Must-Not-See TV

You may have heard about a new report last week from Fairness & Accuracy in Reporting about the domination of the big Sunday TV talk shows by Republican men. It didn’t get much better yesterday as the big topic of discussion, believe it or not, was the mini-scandal involving the Secret Service and Colombian hookers:

Fallout from the Secret Service prostitution scandal dominated the Sunday morning talk shows, with members of both parties defending Secret Service Director Mark Sullivan but warning that problems at the agency must be ferreted out to restore trust in the group.

Six Secret Service agents have resigned or retired after it was exposed some members of President Obama’s advance detail hired prostitutes during an ahead of a presidential visit to the country. Eleven agents and nine members of the U.S. military have been implicated in the scandal. Both the House and Senate have opened investigations into the matter.

“I would expect within a very near future to have several other Secret Service agents leaving the agency of those 11,” Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.) said on NBC’s “Meet the Press.”

Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), the chairman of the House Oversight Committee, said his concern was fixing the Secret Service culture.

“Obviously nobody believes that something with 11 or 12 people involved couldn’t have happened before,” Issa said. “The real point is will we have confidence that it will never happen again, particularly for nationals having access to our men and women in the Secret Service.”

Oh, brother. The spectacle of Peter King and Darrell Issa nattering about this nothing-burger of a story undoubtedly has a place on television. It’s on CSPAN, in the wee hours, perhaps in August.

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Ed Kilgore

Ed Kilgore is a political columnist for New York and managing editor at the Democratic Strategist website. He was a contributing writer at the Washington Monthly from January 2012 until November 2015, and was the principal contributor to the Political Animal blog.