Jessica Clark: Eye on Russert

[Ed. note: This post originally appeared on the ITT List and is a follow-up to a previous post and article about right-leaning Sunday political television.]

Tired of turning on the TV and not seeing your views represented? Sick of watching Republican squawkers browbeating journalists and moderates? Then tune in to one of the several excellent projects monitoring Meet the Press for ammo, and then let the MSM know that your views are really in the mainstream:
  • Start out with the recent report from Media Matters for America, If It's Sunday, It's Conservative, which tracks the marked increase in right-wing commentators on the influential Sunday shows over the past several years.
  • Then flip the channel to the Huffington Post's Russert Watch for a week-by-week dissection of the show. This week, she notes, "it was Meet the Republicans, as Russert's well-rounded lineup included Republican Senator John Warner, Republican Congressman Peter King and Republican Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. Perhaps the phone lines are down on the other side of the political divide."
  • Feeling epistolary? Consult Peter Daou's Open Letter to Tim Russert, precipitated by a seemingly racist exchange between Russert and Barack Obama, for more inspiration.
  • OK--primed for action? Now join MoveOn Media Action's Monday Project to talk back to Russert and other Sunday show hosts about what you've seen.

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