Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Durbin, Dodd, Kucinich, Sweeney, Gibbs, Jackson and Schaitberger on Cable and Soon Streaming

Excerpts from This Week’s suburban edition of Public Affairs and relevant prior shows:
Jeff Berkowitz: You said you saw military progress in al-Anbar Province. What kind of political progress would be sufficient for you to [have the U.S.] stay longer in Iraq than the eight months you contemplate?

Senator Dick Durbin(D-IL): …The only thing that will bring an end to the War in Iraq is when the people of Iraq thru their elected leaders come together…[See here ]to read more of this transcript.
For some compare and contrast, included, below, are excerpts of statements from two of Senator Durbin’s potential Republican opponents in next fall’s general election, as they stated their positions on previous “Public Affairs,” shows :
Jeff Berkowitz: … So, even though there is progress in al-Anbar Province, and perhaps elsewhere, what gives you the confidence to see that this is going to turn around and those car bombings will eventually stop.

Dr. Steve Sauerberg [U.S. Senate Primary candidate; R-Willowbrook]: Well, I think you have seen progress. When two fairly liberal people from the Brookings Institution go to Iraq and they come back and say there is progress, then there is progress…[See here] to read and watch more.
Jim Nalepa [Potential Republican Primary U. S. Senate Candidate]: …They remember very, very well what [Senator] Durbin said about our men and women in uniform in relation to the Abu Ghraib incident and Gitmo.

Jeff Berkowitz: What was it, do you remember it well, too? [See here] to read and watch more.
Cong. Kucinich [D-Ohio]: I mean, when you vote 90% of the time for a war, you can’t really say that you oppose the war. I mean this is Chicago, we’re in Chicago. I want you to go to a Chicago ward club and see if this passes the straight-faced test: you tell someone, “I am against the War,” and you vote for it, vote for funding it 90% of the time.” You would get laughed out of a Ward club with that proposition.

Jeff Berkowitz: So, you are saying that Obama, Edwards and Clinton can’t say they truly oppose the Iraq War. Is that your point? [See here] to read more
Jeff Berkowitz: Would you repeal all the Bush tax cuts?

Senator Chris Dodd [D-CT]: Yeah, I think I would—the ones that I know about anyway[But see later part of this transcript] and certainly do a different job on the estate tax than he is doing.

Jeff Berkowitz: Would that be a tax increase for those with incomes over— [See here ]to read more
This week’s Chicago metro suburban edition of Public Affairs features an initial statement from Senator Dick Durbin [D-IL] and follow-up Q&A with the Senator, as well as Q&A with Presidential candidates Senator Dodd [D-CT] and Cong. Kucinich [D-OH], Rev. and former Presidential candidate Jesse Jackson, AFL-CIO President John Sweeney, Obama for America Communications Director Robert Gibbs and Int’l Ass’n of Fire Fighters President Harold Schaitberger [whose union, coincidentally, endorsed Senator Dodd for President, today] and a cameo appearance walk by Elizabeth Harper Kucinich to add a little sizzle to the last portion of the Q&A with her husband.

Virtually all of the questioning on the show is from Jeff Berkowitz, Host and Producer of “Public Affairs,” but Mary Frances Bragiel [WBBM 780 AM Radio, first question asked] and an unidentfied reporter have cameo appearances in the Q&A with Senator Durbin.

See below for the Public Affairs suburban airing schedule.

The segment with Senator Durbin was filmed at a press conference held by the Senator on August 11, 2007 in front of the Vietnam War Memorial in the Chicago Loop. The press conference, which dealt in large part with the Iraq War, but also with other foreign policy issues, airs in its entirety. The other interviews were all held in the Spin Room at Soldier Field in Chicago, IL after the AFL-CIO Democratic Presidential Debate on August 7, 2007. Public Affairs thanks the Democratic Party and the AFL-CIO for providing candidates and spinners, alike, for interviews.

August is a slow month for domestic and foreign policy. That’s why all of the above referenced Q&As are just as relevant today as the day they occurred and will probably still be relevant, in the case of the Durbin segment, until the White House and General Petraeus issue their respective reports in mid-September about the status of military and political progress in Iraq. The "dog days," nature of August is one reason why you never roll out a new product in August, unless you are a candidate in the 14th CD and you want to get going. Indeed, the non-Iraq War Q&A probably has a shelf life of about six months, demonstrating once again the “Classic,” and enduring nature of the questioning, if not answers, on Public Affairs.
The show with Senator Durbin, et al also airs through-out the City of Chicago this coming Monday night [September 3] at 8:30 pm on Cable Ch. 21 [CANTV] and on Thursday, Sep. 6, 2007 at 7:30 pm on Aurora Community Television, on Comcast Cable Ch. 10 in Aurora and some surrounding areas. The Aurora station reaches all of Aurora, Bristol, Big Rock and parts of Oswego, Sandwich, Sugar Grove and Montgomery. The change to Thursday night instead of Monday night next week in Aurora and surrounding areas, for the airing of "Public Affairs," is due to special programming requirements on Labor Day.
BTW, Jotham Stein, candidate in the 14th CD Democratic Primary, airs this Thursday night (Aug. 30), in a special airing of Public Affairs, at 9:30 pm on Aurora Community Television, on Comcast Cable Ch. 10 in Aurora and some surrounding areas.
You may also soon watch the show with Senators Durbin and Dodd, Cong. Kucinich, et al streaming on your computer at PublicAffairsTV.com. In addition to the soon to be posted Durbin, et al show , recently posted shows on the podcast page feature Democratic Presidential Candidates Senator Barack Obama and Governor Richardson; possible Republican opponents to Senator Durbin next fall: Dr. Steve Sauerberg and Jim Nalepa; and 14 TH Cong. Dist. Democratic Primary Candidates Jotham Stein and John Laesch. Additional previously posted shows feature Presidential candidates Giuliani, McCain and Cox, and many other pols and opinion makers.
The airing schedule for the suburban edition of "Public Affairs," is included directly, below.
In twenty-five North Shore, North and Northwest suburbs, the "Public Affairs," show airs every Tuesday night in the regular weekly Public Affairs slot, 8:30 pm on Comcast Cable Ch. 19 or 35, as indicated, below.

In ten North Shore suburbs, the Public Affairs show airs three times each week in its regular slots at 8:30 pm on Comcast Cable Ch. 19, Monday, Wednesday and Friday, as indicated, below. ********************************************************
The suburban episode of Public Affairs with guests U. S. Senator Dick Durbin, et al airs:

tonight at 8:30 pm on Comcast Cable Channel 19 in Buffalo Grove, Elk Grove Village, Hoffman Estates, parts of Inverness, Lincolnwood, Morton Grove, Niles, Northfield, Palatine, Rolling Meadows and Wilmette

And tonight at 8:30 pm on Comcast Cable Channel 35 in Arlington Heights, Bartlett, Glenview, Golf, Des Plaines, Hanover Park, Mt. Prospect, Northbrook, Park Ridge, Prospect Heights, Schaumburg, Skokie, Streamwood and Wheeling.

and this week on Monday, Wednesday and Friday night at 8:30 pm, airing on Comcast Cable Channel 19 in Bannockburn, Deerfield, Ft. Sheridan, Glencoe, Highland Park, Highwood, Kenilworth, Lincolnshire, Riverwoods and Winnetka.
Jeff Berkowitz, Show Host/Producer of "Public Affairs," and Executive Legal Recruiter doing legal search can be reached at JBCG@aol.com. You may watch "Public Affairs," shows with Presidential Candidates Richardson, Obama, McCain, Giuliani and Cox and many other pols at www.PublicAffairsTv.com