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Chicken? CNN’s Stelter Argues GOP Leaders Lack ‘Courage’ to Do Non-Fox Interviews

On the December 15 Reliable Sources, CNN’s Brian Stelter insisted “There is a lack of courage from GOP leaders right now. I’m talking about Mitch McConnell, Kevin McCarthy and others turning down almost every single TV request they receive.”

He added: “You know, McConnell went on Hannity this week to reassure to Trump, but he is not doing TV. Neither are most of the GOP leaders. There’s a fear of going anywhere but Fox. It shows a lack of courage.”

Stelter has admitted you won’t see Nancy Pelosi or Chuck Schumer doing Fox… and Schumer does about as much TV as Harry Reid did — next to nothing these days, which was not Schumer’s pattern on the way up to leadership.

But Republicans have a lot more networks to be concerned about, and Sunday hosts like Chuck Todd actually yell at Republican guests. Even so, Republicans can be found almost every Sunday on these programs. Take a look at the Republican guests since September 1 on the top Sunday shows.

ABC’s This Week with George Stephanopoulos 

9/1 DHS Secretary Kevin McAleenan, Sen. Pat Toomey

9/8 Secretary of State Mike Pompeo

9/15 Sen. Ted Cruz

9/22 Mike Pompeo, former Defense Secretary Jim Mattis

9/29 Rudy Giuliani

10/6 Rep. Jim Jordan

10/13 Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, Rep. Lee Zeldin

10/20 Mike Pompeo

10/27 Defense Secretary Mark Esper

11/3 Rep. Steve Scalise

11/10 Rep. Mac Thornberry, new chairman of Joint Chiefs Mark Milley

11/17 Rep. Chris Stewart

12/1 Rep. Tom McClintock

12/8 Rep. Matt Gaetz

12/15 Ted Cruz


CNN’s State of the Union 

9/1 Sen. Rick Scott, acting FEMA administrator Peter Gaynor

9/8 Secretary of State Mike Pompeo

9/15 Sen. Rand Paul

9/22 Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin

9/29 Rep. Jim Jordan

10/6 former Reps. Joe Walsh, Mark Sanford

10/13 Sen. Kevin Cramer

10/27 Defense Secretary Mark Esper, Rep. Mac Thornberry (10 am hour due to breaking news of ISIS leader death)

11/3 Kellyanne Conway

11/10 Sen. Ron Johnson

11/17 Rep. Michael Turner

11/24 Rep. Lee Zeldin

12/8 Rep. Mark Meadows

12/15 Sen. Rand Paul, Rep. Will Hurd 

CBS Face the Nation 
9/1 DHS Secretary Kevin McAleenan 
9/8 Mike Pompeo, former Defense Secretary Jim Mattis
9/15 Ken Cuccinelli
9/22 Mike Pompeo
9/29 Sen. Lindsey Graham, Rudy Giuliani, Rep. Will Hurd
10/6 Sen. Roy Blunt
10/13 Defense Secretary Mark Esper, Sen. Ted Cruz, Rep. Adam Kinzinger
10/20 Rep. Will Hurd
10/27 Vice President Mike Pence, ex-Rep. Trey Gowdy
11/3 Rep. Kevin McCarthy
11/10 National Security Adviser Robert O’Brien, Sen. John Kennedy
11/17 Rep. Jim Jordan
11/24 Kellyanne Conway, Rep. Kelly Armstrong
12/8 Robert O’Brien, Rep. Mark Meadows

12/15 Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, Sen. Lindsey Graham

NBC Meet the Press
9/1 Sen. Rick Scott
9/8 Mike Pompeo, Sen. Roy Blunt
9/15 Rep. Liz Cheney
9/22 Sen. Pat Toomey
9/29 Rep. Steve Scalise
10/6 Sen. Ron Johnson 
10/13 Sen. Rand Paul
10/27 National Security Adviser Robert O’Brien
11/3 Rep. Tom Cole
11/10 Sen. Rand Paul
11/17 Sen. Ron Johnson
11/24 Sen. Roger Wicker
12/1 Sen. John Kennedy
12/8 Sen. Ted Cruz
12/15 Sen. Pat Toomey