Video: Who’s up for some new MSNBC “Lean Forward” ads?

posted at 5:06 pm on April 25, 2011 by Allahpundit

The master video page is here in case these three tender vittles leave you hungry for more. Strange but true: This crop of “Lean Forward” ads is much more overtly partisan than the original crop released last October. Compare Matthews’s spot then to the one that came out today; Maddow’s and Olbermann’s ads at the time were similarly soft on ideology compared to Lawrence O’Donnell waxing rhapsodic below about the public option and “immigration,” by which of course he means illegal immigration. Maybe they’re worried that the brand has lost some liberal luster since Olby decamped and this is their way of polishing it up. Just because you don’t see Ronald McDonald out by the front door waving doesn’t mean the burgers aren’t still good, progressives.

By the way, I love love love the idea of Chris Matthews, who seems to devote roughly 58 minutes of airtime a day to Birthers and related Trumpery, lamenting the fact that top Republicans won’t move on and challenge Obama on the issues. Never mind that many big names — Romney and Pawlenty, for starters — have tried to move on by saying they believe Obama’s natural-born, and never mind that it’s a fait accompli that the eventual nominee will stay far away from Birtherism during the campaign. The true magical irony of this clip is that no matter how issue-oriented the Republicans are, Matthews himself will lead the way in searching for racist “dog whistles” under every rhetorical rock in the Republican garden. Josh Trevino put it perfectly on Twitter vis-a-vis the news about Barbour: “Haley Barbour’s departure from the field of 2012 probables strips us of what would have been an awesome media game of spot-the-subtext.” Indeed; as the most identifiably southern candidate, he would have been demagogued the most crudely. But the demagoguery will still be there, even if mild-mannered midwestern wonk Mitch Daniels is the nominee, because Matthews and the media can’t do without it. But he just wants to talk about the issues, see.

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You know, someone with serious video skills could have a field day with these. Lean Forward Chrissy, right into O’s lap.

reddevil on April 25, 2011 at 5:12 PM

One owuld actually have to watch MSNBC to know they had ran “Lean Forward” ads before. I guess we know who one of the 10 people that watch MSNBC is.

WoosterOh on April 25, 2011 at 5:13 PM

I’d like to see a Obama Leads With His Behind! ad.

Blake on April 25, 2011 at 5:13 PM

O’Donnell is a spooky dude…

d1carter on April 25, 2011 at 5:13 PM

How about “bend over”?

Opposite Day on April 25, 2011 at 5:15 PM

They can’t realize how pathetic they are.

fossten on April 25, 2011 at 5:16 PM

Pravda News Channel.

Pravda at least had the excuse of being shot if they didn’t act as propagandists for the regime. MSNBC has reduced itself to the role of DNC outreach.

sharrukin on April 25, 2011 at 5:17 PM

lean forward is what you do just before throwing up, which is what I feel like doing anytime I see any member of the messnbc nuthouse.

exceller on April 25, 2011 at 5:18 PM

I ‘lean forward’ when I take a pee; tends to keep my feet dry.

slickwillie2001 on April 25, 2011 at 5:19 PM

Creepy, pasty doughmen…

I’m not clicking on either of them. I just ate a Cadbury egg in honor of Kate and Wills and I’m not feeling so good…

Fallon on April 25, 2011 at 5:19 PM

Lawrence O’Donnell?

Lawrence O’Donnell.

KingGold on April 25, 2011 at 5:24 PM

My favorite Matthews promo is the one where he includes McCarthyism alongside the Civil War, Cold War, Civil Rights Movement, etc. as great struggles we’ve gone through as a country. I mean really, McCarthyism? I found that telling.

Go RBNY on April 25, 2011 at 5:24 PM

Leap Forward.

mizflame98 on April 25, 2011 at 5:25 PM

Nice to see COMCAST prostrate for nObama. Its all about the narrative isn’t it……healing….ya thats the ticket!

dmann on April 25, 2011 at 5:27 PM

Lean forward?

Better yet, BEND OVER!

GarandFan on April 25, 2011 at 5:27 PM

They can’t realize how pathetic they are.

fossten on April 25, 2011 at 5:16 PM

With long term contracts of multi-millions per year, can one ever be pathetic?

Blake on April 25, 2011 at 5:30 PM

What ever they say in these ads… it would just piss me off I’m sure so… no thanks.
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RalphyBoy on April 25, 2011 at 5:31 PM

Who won’t say that Chris? Trump? You want Trump to say Obama is as American as he is? Because there is only one who even bothers with this issue.

But is it unAmerican to want to see Obama’s college and employment records?

Is it unAmerican to ask Obama to do what Obama asked John McCain to do? How so?

petunia on April 25, 2011 at 5:33 PM

If that pudgy doughball Matthews leans forward, he might just topple over and roll around like a bowling pin.

UltimateBob on April 25, 2011 at 5:35 PM

Lawerance O’Donnel sort of looks like that king in the Lord of the Rings were was possessed. The wages of sin I suppose. How old is he anyway? 100?

petunia on April 25, 2011 at 5:35 PM

The day that the SP put US debt on credit watch negative I was surfing between cnbc and fnc…and the Chrissy show was just starting…so i stopped to see what Chrissy would say about the major financial development…how would a pasty, wasted lib journo that feels tingles for all things Obama approach the story. Lead Story: Trump (some forgotten-by-now blip in the Trump blather)

r keller on April 25, 2011 at 5:36 PM

One owuld actually have to watch MSNBC to know they had ran “Lean Forward” ads before. I guess we know who one of the 10 people that watch MSNBC is.

WoosterOh on April 25, 2011 at 5:13 PM

They have been running those ads on FOX News channel, believe it or not.

UltimateBob on April 25, 2011 at 5:37 PM

I can see Russia from MSNBC

faraway on April 25, 2011 at 5:37 PM

PMSLSD is a wholly owned subsidiary of teh DNC.

OmahaConservative on April 25, 2011 at 5:41 PM

Well if I ran MSNBC, instead of “Lean Forward” their slogan would be “Fart Loudly.” It’s more memorable, and more indicative of the quality of that network’s news analysis.

radjah shelduck on April 25, 2011 at 5:42 PM

“Lean forward Chris” — Obama

“Yes, Mr. President, Sir. I’m told you lead from behind, Yes, Yes, Yes we can” — Chris Matthews

Schadenfreude on April 25, 2011 at 5:43 PM

“Winning the Future” WTF

“Lean Forward

“Obama leads from behind”

Freud would have a field day with the liberals.

Schadenfreude on April 25, 2011 at 5:46 PM

What’s that Chrissie is standing on? How about a “Fall Backward and Off of The Building” ad?

Ward Cleaver on April 25, 2011 at 5:48 PM

I wonder if Chrissy Matthews will agree that Sarah Palin is just as American as he is and move on to the issues…?

Seven Percent Solution on April 25, 2011 at 5:54 PM

Spike Lee directed these. He’s an occasionally great filmmaker, but these commercials are weak. He did one for Hardball a few months ago that was interesting but the rest have been so ordinary.

YYZ on April 25, 2011 at 5:55 PM

e been running those ads on FOX News channel, believe it or not.

Your cable company is doing that.

YYZ on April 25, 2011 at 5:57 PM

This will make Chris’ leg, er xxxxx, twitch.

Schadenfreude on April 25, 2011 at 5:58 PM

Just because you don’t see Ronald McDonald out by the front door waving doesn’t mean the burgers aren’t still good, progressives.

That is brilliant on so many levels.

DaBird on April 25, 2011 at 6:01 PM

More like “Fall over leftward.”

Warner Todd Huston on April 25, 2011 at 6:01 PM

Just reminding people how much smarter they are. So full of themselves.

qestout on April 25, 2011 at 6:06 PM

Crap, my On-demand feature with DirecTV plays these damned ads.

Lean Forward = Bend Over

Snaqwels on April 25, 2011 at 6:12 PM

By the way, I love love love the idea of Chris Matthews, who seems to devote roughly 58 minutes of airtime a day to Birthers and related Trumpery, lamenting the fact that top Republicans won’t move on and challenge Obama on the issues.

Why bother? The economy sucks, energy prices and other prices are skyrocketing, folks are losing their jobs, their businesses and their homes…and yet Obama still has a good chance of getting re-elected.

How can the Birther issue possibly hurt?

Dr. ZhivBlago on April 25, 2011 at 6:13 PM

This channel does make me Lean Forward, over the toilet when I puke from their sickening programs.

That is why I don’t watch it, ever.

Brian1972 on April 25, 2011 at 6:15 PM

Thanks, Grandpa.

thebrokenrattle on April 25, 2011 at 6:15 PM

When the 2012 elections come in, we’ll ask Chrissy to lean forward, tinkle on his leg and talk about the tissues.

Steve Z on April 25, 2011 at 6:16 PM

UltimateBob on April 25, 2011 at 5:37 PM

I have FoxNews on at least 10 hours a day and never see them

WoosterOh on April 25, 2011 at 6:35 PM

Not what’s more pathetic – those ads, or the fact that those people don’t realize how pathetic they are.

Midas on April 25, 2011 at 6:54 PM

How utterly post-modern in its approach.

Yes, let’s just lean forward. Going, moving, forging — all these terms indicate too strong a commitment to actually doing anything.

Ah, the malaise of post-modernism and its love of avoiding logical conclusions!

StubbleSpark on April 25, 2011 at 6:55 PM

Who’s up for some new MSNBC “Lean Forward” ads?

Not me.

Next!

Splashman on April 25, 2011 at 7:01 PM

I like their “Lockup” series, and some of their other crime shows are OK. I change the channel at the first hint of a so-called “news” show, however.

n0doz on April 25, 2011 at 7:03 PM

even if mild-mannered midwestern wonk Mitch Daniels is the nominee

OT: Is anyone else confused by Daniels’ wikipedia page?

Daniels earned a Bachelor’s degree with Honors from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University. His high grades allowed him to gain entry to Georgetown University Law Center

?

crr6 on April 25, 2011 at 7:25 PM

Comcast doubling down on dumb. MSNBC is getting beat like a rented mule by Fox News. Ratings we don’t need no stinking ratings.

Dr Evil on April 25, 2011 at 7:44 PM

even if mild-mannered midwestern wonk Mitch Daniels is the nominee
OT: Is anyone else confused by Daniels’ wikipedia page?

Daniels earned a Bachelor’s degree with Honors from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University. His high grades allowed him to gain entry to Georgetown University Law Center
?

crr6 on April 25, 2011 at 7:25 PM

Not nearly as confusing as Barack Obowma’s grades:

Punahuu High School SAT’s – ?
Punahuu High School – GPA – ?
Occidental College GPA – ?
Columbia University GPA – ?
Harvard University GPA – ?

dthorny on April 25, 2011 at 7:49 PM

Not nearly as confusing as Barack Obowma’s grades:

Punahuu High School SAT’s – ?
Punahuu High School – GPA – ?
Occidental College GPA – ?
Columbia University GPA – ?
Harvard Law School- magna cum laude

dthorny on April 25, 2011 at 7:49 PM

Fixed.

crr6 on April 25, 2011 at 7:53 PM

Harvard Law School- magna cum laude

dthorny on April 25, 2011 at 7:49 PM

Fixed.

crr6 on April 25, 2011 at 7:53 PM

Trump fixed that.

Schadenfreude on April 25, 2011 at 7:58 PM

Real estate mogul Donald Trump suggested in an interview Monday that President Barack Obama had been a poor student who did not deserve to be admitted to the Ivy League universities he attended. Trump, who is mulling a bid for the Republican presidential nomination, offered no proof for his claim

haha.

crr6 on April 25, 2011 at 8:02 PM

dthorny attempts to explain how graduating with high honors from Harvard Law really means you’re stupid in 3…2…1…

crr6 on April 25, 2011 at 8:05 PM

Schadenfreude on April 25, 2011 at 7:58 PM

Trump is coming close to saying what many are thinking, -that little Bammie is in fact a very stupid man that doesn’t deserve a single of the degrees he seems to have accumulated.

Hope that spreads.

slickwillie2001 on April 25, 2011 at 8:07 PM

If I were crr6, I’d want to change the subject too.

Jim Treacher on April 25, 2011 at 8:12 PM

You know America is f’d when MessNBC is proudly promoting an unabashed socialist in their prime time slot.

OxyCon on April 25, 2011 at 8:14 PM

Just because you don’t see Ronald McDonald out by the front door waving doesn’t mean the burgers aren’t still good, progressives.

A rather artful way of calling Olbermann a clown.

I salute you sir. Salud!!

JohnGalt23 on April 25, 2011 at 8:58 PM

In Chrissy’s case it’s:

Lean Forward.
Fall Over.
Drop Whiskey Bottle.
Suck Pavement.

Dino64 on April 26, 2011 at 5:59 AM

If I’m saying what has been said previously, I apologize. I’m running too late to read them all.

Is the term “lean forward” not just another way to say “bend over”? Or at least the “act” of leaning forward is identical to the “act” of bending over?

Squiggy on April 26, 2011 at 6:38 AM