Who Exactly Lacks Civility, Again?

Interesting finds by the folks at Newsbusters yesterday. I say “interesting,” because more and more I get the feeling that the only people watching MSNBC are the ones who are paid to do so for one reason or another.

The first tidbit presented itself on the MSNBC late morning show, watched by lonely pets and undocumented cleaning service employees from coast-to-coast. On that show, network blowhard Chris Matthews likened radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh to a murderous James Bond villain from Live and Let Die (a Bond series staple containing both a young Jane Seymour and perhaps the greatest boat chase scene of all time), played by black actor Yaphet Kotto. Here’s the statement by Matthews:

You guys see Live and Let Die, the great Bond film with Yaphet Kotto as the bad guy, Mr. Big? In the end they jam a big CO2 pellet in his face and he blew up. I have to tell you, Rush Limbaugh is looking more and more like Mr. Big, and at some point somebody’s going to jam a CO2 pellet into his head and he’s going to explode like a giant blimp. That day may come. Not yet. But we’ll be there to watch. I think he’s Mr. Big, I think Yaphet Kotto. Are you watching, Rush?

The second questionable statement came from the foaming, crap-residue-laden facial orifice of sportscaster-turned-Ed-Murrow-wannabe Keith Olbermann, who in his Tuesday evening show characterized conservative blogger and commentator Michelle Malkin as a purveyor of “fascistic hatred,” and stating that without such hatred, she is merely a “mashed-up bag of meat with lipstick on it.”

Now, I don’t want to insert myself where I don’t belong, and I could very well be wrong, but isn’t this the same network, occupied by the same personalities, who have been so very endlessly concerned about the supposed “lack of civility” on the right following the election of President Obama?

It’s like the America’s Right ‘Know Your Protesters’ Quiz all over again, except this time instead of comparing the crowds of tea party attendees and G-20 Summit protesters and how they are characterized and covered by politicians and the press, it’s about how the press on each side is characterized by the press. The thing is, much in the same way as I cannot recall a single tea party demonstrator getting arrested or even so much as littering, I cannot remember a single right-leaning pundit or commentator getting so gosh-darned personal with a liberal blogger, or so irresistibly intrigued by the death of a liberal media personality.

Eventually, the American people will wake up and realize that, golly gee, the conservatives aren’t the racists here, the conservatives aren’t the ones who mouth off and lack basic courtesy and civility. It’s the liberal press, and it’s the liberal politicians. Last I checked, nobody on the right suggested that the anti-war protesters during the Bush administration were Nazi sympathizers, and no media personalities suggested that people who stood up against Bush policies were out to assassinate the president — even though movies were made and books were written about his hypothetical assassination. Last I checked, nobody on the right went after a liberal candidate’s family with the same rabid fervor as the left did with regard to former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin during the 2008 general election.

We’re not the ones with civility problems, folks. I know it, you know it, and they know it. Slowly but surely, the more that people like Matthews and Olbermann open their mouths and spew their special brand of ignorant hatred, the more Americans will see it as well.

Good grief. What an embarrassment to journalism.

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  1. Rix says:

    Jeff, have you ever asked yourself an obvious question: why, despite the conservatives being so right and liberals being so wrong on so many counts, are they winning elections with such an alarming regularity? The answer is, their methods work. Spiritual victories only count in spiritual world, and moral superiority fills your heart but not your wallet or your kids' bellies. Call me soulless if you will but I say their methods are worth adapting.

  2. whats_up says:

    Jeff,

    Interesting article. So are you saying that those on the right dont compare liberals to Nazi's? Are you sure that is the statement that you want to make? Have you forgotten Limbaughs remarks from a few weeks ago?

  3. JEFF SCHREIBER says:

    What's up,

    Here, you need to get your facts straight. But your being mistaken is completely understandable, as nobody seemed to report the truth.

    Limbaugh was responding to statements made by Nancy Pelosi that the town hall attendees were carrying swastikas into the meetings. She mentioned it first. In responding, Limbaugh pointed out–correctly–that the Nazi Party was the National Socialist Party, and that Hitler and his flunkies were on the LEFT side of the political spectrum, not the right side.

  4. JEFF SCHREIBER says:

    Rix, the answer lies in WHO the GOP is running. Moderate Republicans DO NOT win elections. If the GOP were to run a candidate which reflects the values of this center-right nation instead of cheapening them, that candidate would win.

  5. whats_up says:

    Jeff,

    So Ms. Pelosi was commenting on the fact that protesters were carrying swastikas, and that give Limbaugh the okay to compare the modern Democratic party with Nazi's. Futhermore how about the NRCC yesterday linking on twitter a video that compared Pelosi to Adolph Hitler, Republicans and conservatives are no more civil right now than the left is, to pretend otherwise is willfully fooling yourself. Basically what you are saying is because conservatives do it that makes it okay. That is the wrong type of attitude to have imho.

  6. JEFF SCHREIBER says:

    What's up …

    What side of the political spectrum was the National Socialist Party on?

    Who, exactly, were carrying the signs comparing Obama with Hitler into the town hall meetings?

    What party does Pelosi belong to?

    I'm not saying that it's okay only because conservatives say it — I'm saying that it's okay BECAUSE IT IS FACTUALLY CORRECT. Pelosi and Lyndon LaRouche are DEMOCRATS. On the LEFT.

    No, the Democratic Party is not akin to the Nazi Party, but Limbaugh never said just that — all he did was call out the revisionist history which has placed Hitler and his Nazis on the right.

  7. Illinois Knows says:

    Whats-up, did you take Jeff's quiz? Just wondering. You obviously do not listen to Rush or if sometimes you do, you don't get his sarcastic humor.
    Jeff- you should put your quiz on a FB application, lol! And I agree no more moderate repubs!

    word verification = lible (libel, what the left is doing to Rush this week!)

  8. whats_up says:

    Jeff said:

    No, the Democratic Party is not akin to the Nazi Party, but Limbaugh never said just that…

    Jeff, actually Limbaugh said exactly that, he compared the current Dem party to the Nazi party, there is simply no excuse for this. The you have Rep Franks saying that Obama is "an enemy of humanity."

    In answer to your question:

    The NAZI party was to the left on the political spectrum.

    Those carrying signs comparing Obama to Hitler at tea parties I would assume are conservative, but without asking them I wouldnt know for sure, do you?

    Pelosi is a Democrat.

  9. ALBUTEROL says:

    Don't waste anymore breath on whats_up.

  10. Anonymous says:

    Who Exactly Lacks Civility, Again?

    See if you can spot the hypocrisy:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yEr65ZX6gLw

  11. Anonymous says:

    The dollar is worthless, and we have lost 40% in our 401K and you wanna play word games with 'nazi'? go to hell

  12. Rix says:

    Jeff:
    > Rix, the answer lies in WHO the GOP is running. Moderate
    > Republicans DO NOT win elections. If the GOP were to run
    > a candidate which reflects the values of this center-right nation
    > instead of cheapening them, that candidate would win.

    Jeff, you are both right and wrong here. Moderate Republicans do not win elections, no argument here. Unfortunately, they do win primaries. And the reason they win primaries – besides immeasurable idiocy of letting the Democrats vote, of course – is that the conservative candidates are scared witless of embracing the radical-right rhetorics, even to the extent that is perfectly legal and constitutional. Gardeners know that if a tree is routinely trimmed on one side it will start growing to the other. Similarly, when a political movement systematically rejects its rightmost wing, sooner or later it inevitably shifts to the left. That's why being acceptive to the radicals – naturally, only as long as they stay within confines of the law – is so important. They are not a majority and will never become dominant but they are the force that balances the turncoat moderates out. The Democrats have figured it to be the key to electoral victories; why cannot we follow suit?

  13. Lilly says:

    whats-up "Those carrying signs comparing Obama to Hitler at tea parties I would assume are conservative, but without asking them I wouldnt know for sure, do you?"

    1. You know what they say about assuming!
    2. It was proved that the Nazi sign protester at the tea party was a LaRouche supporter. http://www.weeklystandard.com/weblogs/TWSFP/2009/08/cnn_fails_to_report_woman_comp.asp

  14. goddessdivine says:

    So Beck is consistently slammed for wishing Michael Moore to die, yet Matthews can hope the same fate for Limbaugh. It's a beautiful hypocritical world we live in, isn't it?

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