Friday, July 24, 2009

MSNBC Gets Spanked for Cause

Charles Pierce is awesome in this clip.

He refuses to let MSNBC off the hook for booking right-wing nut cases in the morning while acting as if it is purer than Caesers Wife during Countdown in the evening.

Pierce hammers the 20-something guest bookers at CNN, CNBC, MSNBC, Fox and the other TV networks for giving air time to people who are well and truly crazy.

David Shuster tries to bring it back to the nut job Liz Cheney, but in fact Mr. Pierce is making a bigger -- and far more important -- point.

Keith Oberman should step up and step in to invite Pierce back on this show for a longer segment.

So what if Pierce will not let MSNBC off the hook? Sauce for the goose, is sauce for the gander. Let's see if Keith Olbermann has a real set of balls -- and any real power to call a little bit of heat down on his own network.

Charles Piere's book, by the way is entitled Idiot America: How Stupidity Became a Virtue in the Land of the Free. Nice title. It just made my reading list.


retrieverman said...

I saw his book in the local B and N just last week. From my skimming of it, it looked pretty good. He takes an awfully good shot at the people who think dinosaurs were on the Ark.

Of course, my favorite political book right now is "Deer Hunting with Jesus."

This culture war thing is new to this Virginia. When I was growing up, no one would ever claim to be a Republican-- no one. It just suddenly shifted when Al Gore was running against Bush, and then the election fiasco. I would watch the news at night, and when I talked to local people, it was like I was living in a parallel universe.

Seahorse said...

While it would be very interesting to have Mr. Pierce back on Olbermann for this larger conversation, it remains unclear to me if Liz Cheney accepts invitations to programs where she might feel more challenged. Shushter says she has declined to be on his program; has she declined other invitations? Morning Joe's Joe Scarborough is a republican, and in her frequent visits to that program I've felt she goes completely unchallenged. Larry King is softball all the way, so that program is a gimme for any guest. Ms. Cheney is contemplating running for political office and has set herself up as point man/attack dog/shill for her father and her party, whether others accept her role or not. I hope if she persists that she'll be required to enter all venues, stay out of daddy's bunker, and answer the challenges of people who do not agree with her.