We’re cutting to the chase. No flowery intro needed to delve into a topic we know you’ve awaiting all week long: the number of mushroom heads that will appear on this weekend’s political talk shows. As usual, MSNBC’s Chris Matthews wins the consistency award for having two females on his panel.
CBS’s “Face the Nation”: 0
The interview will be with GOP presidential front runner Herman Cain.
(Fittingly for this roundup, Slate and CBS’s John Dickerson will provide analysis.)
ABC’s “This Week”: 1
Former Maj. Leader Dick Armey (R-Texas), George Will, WaPo and ABC News, Cokie Roberts, ABC News, Austan Goolsbee, former Chairman, Obama Council of Economic Advisers.
NBC’s “The Chris Matthews Show”: 2
Bob Woodward, WaPo
Andrea Mitchell, NBC News
John Heilemann, New York Magazine
Katty Kay, BBC
FNC’s “Fox News Sunday”: 2 Proudly blacklisted by Fox News PR since June 2010. We’ll bring this to you as soon as hell freezes over or sooner as the case may be. In any case, they usually permit one female on their panel, typically NPR’s Mara Liasson. UPDATE: Indeed, Liasson is on the panel, as is former White House Press Sec. Dana Perino, Brit Hume and Juan Williams. (h/t Mike Allen’s Politico Playbook)
CNN’s “Reliable Sources”: 2
Jennifer Rubin, columnist, WaPo, Roger Simon, chief political columnist, Politico, John Aravosis, liberal political blogger, AMERICAblog.com, Glynnis MacNichol, editor of Business Insider’s media page “The Wire”, Paul Farhi, media reporter for WaPo, Jeff Jarvis, author, “Public Parts”; founder, BuzzMachine.com
WETA’s “Washington Week” with Gwen Ifill and National Journal: 3
Jackie Calmes, NYT
Janet Hook, WSJ
John Dickerson, Slate, CBS News and John Harwood, CNBC and NYT