Oh, this (scroll) is so so rich:
On the Glenn Becks and Howard Beales: The White House doesn’t want to give Glenn Beck a bigger platform or extra oxygen — especially regarding his remark yesterday that the president has “a deep-seated hatred for white people or the white culture” — so they won’t comment, even off record. Beck, after all, is a radio DJ who somehow ended up getting a national platform to give his opinion on politics. What’s most amazing about this episode is that what Beck said isn’t a fireable or even a SUSPENDABLE offense by his bosses. There was a time when outrageous rants like this would actually cost the ranters their jobs. But not anymore; if anything, it’s now encouraged. And all of this could turn ACTUAL journalists into the next Howard Beales. It’s getting nuts that the folks who are creating the perception of an ideological/polarized media world are people who have never really spent their lives being journalists. Whether it’s former political consultants-turned-TV execs or former radio DJs, or former California socialites, the folks helping to accelerate the public’s perception of the media off a cliff made their livings trying to do other things. Of course, Beck’s crazy language could have one unintended consequence: It could cost him bookings with any Republicans who want to be popular outside Beck’s hard-core bizarro-land viewers.
Hysterical. Has Murray ever watched the clowns on his OWN network? KeithO, to be specific? Olbermann – who was a sports “journalist” before coming on board as a political commentator on the Obama-loved MSDNC – was like a walking sewer mouth last year, and the year before, in fact, when it came to describing the Bush admin. He equated Bush with Hitler multiple times and took some truly cheap shots at McCain like the “joke” he made about him needing to “buy more Depends,” doesn’t mind gay-baiting when the mood suits him, said Fox News was a bigger threat to this country than AQ, and joined in on making despicably sexist remarks about the former Miss California – and that’s just the short list. Yet Murray is worried about Glenn Beck’s suggestion that Obama is a racist? Maybe the morons at MSDNC should clean up their own backyards before they start whining about someone else’s. In fact, if we go by Murray’s standards, pretty much their entire evening line up would have to be fired with the possible exception of Rachel Maddow.
But hey – I keep forgetting: We are now living in a country where all scrutiny and criticism of our President should only come from more “serious journalists” like former sportscasters like KeithO and liberal shills like Chris “Sarah Palin was McCain’s mail-order bride” Matthews who who believe it’s their duty as American patriots to “help the Obama administration” succeed, tingly legs and all. A sentiment shared by the higher-ups as well, I should note. My bad!
Hat tip to Matthew Vadum at AmSpec, who has more on so-called “liberal tolerance” – including the campaign by the far left to have CNN fire Lou Dobbs for his position on illegal immigration and for his discussion of the “Birther” issue.