Last week, in its first broadcast since Democrats took control of Congress and Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld resigned, NBC’s Meet the Press exclusively featured non-Democratic Iraq war supporters, Sens. Joe Lieberman (I-CT) and John McCain (R-AZ).
Following the interviews, host Tim Russert noted, “And our viewers should know we extended invitations to the new Democratic leaders in the House and Senate, incoming Speaker Nancy Pelosi [D-CA], Majority Leader Harry Reid [D-NV]. Both declined our invitation, but we hope they’ll be here on a future Sunday.” But as Media Matters pointed out:
There were, however, literally hundreds of other Democratic officials and candidates who had just taken part in a historic election, as well as several other Democratic leaders, who did not run as independents and did not appear on other Sunday-morning shows. And, yet, Meet the Press apparently stopped asking after being turned down by its top two choices.
This week, Meet the Press appears to have heeded the criticism they received. They announced yesterday that their guests this Sunday will be two Democratic Iraq war critics, Sens.-elect Jon Tester (D-MT) and Jim Webb (D-VA).