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LANSING, Mich. (WJBK) -

They came close to scoring a national media trifecta, but timing got in the way for Gov. Rick Snyder.  He did the "Meet the Press" and "Face the Nation" Sunday morning gab fests, but poor ABC had to settle for Detroit Mayor Dave Bing.  The Snyder team just couldn't fit it in but two our of three ain't all bad.

There was no trade-mark Mr. Snyder open neck dress shirt with sports jacket this time.  Nope.  It was on with the blue tie to help underscore the seriousness of the governor trying to explain why the state's largest city is starring at a Chapter 9 bankruptcy experience.

In predictable form, the governor deftly avoided making much news or uttering anything even remotely controversial. NBC's David Gregory tried as did CBS's Bob Schieffer who did manage to extract one tidbit of news from the governor.  More on that in a sec.

Mr. Gregory, host of "MTP" started out on a potentially embarrassing tact.  He dragged out a Governor Snyder quote from last June saying Detroit "is not going into bankruptcy."

Welcome to the world of covering Mr. Snyder, Mr. Gregory.  The governor ignored the quote, and dove into what he wanted to say about "every other option" being considered before the Chapter 9 trigger was squeezed.

Mr. G. tried again with a similar yet fruitless follow-up, as he wondered how the "politicians let down the city."

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