“Well, we’re not going to do it, then, because we don’t let people tell us what to talk about.”
That was MSNBC host Joe Scarborough, talking about his initial response to the prospect of an interview with Homeland Security Nincompoop Janet Napolitano, an interview allowed with the following guideline — only one question about the assessment released yesterday would be allowed.
That MSNBC went ahead with the interview despite such preconditions only underscores the amount of undying affection for President Barack Obama and his administration.
This woman, Napolitano, essentially just deemed millions of Christians who believe in the sanctity of human life, as well as millions more concerned Americans, to be “rightwing extremists.” Heck, one of the guys I work with is gay, but also happens to be extremely fiscally conservative — he remarked yesterday about how astounding it is that, according to the administration, he’s a homosexual, right-wing extremist.
“Let’s see, I support gay marriage, but I think that our federal government is absolutely out of control,” he said. “I’m a gay, right-wing extremist. Is that even possible? Does my support for gay marriage cancel out my extremist tendencies? How does that work? Who do I call to ask?”
Regardless, I think that the underlying problem with the DHS assessment is being overlooked by many of those in the new media. Yes, veterans should be outraged, but I think we’re overlooking how Napolitano based her threat assessment purely on politics, purely on concern that we uphold the Constitution.
The media should be asking about how DHS came about its assessment, but we’re finding out that the Obama administration is taking steps to ensure such questions are never asked, let alone answered. Meanwhile, MSNBC should be ashamed of itself. Then again, for a network that prides itself on intellectual infants like Keith Olbermann, shame is likely nothing new.