Great moments in media: Major network host challenges candidate’s son to a fistfight

posted at 10:41 am on October 19, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

Major network?  It’s difficult to remember sometimes, but MSNBC is a part of NBC News and not an arm of Ringling Brothers.  However, the clowns do come out at night, and Larry O’Donnell led the parade last night with one of the more ridiculous demonstrations of outrageous outrage in recent American broadcasting.  O’Donnell takes Tagg Romney’s joke about wanting to take a swing at President Obama when Obama kept asserting that his father was lying during the debate, and turns it into this Johnson-measuring moment that went on for almost three minutes.

And it wouldn’t be complete without the gratuitous class-warfare nonsense, as O’Donnell whines about his underprivileged childhood as a way to suggest that Tagg can’t handle himself mano a mano:

Real Clear Politics calls this “a tense moment.”  I’d use other adjectives, such as “embarrassing,” “idiotic,” “puerile,” and “unprofessional.”  This is, though, apparently what NBC News believes enhances their credibility as a news organization.  Hey, they have nowhere to go but up from this.


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Fake accent, fake tough guy.

keepinitreal on October 19, 2012 at 10:42 AM

I don’t comment on the mentally ill.

cww on October 19, 2012 at 10:43 AM

This is, though, apparently what NBC News believes enhances their credibility as a news organization. Hey, they have nowhere to go but up from this.

Oh yeah? I think you’ll be reevaluating that statement, Ed, after we see the response from the NBC/MSNBC anchors on Election Night.

Doughboy on October 19, 2012 at 10:43 AM

they have nowhere to go but up from this.

That implies that they WANT to go up. MSNBC is perfectly content skimming the bottom IMO.

Gatsu on October 19, 2012 at 10:44 AM

I guess Tagg should have said he wanted to throw a shoe at Obama.

eforhan on October 19, 2012 at 10:44 AM

as O’Donnell whines about his underprivileged childhood

The son of a noted Boston attorney, went to private schools his whole life, went onto Harvard…yeah, real underprivileged, I bet he marched with MLK…

right2bright on October 19, 2012 at 10:45 AM

O’Donnell is just compensating for his small pension.

RINO in Name Only on October 19, 2012 at 10:45 AM

liberals are incredibly stupid. Not all stupid people are liberals, but all liberals are stupid people.

ultracon on October 19, 2012 at 10:45 AM

He uses the word “wicked” as a qualifier – he gotta be from the hood in Boston.

Slade73 on October 19, 2012 at 10:46 AM

This is how you act when you know your guy is about to lose the election.

Keyser-Soze on October 19, 2012 at 10:46 AM

I’m surprised O’Donnell didn’t throw in some more digs about Mormons and wives.

GarandFan on October 19, 2012 at 10:46 AM

Nothing defines a man like challenging Mormon to a fight…I personally prefer Buddhists to show my manhood, but a Mormon is a good warm up…Larry, probably a few Amish you can take down for a warm-up…

right2bright on October 19, 2012 at 10:47 AM

Uncle Crazy has now gone from some douchebag who wrote fiction for a make-believe West Wing to being a douchebag who can no longer tell the difference between reality and fantasy. Go try your luck with a wet paper bag, Larry. You might stand a chance of landing an effective punch.

cicerone on October 19, 2012 at 10:47 AM

New tone.

VinceOfDoom on October 19, 2012 at 10:48 AM

I’m sure Tagg will take you up on your challenge Larry – after his father finishes his 2 terms as President. I’ll pay to see it.

Flora Duh on October 19, 2012 at 10:48 AM

In O’Donnell’s defense, he did just get done watching The Departed before going on the air.

keepinitreal on October 19, 2012 at 10:48 AM

CREEPY LIAR!!

playblu on October 19, 2012 at 10:48 AM

How smart is it to threaten someone on camera? Is THIS something that will grow in the “new” media? This scumbag should be fired.

HomeoftheBrave on October 19, 2012 at 10:48 AM

MSNBC is perfectly content skimming the bottom IMO.

Gatsu on October 19, 2012 at 10:44 AM

They jealously guard that portion of their market share.

BobMbx on October 19, 2012 at 10:48 AM

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LevinFan on October 19, 2012 at 10:49 AM

I get the impression that the closest this twinky ever got to a throw down was when a girl threw his beanie in the mud. No one. NO ONE who has ever been in a real violent situation would be so stupid as to give first shot. Playground bravado.

ronsfi on October 19, 2012 at 10:49 AM

Larry used to run with the Boondock’s Saints

Slade73 on October 19, 2012 at 10:49 AM

Major Network Host? Did HA link the wrong video to this story?

Sam Widge on October 19, 2012 at 10:49 AM

Nothing defines a man like challenging Mormon to a fight…I personally prefer Buddhists to show my manhood, but a Mormon is a good warm up…Larry, probably a few Amish you can take down for a warm-up…

right2bright on October 19, 2012 at 10:47 AM

Anyone who picks a fight with the Amish, who still do everything by physical labor is a moron.

BKennedy on October 19, 2012 at 10:49 AM

It’s MSDNC polishing its image, and attempting some “product differentiation” — just so you don’t mistake them for FoxNews, or PBS or something.

Scriptor on October 19, 2012 at 10:50 AM

I bet he got his ass kicked everyday in that neighborhood. Especially when he would say, as a sixteen year old, “Oh yea, I’m telling my mommy”.

msupertas on October 19, 2012 at 10:50 AM

This sad piece of sh!t is going to be crying like a little girl on Nov.7.
Oh, and he should be fired. Not a speck of professionalism left in the lefty media.

SailorMark on October 19, 2012 at 10:50 AM

I D I O T

cmsinaz on October 19, 2012 at 10:51 AM

BTW, Tagg is a cool name, in business you can bet no one forgets his name, and everyone knows who Tagg is…but hey, Lawrence/Larry your name is just super!!

right2bright on October 19, 2012 at 10:52 AM

There’s nothing more hysterical than a Lefty b-boy trying to sound as if he’s a man.

RobertMN on October 19, 2012 at 10:52 AM

The son of a noted Boston attorney, went to private schools his whole life, went onto Harvard…yeah, real underprivileged, I bet he marched with MLK…

right2bright on October 19, 2012 at 10:45 AM

You beat me to it. What utter nonsense!

Blake on October 19, 2012 at 10:52 AM

Smart ass punk . . . name the time and place and I’m sure you’ll have sufficient takers.

rplat on October 19, 2012 at 10:52 AM

There’s nothing more hysterical than a Lefty b-boy trying to sound as if he’s a man.

RobertMN on October 19, 2012 at 10:52 AM

Actually he claims he is to the left of the leftist liberals, he call himself a classic European Socialist…

right2bright on October 19, 2012 at 10:53 AM

Nothing defines a man like challenging Mormon to a fight…I personally prefer Buddhists to show my manhood, but a Mormon is a good warm up…Larry, probably a few Amish you can take down for a warm-up…

right2bright on October 19, 2012 at 10:47 AM

Anyone who picks a fight with the Amish, who still do everything by physical labor is a moron.

BKennedy on October 19, 2012 at 10:49 AM

Heh. My first thought too upon reading that. Strapping corn-eating farmers and carpenters… yeah, go get ‘em Larry.

Gingotts on October 19, 2012 at 10:53 AM

what a complete clown this lawrence o’donnell clown is.

And yes lawrence boy, I’d love to take a swing at you!!

It’s gonna be fun watching the meltdown when Mitt sends that Marxist clown back to Chicago!!

LevinFan on October 19, 2012 at 10:53 AM

Wow! Clint’s got nothin’ on this guy! I bet the next thing he’ll tell us is that he doesn’t use Viagra…

yubley on October 19, 2012 at 10:53 AM

Btw, was that a Cagney impression? Why yes, yes, I think it was.

Seth Halpern on October 19, 2012 at 10:54 AM

I D I O T

cmsinaz on October 19, 2012 at 10:51 AM

Or as the boy king would spell it: I D O I T

Flora Duh on October 19, 2012 at 10:54 AM

Proof that O’Donnell is an idiot.

sadatoni on October 19, 2012 at 10:54 AM

I bet he got his ass kicked everyday in that neighborhood. Especially when he would say, as a sixteen year old, “Oh yea, I’m telling my mommy”.

msupertas on October 19, 2012 at 10:50 AM

No, he went to private schools his whole life…he was a person of “privilege”…

right2bright on October 19, 2012 at 10:54 AM

I love how this clown thinks he’s such a tough guy, actually gets up and starts walking towards the camera!!

And Lawrence, many of us that love our country would love to take a swing at obama!

LevinFan on October 19, 2012 at 10:55 AM

If that clip doesn’t reek of desperation and despair I don’t know what does. I enjoyed every second of it.

patriette on October 19, 2012 at 10:55 AM

It reminds me of this.

SoFlaCon on October 19, 2012 at 10:55 AM

Well, he is a self-proclaimed socialist … that explains a lot.

darwin on October 19, 2012 at 10:55 AM

How does Lawrence feel about taking on , all comers, hmmm?

Bmore on October 19, 2012 at 10:55 AM

MSLSD must be so proud.I think there is an opening in Current TV’s lineup in the 5PM slot say in January.

jeffinsjvca on October 19, 2012 at 10:55 AM

Tagg would pop him like zit

dts-01 on October 19, 2012 at 10:55 AM

His goal is to distract from the main mission. Since O’Donnell would have to go upstairs to crawl in a sewer, my advice is to not waste time with rats.

EdmundBurke247 on October 19, 2012 at 10:55 AM

His father was an attorney, he went to an elite private high school and then to Harvard. Please spare me the “my section of Boston” crap. Also please spare me that ridiculously fake Boston accent.

vegconservative on October 19, 2012 at 10:56 AM

Anyone who has ever watched Lawrence O’Donnell realizes he has serious emotional problems (about 5 innings short of a complete game as we in the Detroit area would say today).

bw222 on October 19, 2012 at 10:56 AM

MSNBC is not a major network.

bayview on October 19, 2012 at 10:56 AM

Tonight, Rachel Maddow will challenge Ann Romney to a jello wrestling match!

Night Owl on October 19, 2012 at 10:56 AM

Dumbshit.

He had FOUR freaking brothers…… Who do you think he might have thrown with before leaving the house every day?

I’m also Irish, have three brothers, and I cannot remember going a week without some pugalistic event. If O’Dumbell came from such a hardscabble place, he’d know this. Faker.

O’Dumbell just lost all of his Workig-Class Hero cred.

Shaughnessy on October 19, 2012 at 10:57 AM

Lean Forward…

INTO MY FIST!

Nethicus on October 19, 2012 at 10:57 AM

You’re da** right that O’Donnell’s pissed! Taggart is distracting the MSM from the important issues of the campaign – Binders!

parke on October 19, 2012 at 10:57 AM

Over 50 years ago they defined guys like Larry…

right2bright on October 19, 2012 at 10:57 AM

What makes it all the more idiotic is that the radio interview was so benign! It was beyond obvious that Romney’s son was joking.

BettyRuth on October 19, 2012 at 10:57 AM

O’Donnell is a socialist punk. He also attacked Mitt’s Mormon’s faith, and Ann Romney for riding a horse.

TarheelBen on October 19, 2012 at 10:58 AM

Tagg was asked how he felt. He felt like slugging Obama after he called his Dad a liar. Is it beyond O’Donnell that not every feeling you have should be cultivated, and not every impulse you have should be acted on? Yes, it IS beyond O’Donnell. In fact, in the interview, Tagg explained this rather well. O’Donnell STILL doesn’t get it.

I didn’t watch O’Donnell’s part, because I can imagine how sick it was. I don’t need to cultivate that side of me! See how easy it is to make a smart decision?

Paul-Cincy on October 19, 2012 at 10:58 AM

Nothing defines a man like challenging Mormon to a fight…I personally prefer Buddhists to show my manhood, but a Mormon is a good warm up…Larry, probably a few Amish you can take down for a warm-up…

I often travel though Amish country in WI. You don’t want to mess with anyone who can toss bales of hay — or Lefty b-boys like the emasculated O”Donnell — into a wagon all day long.

RobertMN on October 19, 2012 at 10:58 AM

Crazy commie Larry strikes again. Liar, creepy liar. Comcast must just love having this kook on their payroll. I am assuming Comcast and NBCU have corporate policies about violence or threats in the workplace. I guess threatening non employees doesnt count. My cable bill pays this idiots salary. Time to consider switching providers.

Philly on October 19, 2012 at 10:58 AM

Reading the headline is enough to tell me I do not to watch that imbecile. It is hilarious though, isn’t it? An outlet that’s trying to establish itself (and continually fails) as the lefty answer to cable “news” is only capable of hiring “talent” like this? I doubt any credible journalist would want to be caught dead associating with the likes of most MSNBC hosts/hostesses. Or should I says horses a$$e$.

scalleywag on October 19, 2012 at 10:58 AM

I don’t comment on the mentally ill.

cww on October 19, 2012 at 10:43 AM

Seriously. Give the guy a break. Pointing and laughing at him is rude. His mother already has enough on her plate as it is, because this was neither her choice nor his.

mintycrys on October 19, 2012 at 10:58 AM

Hey Larry, I’m your huckleberry. Playing for blood is just my game.

tommyboy on October 19, 2012 at 10:58 AM

O’Donnell would raise no concern if you knew he was waiting for you after school. Except he’s the type who’d be waiting with four-five dumasses like himself. Rachel Maddow however. She’d worry you a bit. And she’d be man enough to wait for you alone. Rachel mas macho than Larry.

curved space on October 19, 2012 at 10:58 AM

IRONY.

Now the So Called Un-biased Media wants to actually and PHYSICALLY want to do Hopey the Boy King’s fighting for him.

Protect Dear Leader at all costs whackos.

FlaMurph on October 19, 2012 at 10:58 AM

Kinda funny watching their dreams unravel. The night of Nov. 6th is going to be a fun time at our house. Might even get my wife to drink a little wine.

a capella on October 19, 2012 at 10:59 AM

It’s real easy to play the tough guy when you’re separated by hundreds of miles and television cameras and cables.

I doubt this load would be talking like that when he was actually face to face with Tagg (or anybody with a pulse).

UltimateBob on October 19, 2012 at 11:00 AM

After these last couple of years I am no longer shocked by anything any MSDNC person does. What does continue to surprise me is that NBC associates themselves with this insane clown posse. Just one more example that shows journalism is dead.

juliesa on October 19, 2012 at 11:00 AM

This pansie couldn’t fight his way out of a wet paper bag.

Hmm, paper bag – hey Allah, how close are you to the MSNBC studio?

Flora Duh on October 19, 2012 at 11:01 AM

and Maybe this gets Rachel frothy enough to switch teams ???

If not, but for just one night ?

FlaMurph on October 19, 2012 at 11:01 AM

Imagine his outburst if someone had said they wanted to take a swipe at Romney. hahahahahahaha

scalleywag on October 19, 2012 at 11:01 AM

Heard this over the radio this morning.
All I could do is ROFLMAO.
Thanks for the giggles, dearie.

pambi on October 19, 2012 at 11:02 AM

I watch Lawrence Odonnell occasionaly. a coupe of years ago he was a rational human being.But in the last 12 months he’s gone nuts.

I think he has early onset whack a doodleness

gerrym51 on October 19, 2012 at 11:02 AM

Now the So Called Un-biased Media…

FlaMurph on October 19, 2012 at 10:58 AM

I see what you did there, and I like it.

UltimateBob on October 19, 2012 at 11:02 AM

What a pansy. You have to love it when these light in the loafer poofs, like Larry, talk tough.

It sounds like an open invitation to anyone who is disgusted by O’Donnell.

Hope someone cold cocks him.

there it is on October 19, 2012 at 11:02 AM

But remember, it’s the Tea Party that’s violent and bigoted, and the left is peaceful and tolerant. I know that because MSNBC always tells me so.

RadClown on October 19, 2012 at 11:03 AM

The liberals are so desperate they are resorting to bullying. Laughable. I can see Nov. 6 from my porch. Eat it, moonbats. Get back on your meds.

Philly on October 19, 2012 at 11:03 AM

I volunteer to be on the undercard and fight Chris Matthews. He can even bring Rev. “Resist We Much” Sharpton for a handicap match. However, I refuse to fight that dude Maddow. That dude is scary!

Rockshine on October 19, 2012 at 11:03 AM

Let’s call this my Van Jones moment, but Larry O’Donnell is a Douche (notice I capitalized it). What a sack of crap, making fun of Tagg’s name? Really? Is this 6th grade or what? I can add “infantile” to the list of descriptors here. Sheesh!

College Prof on October 19, 2012 at 11:03 AM

I often travel though Amish country in WI. You don’t want to mess with anyone who can toss bales of hay — or Lefty b-boys like the emasculated O”Donnell — into a wagon all day long.

RobertMN on October 19, 2012 at 10:58 AM

The point being, they won’t fight back even if they know they have the advantage…Larry, like most bully’s, pick on people they know won’t fight them, not that they can beat them, but they know they won’t fight them…that’s the lot of a pacifist, they accept bully’s as part of their life, they just rise above them.

Larry was a buffoon, and that is Tagg’s ultimate take down…

right2bright on October 19, 2012 at 11:03 AM

Lawrence O’Donnell’s father was an attorney and Lawrence attended private schools and went on to Harvard.

I guess his idea of ‘underprivileged’ is the same as Obama’s.

thatsafactjack on October 19, 2012 at 11:03 AM

Maybe he will get Big Bird to back him up.

tbrickert on October 19, 2012 at 11:05 AM

Big difference is one was joking and one was well, serious.

tomas on October 19, 2012 at 11:05 AM

Fake tough guy. There’s a million of them, just like O’Donnell.

They always flinch as soon as you get up.

MadisonConservative on October 19, 2012 at 11:05 AM

put ‘em up !…. I said, put ‘em Up!

Larry the cowardly Lion, oooh- what a bad a$$ !

All these jokers protecting The Wizard of Oz…Priceless

FlaMurph on October 19, 2012 at 11:06 AM

Did Larry just flash eight fingers briefly during his ignorant rant? Tagg should be very cautious…O’Donnell may be a member of The Van Buren Boys!

heddly_lamar on October 19, 2012 at 11:06 AM

I kinda want to take a shot against Larry myself.

Hey Larry, I’m from the Detroit area.
Wanna do a few rounds?
And no a few “rounds” refers to something other then fisticuffs.

Ok , I’m talking bourbon. Who thought I was implying something else?

mechkiller_k on October 19, 2012 at 11:06 AM

Did he really just say, “Paht of Bawstahn”?

“Father a liah” hahaha

I actually feel bad for these guys.

happytobehere on October 19, 2012 at 11:06 AM

When did Jerry Springer become an MSNBC producer?

Barnestormer on October 19, 2012 at 11:07 AM

The complete melt down of MSNBC.

Tater Salad on October 19, 2012 at 11:07 AM

I often travel though Amish country in WI. You don’t want to mess with anyone who can toss bales of hay — or Lefty b-boys like the emasculated O”Donnell — into a wagon all day long.

RobertMN on October 19, 2012 at 10:58 AM

An Amish with a ‘tude? You know that’s unheard of.

RINO in Name Only on October 19, 2012 at 11:07 AM

Umm, wth was that??? MSNBC reaches new lows that I never thought possible on a regular basis. I hope the SS visits him for his little stunt. I’d make that man cry.

TXMomof3 on October 19, 2012 at 11:07 AM

This guy has a deep, deep issue with his confidence. If he feels such action makes him seem tough, he is dead wrong.
Inside he has to know that Tagg is going to ignore him. As he should.

That was an empty threat if there ever was one.
Hollow man, indeed.

Jabberwock on October 19, 2012 at 11:09 AM

Call this my Van Jones moment, but O’Donnell is a Douche (with a capital D). Making fun of Tagg’s name? Really? Is he reverting to 6th grade? Whadda maroon! Sheesh!

College Prof on October 19, 2012 at 11:09 AM

Do you know what would be funny? Calling Larry’s bluff…

Saying they will put up $100,000 to charity, for 3 rounds in the ring…and watch Larry squirm to get out of it…I know a bluff, most of us do, when we see it, and Larry would buckle.

62 year old guy, against a fit 42 year old…yeah, a good way to raise money for charity and watch Larry squirm…

right2bright on October 19, 2012 at 11:09 AM

Let’s see…. Liberals tell us we should raise our kids without violence, and to control their baser instincts toward such. Sounds like the Romneys were perfect parents who raised a decent young man.

So, Larry, what’s the problem?

Oh, rules and standard are for other people. I see.

MassVictim on October 19, 2012 at 11:09 AM

I got a hundred says Tagg whips his ass.

Tater Salad on October 19, 2012 at 11:09 AM

Maybe he will get Big Bird to back him up.

tbrickert on October 19, 2012 at 11:05 AM

I understand Big Bird has decided to vote for Romney.

TarheelBen on October 19, 2012 at 11:10 AM

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