Emanuel Cleaver on Meet the Press: “I think we’re dangerously cutting…” CBC Chair Cleaver said on Meet the Press this morning. Meet the Press host David Gregory read part of the statement CBC Chair Cleaver put out earlier this month regarding President Obama’s budget. “Rebuilding our economy on the backs of the most vulnerable Americans is something that I simply can not accept….” Gregory read out loud. Regarding the President, Cleaver reiterated that, “disagreement does not equal disassociation or disaffection… We’ve got to disagree with the President when we think he’s moving in a direction that’s disturbing…”
Increase of blacks on Sunday talks. And the way it use to be… To put CBC Chair Cleaver’s second appearance on Meet the Press in only two months in perspective, read this piece from Washington Post writer Daryl Fears from July 31, 2005 read the piece click here. In 2005, the Urban League did a study on guest appearances by blacks on Sunday morning talk shows. Over an 18 month period blacks appeared 176 times out of 2,100 appearances — but 122 of those appearances were made by only 3 people (Condi Rice, Colin Powell and Juan Williams). The study analyzed NBC’s “Meet the Press,” ABC’s “This Week,” CBS’s “Face the Nation,” Fox television’s “Fox News Sunday” and CNN’s “Late Edition.” Washington Post, July 31, 2005: “Then-CBC executive director of the Congressional Black Caucus, said his organization joined the Hispanic and Asian caucuses in pleading with the networks to include more minority members of Congress in Sunday discussions. The study showed that only three black House members — Reps. Charles B. Rangel (D-N.Y.), Jesse L. Jackson Jr. (D-Ill.) and Harold E. Ford Jr. (D-Tenn.) — and Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) have appeared as guests.
This morning, Rep. Cleaver also spoke on Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker’s efforts to crush union’s in his state.