O’Donnell Calls GOP Frontrunner a “Monster” – Blames Network

posted at 8:40 am on April 29, 2011 by Jazz Shaw

When MSNBC talking head Lawrence O’Donnell isn’t busy blaming the government for people getting killed because of the size of weapon clips, or blaming more than half the country for voting Republican, he has to find something else to while away the hours. That’s why it’s good to know that he can still make time to blame his bosses at NBC for the recent political ascension of Donald Trump.

How does he arrive at this conclusion? As he succinctly points out, NBC has an entertainment division. But NBC also has a news division! Plus, Trump is a racist! And McCain went on Saturday Night Live. But Obama did Oprah Winfrey’s show. And… OK. I don’t know exactly what he’s raving about this time. Let’s give Politico’s Keach Hagey a shot at it.

Lawrence O’Donnell responded to the president’s revelation of his long-form birth certificate today by attacking his own bosses at NBC for perpetuating Donald Trump’s flirtation with the GOP presidential candidacy by not revealing what they know about the future of his reality shows.

He argued that Trump’s line during today’s news conference that he couldn’t announce his candidacy until after the season finale of his television show was an incorrect reading of equal-time laws, since these laws don’t apply to entertainment programs. He also argued that NBC executives likely knew well whether Trump has re-upped for next season, since many of NBC’s other shows have already been announced for that year.

“NBC can no longer avoid conflict with Mr. Trump,” O’Donnell said. “NBC has a conflict with Mr. Trump. NBC has created a monster who is using his NBC fame to spew hatred, reeking with racist overtones and undertones about the president of the United States. NBC can no longer stand idly by, not for one more day. The NBC entertainment division could not possibly have created a worse conflict with the NBC News division. The NBC entertainment division is now in possession of news that the NBC News division would [like to have]. An NBC paid performer, the most deranged egomaniac in the history of NBC entertainment division has spewed lies to the point where he provoked this.”

At the heart of the matter is whether or not The Donald’s show would put him in violation of the network’s equal time rules were he to announce his candidacy now. As usual, those rules are a bit fuzzy, but Politico did some digging and they seem to feel that entertainment shows are fair game for the equal time clause, which would argue in favor of Trump’s position. But O’Donnell argues that if the entertainment branch has solid information about whether or not Trump has committed to another season of The Apprentice, then that is news, darn it, and they should be sharing that with the news division.

But as the author points out, these rules seem to be casually enforced at best and have built-in escape clauses. “News interviews” don’t invoke the clause, so even though Oprah Winfrey’s show is considered entertainment, her spot with President Obama was an “interview” so that was allowed. However, NBC canceled an appearance on Saturday Night Live by Al Sharpton in 2003 when he was running, but then didn’t utter a peep when John McCain did the same show in 2008.

There’s no way that Trump’s own reality show could be considered a “news interview” but the other exceptions which have been made certainly put this into a gray area. The bottom line is that if the NBC news division knows that the Donald is already committed to another season, that would certainly qualify as news right now. But are they obligated to share that with O’Donnell and the rest of the parent company’s news division? It’s a question for the ages. At least until next week.


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If Trump is a member of the GOP then I’m Batman.

darwin-t on April 29, 2011 at 8:43 AM

The bottom line is that if the NBC news division knows that the Donald is already committed to another season, that would certainly qualify as news right now.

It’s also meaningless. Like Trump couldn’t back out of another season(or at the very least postpone it til after the primaries) if he wanted to? Only Trump himself knows what his announcement will be on May 22.

Doughboy on April 29, 2011 at 8:44 AM

If Trump is a member of the GOP then I’m Batman.

darwin-t on April 29, 2011 at 8:43 AM

And I’m Robin!..:)

Dire Straits on April 29, 2011 at 8:45 AM

Larry’s desperate for ratings.

Blake on April 29, 2011 at 8:46 AM

If Trump is a member of the GOP then I’m Batman.

darwin-t on April 29, 2011 at 8:43 AM
And I’m Robin!..:)

Dire Straits on April 29, 2011 at 8:45 AM

And I’m Batgirl…

ladyingray on April 29, 2011 at 8:46 AM

Anyone who can do a perfect imitation of the Michael Ironside character from “Scanners” should never equate other people with monsters.

“Weapons clip” should be weapons magazine. A little thing perhaps, but us gun-collecting, Red Dawn fantasists insist on accuracy.

Bishop on April 29, 2011 at 8:47 AM

I’m the flash

bessex on April 29, 2011 at 8:48 AM

I’m Darksean! (obviously)

Darksean on April 29, 2011 at 8:49 AM

Trump serves yet another purpose as he affords people the opportunity to see just how vile the left is.

Palin has lived in this world – now Trump gets a taste of it.

The question is – will Trump return the attacks (I suspect so) or will he rise above – or will he walk away?

jake-the-goose on April 29, 2011 at 8:49 AM

I’m Commissioner Gordon.

Bishop on April 29, 2011 at 8:49 AM

Typical “full of sound and fury, signifying nothing” rant-o-rama spittle-ladened spewfest one can normally expect to escape the rancid lips of Larry The Loon.

pilamaye on April 29, 2011 at 8:50 AM

I’m Spartacus!

Doughboy on April 29, 2011 at 8:51 AM

And I’m Nightwing.

ZK on April 29, 2011 at 8:51 AM

Trump has a real opportunity right now. He is in the light and should take this chance to talk about issues and present real solid conservative solutions.

Whether he survives – who knows – but he has a chance to use this spotlight. I hope he does.

jake-the-goose on April 29, 2011 at 8:52 AM

And I’m Batgirl…

ladyingray on April 29, 2011 at 8:46 AM

I’m glad to see you made it through the storms. Whew, what a night!

hillbillyjim on April 29, 2011 at 8:53 AM

And I’m Batgirl…

ladyingray on April 29, 2011 at 8:46 AM

Good deal!..:)

Dire Straits on April 29, 2011 at 8:54 AM

I’m Spartacus!

Doughboy on April 29, 2011 at 8:51 AM

LOL!..:)

Dire Straits on April 29, 2011 at 8:54 AM

Trump has a real opportunity right now. He is in the light and should take this chance to talk about issues and present real solid conservative solutions.

Whether he survives – who knows – but he has a chance to use this spotlight. I hope he does.

jake-the-goose on April 29, 2011 at 8:52 AM

He’s not a conservative though, he’s an opportunist.

darwin-t on April 29, 2011 at 8:55 AM

The MSM seems soooo upset about Trump. I mean they are really taking this personally. I don’t recall them getting this upset over Cindy Shehan….or did they and I just don’t remember.

ramrants on April 29, 2011 at 8:57 AM

Get ready for another blast of winter. Woke up to snow, again, in NW Mt. Has Trump got a GOP ID?

Kissmygrits on April 29, 2011 at 8:58 AM

On behalf of the Council on Monster-American Relations, let me state unequivocally that Trump is no Monster. He’s a self-promoting populist with dangerous ideas about how to “fix” problems, like slapping a 25% tariff on goods imported from a country.

The Smoot-Hawley tariff act was one of the causes of the Great Depression. Bueller? Bueller? Bueller?

The Monster on April 29, 2011 at 8:58 AM

He’s not a conservative though, he’s an opportunist.

darwin-t on April 29, 2011 at 8:55 AM

You may be right – but he is serving a purpose.

jake-the-goose on April 29, 2011 at 9:00 AM

And to further insult O’Donnell’s fragile sensibilities, the Donald has taken to dropping the “F” bomb. Oh my.

DrStock on April 29, 2011 at 9:08 AM

If Palin doesn’t run (since Trump is just a stalking horse to give Obama a 2nd term) and we get rid of this American Destroyer in the White House……..

we’re already talking about selling our house and bailing into a rental because the whole thing is going to come down……and if you’re in debt………you’re screwed first.

GOD HELP US.

PappyD61 on April 29, 2011 at 9:09 AM

There is only one real ‘Monster’,and the pheasants,
are going to 1600 Pennsylvania with torchs and
pitchforks!

And on a side note,Pennsylvania sounds alot like
Transylvania!!(sarc)

canopfor on April 29, 2011 at 9:10 AM

I’m glad to see you made it through the storms. Whew, what a night!

hillbillyjim on April 29, 2011 at 8:53 AM

Yes it was! Everything ok on your side of the hill?

ladyingray on April 29, 2011 at 9:10 AM

And to further insult O’Donnell’s fragile sensibilities, the Donald has taken to dropping the “F” bomb. Oh my.

DrStock on April 29, 2011 at 9:08 AM

I’m more concerned that he used a double negative:

“He said he wouldn’t help struggling nations such as South Korea or Libya without payment and promised to use swear words while negotiating with China.

‘I’m not interested in protecting none of them unless they pay,’ he said.”

Doughboy on April 29, 2011 at 9:11 AM

Trumps TrumpTroopaTeer Monsters running amuck,
causing mayhem and kaos,in the early election
cycle!!(snark).

canopfor on April 29, 2011 at 9:12 AM

DrStock on April 29, 2011 at 9:08 AM

I saw that. Like Jake said he’s serving a purpose, a useful tool. My question is, since when is a crowd of 1,000 people “massive”?

Donald Trump on Thursday dropped a barrage of F-bombs at a massive Las Vegas rally where he blasted the president repeatedly and slammed politicians as “blood suckers.”

“Our leaders are stupid, they are stupid people,” he said to the crowd of about 1,000 people at the reception at the Treasure Island casino along the Las Vegas Strip, sponsored by the Clark County GOP and three women’s groups. “It’s just very, very sad.”

Read more: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0411/53919.html#ixzz1KuwTnIus

CTSherman on April 29, 2011 at 9:12 AM

we’re already talking about selling our house and bailing into a rental because the whole thing is going to come down……and if you’re in debt………you’re screwed first.

GOD HELP US.

PappyD61 on April 29, 2011 at 9:09 AM

The wife and I have no debt outside of our mortgage(which thankfully isn’t underwater….yet) and a car that’ll be paid off within a few months. What p-sses me off is we’ve been really responsible and done a good job saving money only to watch those dollars become seriously devalued thanks to this administration and the Fed.

Doughboy on April 29, 2011 at 9:13 AM

Lawrence O’Donnell is a creepy, shrieking gnome. Watching and listening to him reminds me of a backwoods, Catholic hating, racist, liar, fake television evangelist that used to be broadcast on local farm stations in the 50′s. In other words, a democrat.

frizzbee on April 29, 2011 at 9:14 AM

And I am Raz al-Ghul.

JohnGalt23 on April 29, 2011 at 9:14 AM

I’m Bat-mite. Obama is Superman.

kingsjester on April 29, 2011 at 9:15 AM

GOD HELP US.

PappyD61 on April 29, 2011 at 9:09 AM

Steady now – it’s only April of 2011. Good lord.

jake-the-goose on April 29, 2011 at 9:16 AM

I’ll bet NBC will take this guy’s irrelevant ranting about as seriously as they take Trumps.

scalleywag on April 29, 2011 at 9:16 AM

There is only one real ‘Monster’,and the pheasants,
are going to 1600 Pennsylvania with torchs and
pitchforks!

And on a side note,Pennsylvania sounds alot like
Transylvania!!(sarc)

canopfor on April 29, 2011 at 9:10 AM

Would those be ring-necked pheasants?

darwin-t on April 29, 2011 at 9:16 AM

Let him run, the more the merrier.

If Trump is an F-bomb dropper, he may just gain my vote.

Bishop on April 29, 2011 at 9:18 AM

Lawrence O’Donnell is a creepy, shrieking gnome. Watching and listening to him …….

frizzbee on April 29, 2011 at 9:14 AM

Really? Watching and listening to him? both? Really?

jake-the-goose on April 29, 2011 at 9:19 AM

If Lawrence O’Donnell hates him, he can’t be all bad.

petefrt on April 29, 2011 at 9:20 AM

If Trump is an F-bomb dropper, he may just gain my vote.

Bishop on April 29, 2011 at 9:18 AM

I hear you – the one thing people miss when they criticize Trump —- he resonates because he sounds PISSED OFF.

And a lot of people out here are PISSED OFF.

jake-the-goose on April 29, 2011 at 9:20 AM

Everything ok on your side of the hill?

ladyingray on April 29, 2011 at 9:10 AM

No worries here other than the usual.

hillbillyjim on April 29, 2011 at 9:21 AM

There is only one real ‘Monster’,and the pheasants, are going to 1600 Pennsylvania with torchs and
pitchforks! And on a side note,Pennsylvania sounds alot like
Transylvania!!(sarc) canopfor on April 29, 2011 at 9:10 AM

Pheasants don’t have opposable digits. They can’t carry pitchforks.

Akzed on April 29, 2011 at 9:22 AM

canopfor on April 29, 2011 at 9:10 AM
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Would those be ring-necked pheasants?

darwin-t on April 29, 2011 at 9:16 AM

darwin-t:Utelizing the Progressive Superior Ultimate
Morality Mindset,

that would be close,ahem,the “Bitterly/Clinging
Carnival Barkers”,

as Hopey the Fence Progressive Post Turtle said,
affectionately,a few days ago!!:)

canopfor on April 29, 2011 at 9:22 AM

Frankly, I don’t know how people can watch this exploding head on TV. Liberals must enjoy this type of program, since they keep putting people like him behind the camera. Me, I like a little mellow on the broadcasts I watch. I even turn off O’Reilly if he starts squawking or talking over people.

scalleywag on April 29, 2011 at 9:23 AM

No great fan of Trump (I like his refreshing “campaign”), but Trump is no racist.
Any time someone from the left pulls out the race-card, that is a sign of sheer desperation…and they should be ridiculed.
Trump should say “Yeah and I was a guard at Buchwald, I eat kids for breakfast, and want seniors to starve”.
The left needs to be pointed out as fools and idiots for throwing out the RC at every moment, every campaign.

right2bright on April 29, 2011 at 9:23 AM

I’m late to the thread but can I be Darkwing Duck?

I am the terror that flaps in the night, I am the fingernail that scrapes the blackboard of your soul…

Fallon on April 29, 2011 at 9:26 AM

I’m Bat-mite. Obama is Superman.

kingsjester on April 29, 2011 at 9:15 AM

Nice post and blog Bat-mite!..
signed Robin!..:)

Dire Straits on April 29, 2011 at 9:27 AM

NBC has created a monster who is using his NBC fame to spew hatred, reeking with racist overtones and undertones about the president of the United States.

Little beyotch. I know he’s trying to come off as being all hardcore and manly but this is a bonafide Lefty-loon titty attack. I for one hope he continues to get his teeny feelings shattered as Trump continues to tear Obama apart limb from limb.

RepubChica on April 29, 2011 at 9:27 AM

Let him run, the more the merrier.

If Trump is an F-bomb dropper, he may just gain my vote.

Bishop on April 29, 2011 at 9:18 AM

Bishop:H*lluva good point,ya know,Dick Cheney ought to
have a GOP/Tea Party Seminar,

on the Art of Bird Hunting….Bring a Democrat
along day,and one that is sure to be a hit,and
booked solid,

in the fine art,of how to tell,your Democrat
to go and,”BOINK HIMSELF/or/HERSELF/Or IT”!:)

canopfor on April 29, 2011 at 9:28 AM

Dire Straits on April 29, 2011 at 9:27 AM

Thankyaverymuch!

kingsjester on April 29, 2011 at 9:28 AM

Fallon on April 29, 2011 at 9:26 AM

You MAY! Lol

scalleywag on April 29, 2011 at 9:28 AM

GOD HELP US.

PappyD61 on April 29, 2011 at 9:09 AM
Steady now – it’s only April of 2011. Good lord.

jake-the-goose on April 29, 2011 at 9:16 AM

jake-the-goose:Well,in my book,it goes back to Jan 20th,
2009,America Held Hostage Part Deux!

canopfor on April 29, 2011 at 9:30 AM

canopfor on April 29, 2011 at 9:30 AM

Understood.

jake-the-goose on April 29, 2011 at 9:32 AM

At the heart of the matter is whether or not The Donald’s show would put him in violation of the network’s equal time rules were he to announce his candidacy now.

Why do we treat Crazy Lawrence as a serious person. He is quite deranged.

faraway on April 29, 2011 at 9:33 AM

The left needs to be pointed out as fools and idiots for throwing out the RC at every moment, every campaign.

right2bright on April 29, 2011 at 9:23 AM

This

faraway on April 29, 2011 at 9:33 AM

Pheasants don’t have opposable digits. They can’t carry pitchforks.

Akzed on April 29, 2011 at 9:22 AM

Akzed:Well,really,have you seen that little part tucked
away in the HealthCare Bill,on a billion dollars
for Dr Soro Island,Pheasant to Peasant Experiments!
(snark)

Ugh,forgot to take the H,out of Pheasants!!

canopfor on April 29, 2011 at 9:36 AM

There is only one real ‘Monster’,and the pheasants,are going to 1600 Pennsylvania with torchs and
pitchforks!

And on a side note,Pennsylvania sounds alot like
Transylvania!!(sarc)

canopfor on April 29, 2011 at 9:10 AM

Would those be ring-necked pheasants?
darwin-t on April 29, 2011 at 9:16 AM

Thousands of flaming birds in the street. A thought to contemplate, a sight to behold.

Mr. Grump on April 29, 2011 at 9:43 AM

This is typical . . . all of the Obama cultists collectively wet themselves when Trump trashes their little king. They had better buy a lot of Depends because this is only the beginning.

rplat on April 29, 2011 at 9:45 AM

If Trump is a member of the GOP then I’m Batman.

darwin-t on April 29, 2011 at 8:43 AM

Sit down.

teke184 on April 29, 2011 at 9:48 AM

darwin-t on April 29, 2011 at 9:16 AM
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Thousands of flaming birds in the street. A thought to contemplate, a sight to behold.

Mr. Grump on April 29, 2011 at 9:43 AM

Mr. Grump:Lol,what a vision!

canopfor on April 29, 2011 at 9:49 AM

Yeah this was funny when I first read about it 2 days ago on another site. Did you hear that Obama released his long form birth certificate?

echosyst on April 29, 2011 at 9:49 AM

NBC has created a monster who is using his NBC fame to spew hatred, reeking with racist overtones and undertones about the president of the United States

We can look back in history and see the evils of those times. But it’s hard to see the evil in the current time. Not enough perspective.

When we look back on this age, we’ll see it was the race-baiters like this guy, and some black leaders, and Democrats in general, who stirred the pot with accusations of racism, who were the evil of our time.

Paul-Cincy on April 29, 2011 at 9:52 AM

O’Donnell is living proof that liberalism is a mental disorder. If anyone outside of his immediate family listens to this psycho then they suffer from the same ailment.

volsense on April 29, 2011 at 10:07 AM

darwin-t on April 29, 2011 at 8:43 AM

Trump is the Joker.

MJBrutus on April 29, 2011 at 10:09 AM

This is typical . . . all of the Obama cultists collectively wet themselves when Trump trashes their little king. They had better buy a lot of Depends because this is only the beginning.

rplat on April 29, 2011 at 9:45 AM

If it bleeds, it can be destroyed.

Roy Rogers on April 29, 2011 at 10:11 AM

Now Trump is dropping F-bombs galore on just about everybody. I have to think that he will be flaming out real soon, and hope this happens. But at least he did accomplish something; he got Obama to release the birth certificate. If Trump could get Obama to release his “report cards” from college and then go away, that would work for me.

Really Right on April 29, 2011 at 10:57 AM

I’m Cat Woman!

IowaWoman on April 29, 2011 at 10:58 AM

The Donald… Fair but Balanced… er… Two-Faced and Imbalanced…
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Just like any unleashed dawg…prone to peeing pretty much everywhere.
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I still like what he did to Barry though… Hump Zero’s leg some more Donny…
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RalphyBoy on April 29, 2011 at 11:31 AM

I am Humpbot.

Dino64 on April 29, 2011 at 11:50 AM

Smoke is frequently seen emanating from O’Donnel’s ears on a regular basis. He ought to have that checked. Could be a blown gasket.

wildweasel on April 29, 2011 at 2:30 PM

I get the O’Donnell’s mixed up, there are so many similarities…

right2bright on April 29, 2011 at 2:48 PM

NBC has created a monster

I think The Donald would argue that he created his own persona.

disa on April 29, 2011 at 3:07 PM