Tuesday, July 25, 2006

# Posted 7:03 PM by Ariel David Adesnik  

SUNDAY MORNING ROUND-UP: Yes, a day later than usual. And this edition will be abbreviated, since Tiger Woods pre-empted George Stephanopoulos on ABC.

Over on NBC, Tim Russert spoke with White House Chief of Staff Josh Bolten and WaPo reporter Thomas Ricks. On CBS, Bob Schieffer interviewed the Syrian and Israeli ambassadors to Washington.
Bolten: B. On the defensive throughout, but made no clear mistakes. It must be rough for a number cruncher to suddenly find himself responsible for defending the administration's policy on Iraq and stem cells.

Thomas Ricks: No grade. Russert served up softball after softball. Perhaps bloggers would be less critical of journalists if they demonstrated an interest in challenging their comrades-in-arms.

Hon. Imad Moustapha: B+. It really is hard to shill for a reactionary dictatorship. Most of those who do it sound like fools. Wisely, Moustapha focused on presenting the standard leftist case against Israel.

Hon. Daniel Ayalon: B+. It may be easier to defend a democracy than a dictatorship, but Ayalon did a very competent job.
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