MS-NBC calls Hillary “skanky”

posted at 7:55 pm on April 28, 2008 by Ed Morrissey

Well, why not? Keith Olbermann and Chris Matthews has called her worse, and it’s only a couple of degrees from Randi Rhodes calling her a “f*****g whore” on stage earlier this month. Politico has the story and the video:

Off camera today on MSNBC, A.B. Stoddard of “The Hill” newspaper followed up a clip of Hillary Clinton with the word “skanky.”

In the clip, Clinton tells supporters that she’d debate Obama anywhere: “We could even do it on the back of a flatbed truck, doesn’t even have to be in some fancy studio somewhere.”

“The New Argument” mentioned the clip earlier today, but only that there was an “unknown culprit” who used the word “skanky.”

MSNBC confirmed to Politico that it was Stoddard, who’s seen laughing as the camera goes back to her.

This looks like a case of sophomoric dirty-mindedness. In the MS-NBC clip, they leave out the context of Hillary Clinton challenging Barack Obama to a moderator-free debate. Stoddard, who knew better, apparently decided to let her imagination run wild at Hillary’s suggestion that they could “do it”, a phrase best left in high school, along with Stoddard’s giggles.

I’d make the argument that MS-NBC is in the bag for Obama, but then it just becomes a dog-bites-man story. Maybe we can get Stoddard’s reaction the next time Matthews describes the thrill up his leg when Obama speaks. Or perhaps NBC and General Electric could consider cleaning house at the cable network and hiring some professionals instead of the journalistic equivalent of skanks.


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In the clip, Clinton tells supporters that she’d debate take Obama anywhere: “We could even do it on the back of a flatbed truck, doesn’t even have to be in some fancy studio hotel somewhere.”

Because someone had to do it.

IrishEi on April 28, 2008 at 8:01 PM

Can a news network this unprofessional continue to operate in the long run?

I would have guessed not, but their ratings have been going up (although from rock bottom, it’s hard not to go up I guess).

Nessuno on April 28, 2008 at 8:01 PM

A class act from a classy network. I think the only reason people watch MSNBC is to see what they will say next. Kind of like waiting to watch a train wreck.

DAT60A3 on April 28, 2008 at 8:02 PM

I’d make the argument that MS-NBC is in the bag for Obama…

Of course they are. Is Chris Matthew’s leg still “tingling”?

JetBoy on April 28, 2008 at 8:02 PM

A public apology and a demotion are in order.

Peabrained and prurient all in one.

The NY Times would hire her.

profitsbeard on April 28, 2008 at 8:12 PM

On top off everything thing else, A.B. Stoddard follows it with a spaz attack.

lowandslow on April 28, 2008 at 8:15 PM

Skanky, who knows, it may take one to know one.

Zorro on April 28, 2008 at 8:20 PM

The Clinton’s chickens are coming home to roost.

moxie_neanderthal on April 28, 2008 at 8:22 PM

The network of Keith Olbermann not having class?

Shocking, simply shocking.

BTW, Roger Mudd says he never watches Fox News and that his favorite reporter is Olbermann who is “Outrageously good.”

Well, he’s half right.

So, add Mr. Mudd to the list of the usual suspects.

SteveMG on April 28, 2008 at 8:31 PM

Just goes to show how little support the Clintons really enjoy these days. Once it became obvious that she was vulnerable, the defections started occurring.

That being said and I am no defender of Hillary but to call her “skanky” is just wrong. Monica was a complete skank. Hillary is the opposite- a cold calculating bitch.

highhopes on April 28, 2008 at 8:32 PM

Why is this detestable network still on the air? No one watches. Let’s eliminate the major carbon footprint of this network.

jencab on April 28, 2008 at 8:33 PM

A-sexual would be a more accurate description. But I don’t imagine it would all be giggles if someone from the chattering classes had uttered an unkind but equally accurate Obama slider, such as lightweight.

Good news. By being so thoroughly in the tank for Obama, MSNBC is eroding any remaining semblance of credibility among the non messiah wing of the Democratic party.

moxie_neanderthal on April 28, 2008 at 8:44 PM

Hillary is up over McCain by nine points. Nine points over McCain and she’s still fighting Obama. When she wins the nomination, and becomes the Democratic Party’s nominee, we can all clap and cheer in November when Hillary Clinton becomes our President, and John McMaverick is left again in the Senate throwing rocks.

That may be a scary vision, however McCain in the White House is far scarier in my opinion. I’ll take the devil I know, over the Devil who no one knows.

Snake307 on April 28, 2008 at 8:45 PM

Weird. I always thought she was cool. Just the other day on Abram’s show she defended Chris Wallace, saying he was a class-act when Abrams and co. were trashing Fox.

Spirit of 1776 on April 28, 2008 at 8:48 PM

BTW, Roger Mudd says he never watches Fox News

Probably one of those who trashes said network. Most of them have never even seen Fox News, they just live in the echo chamber.

ThePrez on April 28, 2008 at 8:57 PM

I guess that’s why Rush’s comments on her appearance haven’t been surfacing as much as I thought they would. The leftist media has robbed themselves of another line of attack against talk radio by sinking demonstrably lower.

joewm315 on April 28, 2008 at 8:58 PM

Hillary is up over McCain by nine points. Nine points over McCain and she’s still fighting Obama. When she wins the nomination, and becomes the Democratic Party’s nominee

Not going to happen. The Democrats are basically stuck with a dog who won’t hunt. Any attempt to give the prize to Clinton will result in a very ugly dinner party. (Apologies to the mixed metaphors police).

I love Poles and their food is great but polls can also be very misleading when used as a cudgel to create an alternate universe by which these folks have a chance of winning the presidency. Might as well say Barney beats McCain by 10 points. Makes my kids happy but it doesn’t mean its based on anything other than wishful thinking.

moxie_neanderthal on April 28, 2008 at 9:20 PM

Or perhaps NBC and General Electric could consider cleaning house at the cable network and hiring some professionals instead of the journalistic equivalent of skanks a High School year book staff.

easy on April 28, 2008 at 9:27 PM

I love Poles and their food is great but polls can also be very misleading when used as a cudgel to create an alternate universe by which these folks have a chance of winning the presidency. Might as well say Barney beats McCain by 10 points. Makes my kids happy but it doesn’t mean its based on anything other than wishful thinking.

moxie_neanderthal on April 28, 2008 at 9:20 PM

Personally, I’ll take the poll’s, especially when it shows McCain losing. McCain remains the biggest threat to our nation that has ever run for the Presidency.

With McCain, you’re pulling the lever, and praying that he stays slightly conservative, despite his long record of doing exactly the opposite. If we needed any additional evidence that McCain was not ready to join the Conservative Ranks, we saw it last week. He didn’t even bother to view the ad put out by the Republican Party of NC, before denouncing it, and ordering them to cease and desist with it.

Give me Hillary, because McCain will be the death of us all.

Snake307 on April 28, 2008 at 9:47 PM

Skanky might be a little strong.

Or, maybe not.

TheSitRep on April 28, 2008 at 9:50 PM

Doesn’t surprise me about Roger Mudd. Walter Crankcase is a bleeding heart lefty, too.

jgapinoy on April 28, 2008 at 10:14 PM

Give me Hillary, because McCain will be the death of us all.

Snake307 on April 28, 2008 at 9:47 PM

And go back to bombing empty terrorist training camps as a reponse to terrorist attacks against American’s?

No thanks, I much prefer the idea that terrorism is an act of war and will be repsonded to as such.

Granted 9-11 happened on Bush’s watch, but the terrorist were emboldened enough during the Bill Clinton administration to be so aggressive. Not much has happened on the terrorist front since 9-11, but that doesn’t matter.

McCain has voted along party lines 80% + of the time. But Hillary Clinton is a better choice for Republicans? OK, what time is it in Neverland anyways?

Hog Wild on April 28, 2008 at 10:15 PM

In a strange sick way, buried deep in the back of my cranium I hope Hillery becomes POTUS and spends four years getting even with all her deserters. That would be so delicious to see all these spineless Obama minions being torn to shreds by the ruthless biatch. I know, I know, I need to see a shrink.

trs on April 28, 2008 at 10:25 PM

And go back to bombing empty terrorist training camps as a reponse to terrorist attacks against American’s?

No thanks, I much prefer the idea that terrorism is an act of war and will be repsonded to as such.

Granted 9-11 happened on Bush’s watch, but the terrorist were emboldened enough during the Bill Clinton administration to be so aggressive. Not much has happened on the terrorist front since 9-11, but that doesn’t matter.

McCain has voted along party lines 80% + of the time. But Hillary Clinton is a better choice for Republicans? OK, what time is it in Neverland anyways?

Hog Wild on April 28, 2008 at 10:15 PM

Everyone admits that on almost every issue, from immigration, to the economy, McCain is just as bad a choice as Hillary. Both are bad choices in other words. The battle cry of the McCainiacs is two pronged. First, the Supreme Court. McCain has said he’d appoint conservatives, but not conservatives like Alito who wear their conservatism on their sleeves. Oh, and not like Roberts who are too openly religious. So we can hope that the nominee’s are at least as conservative as Harriet Myers. Oh, we can certainly take great pleasure and re-assurance from that prong of the attack.

The second prong, the war in Iraq. McCain is no help to Republicans, and now the question is not if the Democrats will pick up seats in the House or Senate, but how many. Will the Democrats have sixty seats in the Senate? Won’t matter. Other RINO’s like McCain will give them the super majority for any vote they wish to have, including funding Iraq.

Now, when will McCain fold on Iraq. He says never. Never ever. Of course, that was the same answer he gave regarding immigration and the boarder fence. Never gonna happen, and he’s been dragging his feet even after being “won over.”

McCain will fold, and announce that he’s doing so to wide bipartisan support. He’ll raise taxes, again with wide bi partisan support, and to the ringing joy of his true friends, the NY Times.

The Republicans will have their arms twisted to support the President, a supposed Republican. We’ll be hard pressed to slow him down as he pushes liberal ideal after liberal policy down our throats. Environmentalist wacko crap followed by more regulation over business’s.

My friends, McCain the liberal is not a friend, and his two prongs that the McCainiacs are using to try and gather Conservative Support is flawed, when you consider that McCain has backed off of every other position he ever held dear.

He’s not pro life. Sure he says the words, and cast the occasional vote to limit abortions in military hospitals. Then when he’s asked if he’d support a Constitutional Amendment, the only way to circumvent the Supreme Court I might add, he says no he would not. He’s pro life, so long as it’s meaningless little bits where no change is really going to be made.

McCain is a big threat to us, and I for one will never support him, and have been arguing for Hillary with my friends at work, several are already convinced. Each person I convince is one that won’t donate to McCain, and won’t vote for him.

Down with McCain, down with the RINO’s. Give me an enemy to fight against, and you can keep the allies I can’t trust. I’ll fight on alone if I need to, but I will not give up on conservative values or principals.

Snake307 on April 28, 2008 at 10:34 PM

Projection?

snaggletoothie on April 28, 2008 at 10:58 PM

In the clip, Clinton tells supporters that she’d debate take Obama anywhere: “We could even do it on the back of a flatbed truck, doesn’t even have to be in some fancy studio hotel somewhere.”

IrishEi on April 28, 2008 at 8:01 PM

…any mention of astro-turf on the truck bed?

91Veteran on April 28, 2008 at 11:21 PM

Is Chris Matthew’s leg still “tingling”?

JetBoy on April 28, 2008 at 8:02 PM

Better check the blog….

Rosmerta on April 29, 2008 at 12:43 AM

Ooops,like Slick Willy going on about the racist episode,
and duh,forgot his phone was still on!

Here you have the same problem,the left tells you the
truth by leaving their mic on!

Skanky=Wh-re.So if its good enough to go after Imus and
Rhandi on Air America,then apologize or quit!

canopfor on April 29, 2008 at 1:06 AM

Isn’t Mathews still pulling in less than 500,000 for a National rating?????? And “Hardball” is still considered relevant?????????????

chief65 on April 29, 2008 at 4:47 AM

Pretty sexist against our girl! This cannot stand! Operation Chaos must take a position against such sexism!

sabbott on April 29, 2008 at 7:19 AM

Skanky is an appropriate word for Hillary. Every time I see her wearing one of those awful pants suits the aroma of rancid circus clown suits stowed in a dingy, bare bulb lit dressing room comes to mind. Add that to the well known fact that Hillary goes to the hair salon to get her oil changed and the comparative mildness of the term “skank” becomes apparent.

viking01 on April 29, 2008 at 7:47 AM

The poor audio guy is going to take the fall for the “strong women” on the screen.

RobCon on April 29, 2008 at 2:12 PM

There’s and “MS” NBC now? When did that happen?

Hmmmmm. I wonder what the “MS” stands for. “More” something, I would imagine.

29Victor on April 29, 2008 at 5:49 PM