Classic Misogynist Pig
Good Morning Conflucians!!! TGIF!!!!!!!!
It’s 12 degrees here in the Boston ‘burbs. We had a little January thaw–about four days of temps in around 50 degrees. It was great. But now we’re back in the deep freeze. In fact with the wind child factor, it feels like below zero. So I think I’m going to hang around the house today. I’m very glad it’s Friday. Last semester, I had to teach five days a week. Now I only have go in on Tuesdays and Thursdays for early morning classes. It’s so nice not to have to commute every day. How are things in your neck of the woods?
I hope you don’t mind, but this morning I’m going to stick to one story. Please treat this as a regular morning news post and include your chosen links in the comments.
David Shuster is in trouble with MSNBC again.
MSNBC may be obsessed with the four men arrested for trying to tamper with Sen. Mary Landrieu’s telephones, but the network says reporter David Shuster crossed the line when he attacked one of them via Twitter.
Just before leaving for New Orleans to cover the story, Shuster used a Twitter message to tell conservative filmmaker James O’Keefe — one of the four men arrested by the FBI — that he’s “not a journalist,” that he “intended to tap phones” and that he “will go to prison.”
“The comments were inappropriate,” an MSNBC spokesperson told POLITICO Thursday. “We have talked to David about them.”
MSNBC has been all over the arrests at Landrieu’s New Orleans office, dubbing the alleged attempt to tamper with the phones of the Democratic senator “PhoneGate” and “Bayou Break-In.”
On Wednesday night — when other news networks were focused on President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address — MSNBC’s Keith Olbermann devoted the first 20 minutes of “Countdown” to the Landrieu case.
In addition to speaking with Shuster from New Orleans, Olbermann talked with analyst Richard Wolffe and former Nixon counsel John Dean, famous for his role in the Watergate coverup.
Why am I not surprised to learn that Shuster has been acting inappropriately for a supposed “journalist?” Just a couple of days ago, Shuster was on Twitter beating up on a woman who dared to casually tweet some conspiracy speculation. He called her “stupid and lazy” and then later apologized. And remember this oh so professional performance?
Obviously, Shuster blatantly lied about what he had said the night before. He never praised her as he claimed. After that non-apology, Shuster had to apologize again, and again lied:
MSNBC suspended him with pay(!!) for his crude remarks about Chelsea Clinton.
In case there was any doubt, using a prostitution metaphor for the daughter of a presidential candidate is not a good career move.
MSNBC suspended correspondent David Shuster yesterday for an undetermined period for making a disparaging on-air remark about Chelsea Clinton….Howard Wolfson, the campaign’s communications director, called Shuster’s remark “disgusting,” “beneath contempt” and “the kind of thing that should never be said on a national news network.”
No kidding. But that didn’t stop Shuster from bringing a “Hillary Clinton pen” on the air during MSNBC’s Democratic primary coverage and presenting it to Tucker Carlson (See the “hilarious” image at the top of this post). The “joke” was that the pen “cackled” in Hillary’s voice. So funny–if you’re a misogynist pig, that is. From Media Matters:
According to a press release on hillarypen.com, “[T]he new Hillary look-alike/laugh-alike pen plays a medley of the New York senator’s actual chortles, snorts, and guffaws digitally recorded from her recent appearances on Sunday morning TV interview programs.” In the release, Jay Kamhi, “the pen’s creator,” stated: “Some have said that Senator Clinton’s laugh is infectious, but they didn’t say whether it’s infectious in the good sense, or infectious in the CDC sense. … Our recommendation is to listen to the pen a few times, check for any redness or swelling, then make up your own mind accordingly.”
As Media Matters for America documented, after Clinton’s appearance on all five Sunday political talk shows on September 23, 2007, political reporters and other media personalities — including Shuster — seized on Clinton’s laugh as a new subject of attention, with several media figures calling Clinton’s laugh a cackle. Additionally, Media Matters has documented Carlson saying of Clinton: “Could you actually live in this country for eight years having to listen to her voice?”
Yes, yes I could do that easily. But it’s very difficult having to listen to the wimpy weakling that MSNBC helped to force down our throats
Getting back to the latest example of Shuster’s lack of professionalism, I have no sympathy for right-wing hooligan James O’Keefe, who was also pretending to be a “journalist” while attempting to embarrass a U.S. Senator’s on video. O’Keefe, who is (or was?) employed as an independent filmmaker by Andrew Breitbart of the right wing site “Big Journalism,” has been ordered by a judge to live at home with his parents.
Breitbart claims that Shuster lied in order to get Breitbart to go on MSNBC yesterday. I don’t have a whole lot of sympathy for Breitbart either, but it does seem that Shuster lied to him in claiming not to “have a horse in this race.” Shuster’s text message is included in the Breitbart post.
Yesterday Shuster conducted an embarrassing and unprofessional shouting match with Breitbart on MSNBC.
It’s time for Shuster to go. And while MSNBC is taking care of Shuster, they should show Chris Matthews the door too.
HAVE A FABULOUS FRIDAY EVERYONE!!!!!!!
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