MSNBC is Beyond the Pale

April 24, 2008

I tend to be someone who defends Chris Matthews when blogs blast him for every little issue. However, as I watch Hardball today I stand in disbelief at the narrative that Chris Matthews and the rest of the press are choosing to tell when it comes to the Democratic primary.

I just stood and watched as Chris Matthews asked his panel of political morons why Barack Obama doesn’t offer Hillary Clinton the deal that he will support re-votes in Florida and Michigan under the condition that at the end of the contest the candidate with with the most delegates wins the nomination. I’m curious why Chris Matthews is naive enough to think that Hillary would honor such a deal. She has repeatedly chosen to set her own goal posts for the competition and change her own rationale for who should win the nomination depending on the situation as it best suits her. Does Chris Matthews also forget that whether Hillary Clinton or Mr. Matthews likes it, the nomination is decided by who earns the most delegates anyway?

Additionally, Chris Matthews and his band of political morons brought up Reverend Wright’s new interview with Bill Moyers. I’ve heard numerous times now on MSNBC that Reverend Wright has come out without being asked. Um, it’s an interview. Didn’t Bill Moyers ask him? I am what you must see as a lowly common voter who prefers your opinion to my own, yet I had already ready about the Bill Moyers interview and saw it for what it is, the Reverend having the opportunity to defend himself from the relentless attacks by the media on his out of context statements. It doesn’t hurt Barack Obama with voters, but MSNBC prefers to say that it does because Reverend Wright points out that the media chose which words of his they wanted to use for their own purposes.

I just heard Joe Scarborough describe that Pennsylvania was one of the worst defeats in Barack Obama’s career. Was he asleep leading up to that primary? Barack Obama lost by almost exactly the spread that everyone predicted. If anything, he vastly improved the spread. Everyone knew how that primary was going to go. Joe Scarborough is quite transparent in preferring Hillary Clinton over Barack Obama yet he refuses to recognize that while Clinton reliably goes down in percentage points with every primary, Barack Obama goes up in the polls. Despite the facts, MSNBC continues to allow someone as clueless as Joe Scarborough to sell the story that Hillary Clinton is pulling ahead.

I hear people like Pat Buchanan ask again and again why Barack Obama can’t “close the deal?” Isn’t the real question why can’t Hillary Clinton “close the deal?” This is her contest to lose. The primary season began with the press all but coronating Hillary Clinton until actual votes started coming in and the people surprised the press.

What is MSNBC doing, holding a contest for who can be the most clueless political pundit on TV? Why not just hire some people from Fox News?

Everyone has long since given up on Fox News, Why is MSNBC trying to become more like them?

A note for the MSNBC. You don’t have to make constant fools of yourselves. It’s OK, and even preferable, to respect your audience enough to report the news and not present the narrative that best serves your long term interests.

Please, please stop. Take some time to do some research, look beyond the spin, fact check your own clueless pundits like Joe Scarborough, Pat Buchanan and Tucker Carlson.

Is this nothing more than the press showing frustration at the fact that despite the media continues to push its chosen narrative, Hillary Clinton’s negatives continue to climb and her chances at winning the nomination become all but nonexistent?


One Response to “MSNBC is Beyond the Pale”

  1. huntingdonpost Says:

    Reading your post, I thought (as a confessed Hillary supporter–and I hope you don’t mind I am commenting) that if you substituted Hillary for Obama, it is exactly what our constituency says. I used to watch MSNBC but when Matthews and Olbermann started a relentless love affair with Obama, I quit. I went to CNN hoping to get balanced coverage. (I don’t need it to be all pro-Hillary.) By the PA primary I was (gasp) watching FOX news. I am not recommending one do that on a regular basis. My point is that I have no idea what the media is trying to do except ensure a McCain win. All the corporate moguls are Republicans or arch-conservatives. Every single news station on radio or TV was saying at 7:00 p.m. on the night of the PA primary that it was too close to call. I am not sure what was up with that, but the polls had not closed.

    I am commiserating here in a way, because I think it is all so skewed. Anyway, good luck finding a channel.

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