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.