MSNBC's self-styled liberals sounding unhinged and anti-American
Just to be clear at the outset: Our choice in 2016 was surreal, but so is the idea of Biff Tannen in the White House. I have no desire to defend or protect Trump. I just want to know what is going on.
Forgive me if I first review some stuff: Olberman and Shultz have chilling MSNBC stories, but, for this blog entry, let's focus on Cenk:* Cenk was told that an NBC official had gone to the White House (summoned), where some unnamed official complained that Cenk, a political commentator, should take it easier on Obama, the President of the United States! That sound you just heard was Peter Zenger turning over in his grave! (As we know, the Constitutional Lecturer in Chief has shown his contempt for the First Amendment in other ways. Two examples of several--that we know of--were (a) tapping a journalist's phone in an attempt to identify the journalist's source and (b) getting Difi to push an unconstitutional bill defining "publisher.")
In response to the complaint from the White House, MSNBC took away Cenk's show and offered him either the opportunity to begin building a second brand new show from scratch or to be a MSNBC correspondent (think Howard Fineman) for more money. (Also known as getting kicked upstairs. (Links to Cenk videos telling the story : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5x7o0sNrulg
MSNBC's response was an act of such abject journalistic cowardice that my brain throbbed. At the time, Cenk's show was relatively new, but his ratings were second only to Maddow's. The remark of the MSNBC official? "You know we're establishment." So, IMO, MSBNC is in not only in cahoots with, but digustingly servile to, the Democratic Party establishment. I'm guessing that means Democrats both feed MSNBC lots of info and use it like the tool it's repeatedly proven itself to be. So, last night...
Lawrence O'Donnell. At the White House yesterday, Trump told media something to the effect of, "I've been listening to President Obama and I have great respect." (Those may not be exact words, but close enough to convey the gist.) Throughout that same interview, Trump of course, said nice things about Obama and showed Obama a great deal of deference, little to none of which Obama reciprocated. However, none of the above sated LOD.
First, LOD claimed that Trump had not completed his sentence. However, IMO, this is untrue. Trump's voice did not trail off. Then, LOD claimed Trump had nor finished the sentence because Trump's saying he respected Obama would have alienated Trump's base. What bs! Trust me: Trump uttered a complete thought in a complete sentence. Even if he had not, no one could have mistaken Trump's meaning or intent. If anything was going to rile his base, it would have been the other complimentary things he said about Obama and his deferential attitude throughout the interview. (Just a wild guess: Obama did not show anywhere near that deference to Bush the Lesser; and Bush the Lesser said nothing about Obama that was like what Obama said about Trump while stumping for Hillary.) Besides, Trump now has over four years to win back his base from LOD's fabricated slight.
So why is LOD playing junior grammar police? To make sure no one viewed a perfectly respectful, deferential event as a perfectly respectful, deferential event? Not to mention how all the MSNBC hosts are telling us how upset people are over Trump's victory. Guess what? About half the nation has been very upset after an election since St. Ronnie stopped running. We're that divided because that's how the Demlicans and the Republicrats and MSNBC want and need us to be. Stop pretending this is so different from 2008.
Next, Chris Hayes strongly implied to Jeff Merkley and again in recap to Maddow, that Democrats in Congress should do to Trump what Republicans did to Obama, stonewall him. Because, when Democrats help Trump by not blocking, say an infrastructure bill (America, of course, desperately needing infrastucture and Americans desperately needing infrastucture jobs), Democrats would only give Trump political capital that will help Trump pass bad bills!
w.t.f. To deny Trump capital, Democrats should stonewall ever-decaying infratructure that could easily kill people? So what if more families arrive at already empty food pantries instead of getting jobs? Hayes displayed the same tone deaf privilege to which the Clinton have accustomed us. I haven't watched Chris Hayes a lot, but I am risk guessing that he's probably condemned Republicans for doing exactly what Hayes seemed to be instigating last night. So, we can add massive hypocrisy to our list of his Clintonian traits. Maybe a waft of enemies' list, too. How about, oh, I don't know? Just using the newer and, oh, so easy, filibuster on any bad bills? Figuring out other ways to diminish Trump's capital besides withholding possibly lifesaving repairs and desperately needed jobs?
For her part, Maddow, who will tell anyone who will listen that she is "a liberal," (whatever that may mean to a Clinton acolyte) agreed with Hayes! Maddow interviewed Elizabeth Warren, who said of the demonstrations that Americans were rightfully upset. Rightfully upset about the results of an election with no allegations of rigging? From those who never encourage demonstrators for any other reason? Again, folks, w.t.f. Then, Maddow treated She us to her own nonsense, to wit: Be very afraid: Starting today, Trump will be getting briefings about a bunch of horrible hypotheticals Maddow pulled out of ear, one after the other. Stuff that, if shared with Putin, would be the disastrous downfall of the country, the very clear implication being that Trump cannot be trusted with classified, secret or above top secret information. Wait. Wut? Isn't the campaign over?
Reader, stop laughing! Forget the irony of Hillary's recklessness with government information. Just forget it and top laughing this minute! Don't make me stop the car. Also forget that 1934 called and demanded its Red Scare back. What is Maddow's purpose in using bs hypotheticals about Putin and Russia to try to scare Americans about Trump being treated like every other President-Elect? Less than two full freaking days after we learned he won the election?
The above doesn't even capture a tenth of the nonsense from those three programs alone. What is going on? What are they up to? What do they really want us do and why? And when did Rachel Maddow morph into Victoria Jackson, anyway?