The "full Ginsburg" is a buzzword that refers to an appearance by one person on all five American major Sunday morning talk shows on the same day: This Week on ABC, Fox News Sunday, Face the Nation on CBS, Meet the Press on NBC, and Late Edition on CNN. State of the Union replaced Late Edition on CNN in January 2009.
The term is named for William H. Ginsburg, the lawyer for Monica Lewinsky during the sexual conduct scandal involving President Bill Clinton. Ginsburg was the first person to accomplish this feat, on February 1, 1998.
Completed full Ginsburgs
People who have completed multiple Full Ginsburgs
|Marco Rubio||3||April 14, 2013|
February 14, 2016
February 21, 2016
|Jack Lew||2||February 12, 2012|
October 6, 2013
|John Kerry||September 1, 2013|
July 20, 2014
|Denis McDonough||September 8, 2013|
January 25, 2015
|Mike Pompeo||September 8, 2019|
January 5, 2020
On September 20, 2009, President Barack Obama, to promote his health care reform proposals, did what The Politico called a "modified Full Ginsburg" when he appeared on five programs, opting for Univision's Spanish-language Al Punto to be his fifth program appearance instead of Fox News Sunday.
Obama also appeared on Monday, September 9, 2013, with reporters from each of the five networks, plus an extra sixth, to discuss possible military intervention in Syria. He appeared with CNN's Wolf Blitzer on The Situation Room, with ABC's Diane Sawyer on ABC World News, with NBC's Savannah Guthrie on NBC Nightly News, with CBS's Scott Pelley on CBS Evening News and with Fox's Chris Wallace on Fox News's Special Report with Bret Baier, in addition to PBS's Gwen Ifill on PBS NewsHour.
Florida Sen. Marco Rubio became the first person to appear on seven Sunday talk shows the same day, on April 14, 2013: all English-language shows listed above, plus Univision's Al Punto and Telemundo's Enfoque, both American Spanish-language shows.
Following the South Carolina Republican primary in 2016, Senator Rubio became the first person to complete the Full Ginsburg on two consecutive Sundays. Thanks to a prior Full Ginsburg in 2013, he is to date the only person to have accomplished this feat three times.
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the full Ginsburg DEFINITION The ful gins-burg n. The appearance on all five political TV talk shows on the same Sunday morning. CONTEXT On Sept. 23, Senator Hillary Clinton filmed segments from her home in Chappaqua, N.Y., for ABC's This Week with George Stephanopoulos, NBC's Meet the Press, CNN's Late Edition, Fox News' Sunday with Chris Wallace and CBS's Face the Nation. USAGE Ironically, the term was coined by Washington insiders after Monica Lewinsky's attorney William Ginsburg shuffled between studios to make the full circuit in February 1998.
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Appearing on all five major Sunday talk shows -- the political equivalent of hitting for the cycle in baseball -- is known among TV producers and political operatives as a "full Ginsburg," after the first person to pull it off, Southern California attorney William H. Ginsburg. He made the circuit on Feb. 1, 1998, in defense of his client Monica S. Lewinsky, the onetime White House intern at the center of a Bill Clinton sex scandal.[dead link]
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