I’m clearly a glutton for punishment. I subjected myself to two evenings of MSNBC’s “analysis” of the Republican National Convention speeches. I admit, I had a morbid curiosity as to how they would spin these speeches, and let me tell you, they did NOT disappoint. While I know I should no longer be surprised at the tactics of the left and so-called mainstream media, I was absolutely appalled at their coverage.
The first thing that struck me was the pettiness and nasty tones of their comments. I get it – they’re hard core liberals who think everything that comes out a Republican’s mouth is either racist or hateful to women. It’s clear that their only goal is to re-elect Obama, and that they’ll do or say anything necessary to make that happen. I know who I’m dealing with here. But the spiteful, vicious, petty way in which they expressed their views was nothing short of nauseating. It was basically a junior-high level “you suck” marathon. They trashed nearly every speech as totally lacking in substance, and several of the pundits referred to the atmosphere as mean, vicious and hateful….oh yes, and racist. I mean, what would an MSNBC analysis be without accusations of racism?
Here are a few remarks that stuck out in my mind…
Rachel Maddow, who thinks she’s the smartest person in any room, called Chris Christie’s keynote speech “…one of the most remarkable acts of political selfishness I have ever seen on a stage this big.”
Lawrence O’Donnell accused Mitch McConnell of having racist overtones in his speech, when McConnell said “For four years, Barack Obama has been running from the nation’s problems. He hasn’t been working to earn reelection. He’s been working to earn a spot on the PGA tour.” O’Donnell claimed it was a negative racial reference to Tiger Woods. What the…? How do you get racism from that comment?? Guess what, O’Connell? When you see racism in every comment, YOU are the racist!
Al Sharpton, who Rachel referred to as the “professor of oratory” — no, I’m serious…she actually said that — accused Republicans of being hypocrites because Ann Romney spoke of Mitt as a loving man, while Christie pointed out that Republicans need to worry about being respected, not loved. “Which is it…love or respect?”…was Sharpton’s response. Say what? It’s not like Ann said Mitt will make you love him. She was just speaking to the man’s character. That makes them hypocrites? I’m confused. Predictably, Sharpton also went into several off-the-wall civil rights tirades….his typical M.O….but I’ll spare you the details.
Melissa Harris-Perry remarked that VA Governor Bob McDonnell believes in government “small enough to put on a transvaginal probe”, making a dig at a bill that would require an ultrasound before an abortion. How utterly inappropriate.
“Thrill up my leg” Chris Matthews referred to Paul Ryan’s speech (which was excellent, by the way) as “very constricted, very negative and very nasty”, and implied that Ryan was speaking to racists. Angry much, Chris? Matthews said “It’s clear that Paul Ryan was talking to people who think about rights as something…produced by Thomas Jefferson, ignoring the people for whom the rights only came in the 1960s.” Are you kidding me?
And while we’re on the subject, what is with Chris Matthews’ obsession with race and the “birther movement”? The man won’t stop talking about it. Earlier this week, he tore into RNC Chairman Reince Priebus, accusing Republicans of using the race card in their claim that the president eliminated the welfare work requirement, and in Romney’s birth certificate joke (it was a joke, people….lighten up!). Matthews also accused Newt Gingrich of being a racist for calling Obama the “food stamp president” and said Reagan was being racist when he used the term “welfare queen”, which Matthew’s claims obviously referred to black women. Only in your world, Chris…
Last night, Matthews even stooped so low as to grill Condoleeza Rice on “birtherism”, asking her whether her speech was a “rejoinder to all the birtherism and narrowness that she’s heard in her party.” Unbelievable. Of course, Condi took it all in stride, stating that there are extreme views on both sides of the aisle, and that the great majority sees us as one America. Good answer, Condi.
The worst segment was when the entire MSNBC team went after Scott Walker on Paul Ryan’s comments about the Janesville GM plant that closed after the president promised it would stay open, claiming that the plant closed before Obama became president. When Walker explained that there were prior layoffs, but that the plant did indeed close after Obama took office, that wasn’t good enough for the MSNBC staff. Maddow pressed the issue and asked again. Al Sharpton jumped into the fray and continued to talk over Walker, as he again tried to answer the question. Ed Schultz continued pummeling Walker on the issue, but Walker stood firm on his answers regarding the plant and the auto bailouts. It was the most disrespectful bullying I’ve ever seen from a news organization. If they challenged Obama at even a fraction of that level, he would have never made it through the 1st campaign. Astounding.
Long story short, this is the media bias that Republicans/conservatives are dealing with on a daily basis. It’s not just on the part of MSNBC, although they clearly provide the most egregious example of it. We see it from nearly every news channel. For people like me, who live and breath politics, we know better. I personally have a hard time wrapping my head around the fact that people actually buy into their manipulation of the truth. But for many Americans who are not involved in the political process, this is what they are often exposed to, and it’s all they hear, so they believe it. This is why conservative talk radio and conservative bloggers are so vital to this election. We have the truth on our side, and we must continue to get our message out.
As one example, I spoke to a co-worker recently, who votes Republican, but is completely ignorant of the political process or the issues at hand. I made a comment to her about the liberal argument that the rich should pay more taxes. Her response: “they should pay more taxes.” When I pressed her on the subject, asking how much they should pay, she had no answer, and didn’t even know how much they currently pay. I showed her the chart of how much the top 1% pays vs the lower 50%, and she was stunned. She had absolutely no idea, and immediately backed away from her statement. We just assume that people know this information, as we’ve heard it hundreds of times. Yet there are still so many who do not. That’s where we come in. I have those days of frustration, when it seems the situation is completely hopeless, but I know giving up is not an option. This is a turning point for our country, and there is no time for doubting. The current administration has got to go, so we can begin the process of restoring our country back to its founding principles.