOULOS: Well, I guess it’s three steps forward, a couple back. Yesterday, Mitt Romney took the straw poll at the CPAC conservative conference in Washington. He beat out Ron Paul in the Maine Caucuses. You were back in third. Disappointed?
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