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full Ginsburg

The “full Ginsburg” refers to an appearance by one person on all five major Sunday-morning interview shows on the same day:

  • This Week on ABC
  • Face the Nation on CBS
  • Meet the Press on NBC
  • State of the Union on CNN
  • Fox News Sunday

The term is named for William Ginsburg, Monica Lewinsky’s lawyer during the Clinton scandal, who was the first person to accomplish this feat, on February 1, 1998.

Since then, the term has been used to refer to any situation in which a person is extensively interviewed on multiple news programs in a single day.

A Wikipedia page keeps track of all the individuals who have accomplished the “full Ginsburg.”

Examples of “full Ginsburg” in a sentence

  • The political consultant suggested that the senator do a “full Ginsburg” in order to get as much media coverage as possible.
  • The “full Ginsburg” strategy was criticized by some as being a publicity stunt that did little to address the substance of the scandal.