April 27th, 2009
08:40 AM ET
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King: Crisis and controversy dominate Sunday talk

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Editor's note: John King, CNN's chief national correspondent and "State of the Union" host, examines the news made in Sunday talk and offers up this Monday morning crib sheet on what to watch this week in politics. If you'd like to receive a sneak peek of this story in your inbox every Sunday, you can sign up for the "Political Ticker newsletter" at http://www.cnn.com/profile/.

(CNN) - Our executive producer said it all, "All those people who told me that news never happens on Sunday mornings are out of their minds." Yes, there was plenty of criticism and controversy on the Sunday talk shows - and a fair amount of news was made - but the most important story broke after the usual pundits and politicians had had their say.

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  1. mark

    Obama's left wing marxism will just bring the country down.

    April 27, 2009 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  2. jaye

    I stopped watching John King when he let Cheney ramble on and on – giving him free reign to say anything he wanted without being challenged.
    Cheney is evil ... he only came out of his cave to try and convince us that Obama is dangerous and that torture is okay.

    April 27, 2009 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  3. Mari( maybe one of my comments will be posted)

    Dear Mr. King,

    Once we enjoyed your reporting, but in the last election it became clear to us (my husband & I) that you were on the "other side" which is fine. However, we also have a choice and we chose not to watch any show that is biased.

    We, support our president. And it is clear you do not. We watch Meet the Press, or read our NY Times, before church on Sunday.



    April 27, 2009 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  4. Samuel

    Hey, Mark, if Bush' dictatorship didn't completely destroy everything America once stood for - and Bush tried hard to destroy us from within - then why are you worried about President Obama who is trying very hard to undo the damage Bush did, keep our economy going, keep a Depression from gaining a strong foothold and deal with the international hatred that Bush garnered?

    There's no such think as 'democracy' in America. We're a constitutional republic - or were until Bush basically swept the Constitution aside, the Supreme Court let him and Congress didn't have the cajones to impeach him. There's no true marxism, no true socialism, no true communism, no true capitalism. Those are buzz words the politicians use to instill hatred in the uninformed. Not government is a pure example of the definition the politicians use. Saying that Obama is a 'left-wing marxist' is just buzz words that don't reflect reality in any way, shape or form.

    This country has survived a revolutionary war, two world wars, a civil war, a Great Depression, natural disasters, man-made disasters and the Bush administration. We will be strong again one day, no thanks to Bush, but it's going to take years for the US to become the 'ideal' that we once held ourselves to. Obama is trying very hard to get us back on that track.

    April 27, 2009 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  5. no need to know

    I would like for Mr John "report card" King to make sure he will be ready to boast on the positives as loudly as he is sounding off about what is going as well as America wants, although he should remember Obama inherited the failure of a country. Obama will be known as the "Greatest President" ever because no one but Obama would have done the things he is doing when it comes to this country and the world; which by the way let the failed grade and report card for the past administration be kept in clear view and mind.

    April 27, 2009 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  6. Easy Like a Sunday Morning

    Is it just me or do others of you think that John King & CNN are trying "too hard" to be the next "MEET THE PRESS".

    This story and it's headline reflect manufactured news by John King, not real events. The story is the making of a story, not the news itself.

    Finally, this accronym .... SOTU ... that they are trying to promulgate is over the top.

    Don't know what the solution is but this is not working.

    April 27, 2009 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  7. Tony

    Your show need to be name "Help , Help save the repubican party" or maybe "Tell me it not so...He is actually a Great President"
    But it is clearly NOT the state of the union !!!!!!!

    April 27, 2009 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  8. Fair is Fair

    Talk about a win-win situation for Obama.

    If his policies don't work, he can continue to blame the Bush administration.

    If his policies get us out of the recession, he can claim victory and be out of office before the effects of his policies take their toll.


    April 27, 2009 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  9. Obama Victim

    John King is a refreshing change from all the left wing lap dogs fawning over Obummer................balanced, unbiased reporting.............how refreshing

    April 27, 2009 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  10. pam Eugene OR

    I gave up on King. He let Cheney go on and on unchallenged with lies and hate. John King used to be a decent reporter but no more. I tune him out, as do most fair minded people.

    April 27, 2009 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  11. Ken in NC

    @ Easy Like a Sunday Morning.......

    John King cannot become the Moderator for MEET THE PRESS. He slants his reporting to much to the Republican side. The Moderator for FTN must be completly netural politically speaking and John King is not. My personal opinion is that he is bolstering his resume to prepare him for the jump to FOX News. He is a good reporter except that he cannot allow himself to be impartial in his reporting.

    April 27, 2009 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  12. Jackie in Dallas

    You know, I'm getting a bit fed up with the stupid nicknames the right-wingers have for the President. I disliked President Bush a lot, but still called him President Bush, because whether or not I like the person filling the office, I still respect the office. All it is, is childish name-calling.

    Now, to the topic at hand. I tried, actually tried to listen to King's show, but it made me so mad with it's idiotic and very obvious GOP twist, I gave up. I'd rather listen to Fox News for a mandatory 15 minutes if I want twisted, partisan crap.

    April 27, 2009 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  13. Canadian

    "It isn't easy living next to the elephant", George W. Bush said to Canadians when he was here. That's probably the only intelligent thing he said in his presidency. Don't blame that on us.

    The 9/11 Commission reported that no 9/11 terrorists entered through Canada. Tell that to Napolitano and to John McCain. It's hard enough to convince Americans of that when their leadership spews nonsense. The terrorists landed in US airports with US papers, why would they have to come through Canada anyway? That was 2000/2001, remember? You gave them flying lessons.

    And please don't tell us how the US has protected us all these years. From who? All we have to worry about is collateral damage and now we have to protect your border for you as well as our own.

    Obama's the best thing you've had in awhile. His modus operandi isn't fear mongering. I realize that's a new experience for you.

    April 27, 2009 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  14. Ellen Scott

    I watch a lot of CNN, but have never, and will never, watch John King. He goes for the headline, and seems to gear his guest list to making the headline rather than contributing to intelligent dialogue that could actually add something positive to the public debate. Mr. King seems better-suited for Fox network...

    April 27, 2009 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  15. Ken

    King is about as "independent" as Dobbs!

    April 27, 2009 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  16. tony ny

    john king doode you let me down i will not look any of you and lou dobbs show ever again long live RACHEL, KEITH AND CHRIS FROM MSNBC.

    April 27, 2009 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |