First, we need a scandal. So, let's get a prominent, out-of-office politician in a dicey situation in which he is forced to explain his actions. He'll of course need to parse his words carefully, make sure he has a plausible alibi and then acknowledge some form of wrong doing.
Second, we need an international crisis. Something involving the Israelis and the Palestinians is sure to generate media headlines. Or, Muammar Qaddafi could announce that he is going to step down (or declare war on the world).
Third, the British monarchy needs to announce that Prince Harry is marrying Kate Middleton's sister. The brothers marrying the sisters will allow for some derelict (probably a former News of the World reporter) to ask if that is incestuous.
Fourth, the NFL needs to play a game...immediately. Forget if it is exhibition or real. One team has to be the Raiders, with the understanding that one of its players will do something absolutely moronic and that brings plenty of media coverage.
Fifth, FOX and MSNBC need to voluntarily shut down. This will tone down the political rhetoric. CNN can remain on because no one knows what that network is doing.
Then while all this is happening...
We need people who "really" understand the debt problem. So, we're going to send Britney Spears and Lindsay Lohan to Washington; they will be the official representatives for the parties and will have the full resources of the Washington elite in assisting them in coming to a deal. They will be allowed multiple press conferences per day.