NYT: Can you believe Fox was talking about this fertilizer explosion instead of guns today?

posted at 8:41 pm on April 18, 2013 by Mary Katharine Ham

Look, I’m happy to talk about the different approaches Fox and MSNBC took to the gun debate. Frankly, I think it reflects quite well on Fox, as New York Times media reporter Brian Stelter’s complaint against Fox illustrates.

Fox is usually accused by other media sources of cheerleading for a conservative cause, but in this case, Stelter points out Fox didn’t cover the gun debate as much, or as emotionally, as MSNBC did. As a Fox News Contributor, I’ve talked about guns probably four times in the last several months, at least once (maybe twice) on the network’s highest rated show— “The O’Reilly Factor”—on which I was up against two people far more friendly to gun-control legislation than I am, by the way. I appear on the network only several times a week, not every day, so that feels like a fair amount of gun talk to me. But let’s use Stelter’s own example of the disparity, from this morning, in which he seems to bemoan that “Fox & Friends” didn’t properly bemoan the failure of the background check bill in the Senate during this morning’s broadcast:

Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski, the co-hosts of MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” have openly campaigned for legislative reforms after the mass shooting at an elementary school in Newtown, Conn., in December, which left 20 children dead.

On Thursday, Mr. Scarborough, a registered Republican who promotes his conservative credentials as well as his independent streak, assailed the lawmakers who voted against the background check legislation. Citing the failed Senate vote as evidence, Mr. Scarborough said, “This party is moving toward extinction.”

That would come as news to Fox fans, who have heard comparatively little about the subject. While most of “Joe” was dedicated to guns on Thursday, Fox’s morning show, “Fox & Friends,” didn’t mention the word once. It focused instead on news about a Texas fertilizer plant explosion.

So, one morning show was home to two unabashed, unofficial lobbyists for gun control, and they spent the entire morning lecturing those who had not voted for their favored legislation, with furrowed brows, calling one party “extinct” despite the glaringly obvious political fact that most of 2014′s competitive Senate elections take place in pro-gun territories. The other morning show “focused instead on news about a Texas fertilizer plant explosion.”

Which explosion was that? The massive fertilizer plant explosion that rocked an entire region, with casualties feared in the high double digits and injuries to over 150? The explosion that happened just hours before the broadcast and featured dramatic live and viral video from the scene? The one that sent shock waves 45 miles across the state of Texas and a chill down the backs of citizens too often besieged by fiery, unexpected tragedies this week? The one that was an ongoing threat to surrounding areas because of the highly flammable nature of fertilizer, had not been definitively deemed an accident, and had ATF agents heading down to its location just north of Waco, Texas? That explosion? Because I’m pretty comfortable with that editorial decision.

The “Morning Joe” crew, on the other hand, may want to think about whether several hours of moralizing on a bill that was sunk by a bipartisan group of pro-gun senators, received far fewer votes than a pro-gun amendment offered the same day, and was going to fail in the House anyway was more important than covering a breaking news story about the violent deaths of more than a dozen Americans in West, Texas.

Among Fox’s other sins, not giving enough coverage to Wayne LaPierre, or something, leaving me quite unclear on exactly what posture the network should take, in the eyes of the writer. And, it cut away early from President Obama’s Rose Garden speech, which I must say I would have stayed with. That there was good TV.

Another media reporter, Politico‘s Dylan Byers, has a better bead on what’s actually going on here in “Gun debate triggers media bias.”

If you thought President Obama was outraged after the Senate killed the plan to expand background checks on guns, you should have seen some members of the press.

Even by the standards of today’s partisan media environment, the response has been noteworthy. Television hosts, editorial boards, and even some reporters have aggressively criticized and shamed the 46 Senators who opposed the plan, while some have even taken to actively soliciting the public to contact them directly.

The decision by some members of the media to come down so firmly on one side of a policy debate has only served to reinforce conservatives’ longstanding suspicions that the mainstream media has a deep-seated liberal bias…

Nonetheless, leading media figures and outlets still tried to shame the Senate. CNN’s Piers Morgan, a longstanding gun control advocate, called the Senate “a pathetic, gutless bunch of cowards.” MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough said the American people had been “insulted,” and called it “a turning point in the history of the Republican Party.” The New York Times published a scathing editorial from Gabrielle Giffords, who accused the Senate of being “in the gun lobby’s grip,” and the Huffington Post splashed the images of shooting victims across the top of its homepage below the headline: “No Justice.”

Others went beyond criticism and embraced advocacy. The New York Daily News, which had published a crusading series of covers criticizing politicians for their opposition to gun control, ran photographs of the 46 Senators who had opposed allowing a vote on the background check measure alongside a phone number, urging readers to call and complain. HuffPo’s Ryan Grim similarly published those Senators’ Twitter handles urging readers to “let them know how you feel.” MSNBC’s Mika Brzezinski took to Twitter herself and wrote 46 separate tweets publicly shaming those Senators.


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Joe Scarborough is as much a Republican as Pope Francis is Muslim.

Corporal Tunnel on April 18, 2013 at 8:48 PM

First?

ksbsnowowl on April 18, 2013 at 8:48 PM

Stunted, bucktoothed, halitosis-spewing, liberal media whores are outraged, must be a day that ends with “Y”.

Bishop on April 18, 2013 at 8:48 PM

Yeah, the nerve. Like those people, if you can call them that, in flyover country actually matter.

abobo on April 18, 2013 at 8:49 PM

The NYT’s dictating Fox’s content is like me dictating Peyton Mannings throwing style.

Odie1941 on April 18, 2013 at 8:50 PM

Lefties on the NE coast living in the center of the world, NYC, think talking about banning scary looking guns — that are functionally equivalent to guns that have been around about a century and that American citizens have been buying and owning all of that time — is much more important than talking about an accident in redneck fly-over country that kills many people in a massive explosion, the kind that occurs only every decade or so.

farsighted on April 18, 2013 at 8:50 PM

To the left, when 60 people die in a red state, it’s not news. Look at the slanted coverage vs. the Marathon bombing. The same thing happened during Katrina. Sure, New Orleans was news, but the Gulfport Mississippi devastation was ignored. They shrug at dead hicks in Jesusland.

Corporal Tunnel on April 18, 2013 at 8:52 PM

yes, yes…We find out that the media is left on abortion because of Gosnell…and now we find out that they are left on Guns

and….that they just can’t deal with other people’s points of view.

who knew /

r keller on April 18, 2013 at 8:52 PM

Stir up the mob. Torches and pitchforks for all who do not march lockstep.

Grunt on April 18, 2013 at 8:52 PM

Texas doesn’t exit for dem special times folks.

losarkos on April 18, 2013 at 8:55 PM

NYT: Can you believe Fox was talking about this fertilizer explosion instead of guns today?
=======================

The News Gawds are making it so,

let it be said,so it is written!

Er,wait that smacks of Pure Crazy Talk!
(sarc)

canopfor on April 18, 2013 at 8:59 PM

Number of votes for the legislation > number of viewers of Morning Schmoe.

gregbert on April 18, 2013 at 9:00 PM

To many conservatives, of course, the Huffington Post, Piers Morgan, and even Scarborough, a moderate conservative, are part of an East Coast media elite that is disconnected from the true American worldview. The fact that they’re all rallying behind the Manchin-Toomey plan only reinforces that sense of distance.

“I don’t think anybody thinks of these guys as journalists. They are essentially the avatars of the upper West Side media culture in New York,” Rick Wilson, the Republican media strategist, said. “They are not objective, fair-minded journalists, and they are not in touch with the concerns of ordinary Americans.”

And there you have it.

sentinelrules on April 18, 2013 at 9:01 PM

Sorry libtards..the gun debate is over. GFY.

HumpBot Salvation on April 18, 2013 at 9:01 PM

GAYS / GUNS / AMNESTY

24/7/365, no one must divert from the chosen jihad of the media.

If you do, you must be Alinsky’d.

PappyD61 on April 18, 2013 at 9:01 PM

I really have a feeling that the republicans can make huge inroads over the next year if they can just not be the stupid party. (By pushing amnesty)

They are with America on the gun issue (as seen by the dem defeat the last time they pushed this crap) and the complete collapse of o care over the next year will show who was right in the health care debate.

Just don’t f it up dummies.

traye on April 18, 2013 at 9:02 PM

You know The New York Times, the White House, and your other usual liberal subjects in the media and Washington already had game-planned out their messaging for the day after the vote, since they knew in advance it was going down. The plan was today would be wall-to-wall coverage on the failure of the gun bill, and tying that to the fact that Republicans are so in love with their guns they want children to die.

Everything was set up, and then — in their minds — this damn fertilizer plant near Waco has to spectacularly blow up, and literally and figuratively suck all the oxygen out of the area. Setzer’s anger at Fox is simply because Fox is the default target of the New York Times, but all the other networks had to cover it, especially since they had been going wall-to-wall Monday and Tuesday with the Boston Marathon terror bombings, and at least five times as many people died in West as died on Boylston Street (at least for the left if West actually was 20 miles west of Waco, it would be near Crawford, and they could spin some sort of conspiracy theory that this was Bush’s fault and was done to take the attention off the Senate gun votes).

jon1979 on April 18, 2013 at 9:02 PM

To the left, when 60 people die in a red state, it’s not news. Look at the slanted coverage vs. the Marathon bombing. The same thing happened during Katrina. Sure, New Orleans was news, but the Gulfport Mississippi devastation was ignored. They shrug at dead hicks in Jesusland.

Corporal Tunnel on April 18, 2013 at 8:52 PM

THIS +999,999,999,999,999,999,999,999,999,999.

PappyD61 on April 18, 2013 at 9:03 PM

So, how much time did the Ghey Lady spend on Gosnell?

davidk on April 18, 2013 at 9:03 PM

Stunted, bucktoothed, halitosis-spewing, liberal media whores are outraged, must be a day that ends with “Y”.

Bishop on April 18, 2013 at 8:48 PM

You misspelled “presstitutes”.

Steve Eggleston on April 18, 2013 at 9:05 PM

Seriously? I thought FNC was attempting to dignify the horror the people of West, TX are going through because most coverage has been about Boston. This is why I watch Fox guys.

Connie on April 18, 2013 at 9:05 PM

Sorry libtards..the gun debate is over. GFY.

HumpBot Salvation on April 18, 2013 at 9:01 PM

^^^THIS

Electrongod on April 18, 2013 at 9:05 PM

“in the gun lobby’s grip,”

Yeah. You’ll never see her complain about whose grip her cronies are in.

yhxqqsn on April 18, 2013 at 9:05 PM

Speaking of which, you know the presstitute whoring is bad when Politico calls them out on it.

Steve Eggleston on April 18, 2013 at 9:06 PM

When there are more people with jobs than gun owners in America then maybe American would even listen to a gun debate. Until then, what they would like to know is how they are going to feed their family. (Some are thinking, “I might need my gun to feed my family, mmm squirrel.”

traye on April 18, 2013 at 9:07 PM

Does Obama even know where Texas is? As for the liberal MSM “elite intelligentsia”, they’re just throwing a childhood temper tantrum because they didn’t get their way. Couldn’t convince a majority of the rightness of their legislation – so they’re mad.

BTW – in a national poll, only 4% of the public view ‘gun control’ as a critical issue.

GarandFan on April 18, 2013 at 9:07 PM

GAYS / GUNS / AMNESTY

PappyD61 on April 18, 2013 at 9:01 PM

Don’t forget their sacred right to kill unborn babies.

TitularHead on April 18, 2013 at 9:07 PM

To the left, when 60 people die in a red state, it’s not news. Look at the slanted coverage vs. the Marathon bombing. The same thing happened during Katrina. Sure, New Orleans was news, but the Gulfport Mississippi devastation was ignored. They shrug at dead hicks in Jesusland.

Corporal Tunnel on April 18, 2013 at 8:52 PM

I think it is a “They talk with an accent that is not heard in NY or Mass., they value independence and self reliance, they shoot them guns and stuff. They had it coming.” They’d never come out and say something like that to the rest of the U.S., but amongst themselves, where they feel safe, I’m sure this is the talk.

kurtzz3 on April 18, 2013 at 9:09 PM

Embarrassing. I don’t know what else to say. Journalism died long ago, and no one seems to care. They have no problem with the gatekeepers of information openly advocating for one side, for one policy over another, to the point where one outlet is criticized for covering a deadly explosion instead of their pet issue. Yet, at the same time, they’re quick to remind us there is no media bias.

Ugh.

changer1701 on April 18, 2013 at 9:11 PM

Stelter points out Fox didn’t cover the gun debate as much,

or as emotionally
********************
********************

Well now,we get to the Liberal Do-Gooder Hand-Wringing
of E-M-O-T-I-O-N *(A-L-L-Y),charged Bleed’n Heart!!

so,

NO COMMON SENSE,NOR LOGIC,on the part of da Democrat thinking!!

Cut to the chase,

the Left are accusing FOX of not having:

Sad Faces
Finger Pointing
Anger
Crying
Self-Righteous Holy-Than Tho sumpin sumpin,….
….and to infinity and beyond!!!

canopfor on April 18, 2013 at 9:11 PM

Huffington Post splashed the images of shooting victims across the top of its homepage below the headline: “No Justice.”

Whoa. Did murder suspects all get released from prison with now trial?

The Notorious G.O.P on April 18, 2013 at 9:11 PM

* no

The Notorious G.O.P on April 18, 2013 at 9:11 PM

Leave it to NPR to remember when Adolph Hitler’s birthday was.

tom0508 on April 18, 2013 at 9:15 PM

The NYT gets their panties in a twist because Fox didn’t cover guns on its opinion shows?

Here’s the Fox lineup on the news side — which is the important one:

https://www.google.com/#q=site:foxnews.com+gun+control

I count no less than seven articles on the first page of this google search — eight if you count the one that ran after the NYT story broke.

Now, if I go over to the New York Times and do a search:

site:nytimes.com kermit+gosnell

I count two articles on the opening of the trial in mid January, and none further until three days ago, when the NYT, stung by criticism of its coverage, finally reacted.

“Sticks like glue” doesn’t seem to work here at all.

unclesmrgol on April 18, 2013 at 9:17 PM

On Thursday, Mr. Scarborough, a registered Republican who promotes his conservative credentials as well as his independent streak . . .

Yeah. Sort of a mavericky guy.

Axe on April 18, 2013 at 9:17 PM

MeanWhile,Speaking of Guns and NYT:

Oh,and Speaking of EMOTION:
============================

Gabby Giffords Rips Senate In New York Times Op-Ed:

‘I Am Furious’

by Tommy Christopher | 8:12 am, April 18th, 2013
*************************************************

Exerpt:

SENATORS say they fear the N.R.A. and the gun lobby. But I think that fear must be nothing compared to the fear the first graders in Sandy Hook Elementary School felt as their lives ended in a hail of bullets. The fear that those children who survived the massacre must feel every time they remember their teachers stacking them into closets and bathrooms, whispering that they loved them, so that love would be the last thing the students heard if the gunman found them.

http://www.mediaite.com/print/gabby-giffords-rips-senate-in-new-york-times-op-ed-i-am-furious/

canopfor on April 18, 2013 at 9:18 PM

After all, NPR is a federal government sanctioned media enterprise.

tom0508 on April 18, 2013 at 9:18 PM

On Thursday, Mr. Scarborough, a registered Republican who promotes his conservative credentials as well as his independent streak . . .

Yeah. Sort of a mavericky guy.

Axe on April 18, 2013 at 9:17 PM

I bet he and McCain are real hoots at the country Club parties.

davidk on April 18, 2013 at 9:19 PM

How dare they talk about an explosion that killed and injured several hundred people. The audacity.

The NYT should have been more concerned why MSNBC didn’t talk about it enough.

gophergirl on April 18, 2013 at 9:19 PM

To the left, when 60 people die in a red state, it’s not news. Look at the slanted coverage vs. the Marathon bombing. The same thing happened during Katrina. Sure, New Orleans was news, but the Gulfport Mississippi devastation was ignored. They shrug at dead hicks in Jesusland.

Corporal Tunnel on April 18, 2013 at 8:52 PM

Anybody remember what then White House COS Rahm Emanuel said about the earthquake in Haiti?

A crisis gives us an opportunity to do things we couldn’t attempt otherwise. This is a time to be building roads and infrastructure, not pulling people out of the rubble.

Apparently, Rahmbo never heard of “triage”, in any sense of the word.

Progressives view the deaths of anyone outside of their cozy little cocoon as noteworthy only if they can be exploited to further progressive goals. In Haiti’s case, it was spending tax money to create an unaccountable “aid system” to be used as they pleased;

http://www.greatamericanjournal.com/editor/archives/HopeandChangeComestoHaiti.html

Mississippi after Katrina? No opportunity for power-grabbing. Ergo, no interest.

As a side note, if Chicago ever has a major disaster (more major than what they have now, that is) with the Tiny Dancer as mayor, G-d help them.

clear ether

eon

eon on April 18, 2013 at 9:20 PM

Well, there’s always Illinois: http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/politics/clout/chi-illinois-house-defeats-less-restrictive-concealed-carry-bill-20130418,0,465210.story

davidk on April 18, 2013 at 9:14 PM

davidK;

I seen that,already fired it off to AllahP’s capable hands,
a half hour ago,and well,it is Chicago!————-:O

canopfor on April 18, 2013 at 9:21 PM

I think it is a “They talk with an accent that is not heard in NY or Mass., they value independence and self reliance, they shoot them guns and stuff. They had it coming.” They’d never come out and say something like that to the rest of the U.S., but amongst themselves, where they feel safe, I’m sure this is the talk.

kurtzz3 on April 18, 2013 at 9:09 PM

Bingo.

cheers

eon

eon on April 18, 2013 at 9:22 PM

“I don’t think anybody thinks of these guys as journalists. They are essentially the avatars of the upper West Side media culture thugs in New York,” Rick Wilson, the Republican media strategist, said. “They are not objective, fair-minded journalists, and they are not in touch with the concerns of ordinary Americans.”

Fixed.

trigon on April 18, 2013 at 9:23 PM

I bet he and McCain are real hoots at the country Club parties.

davidk on April 18, 2013 at 9:19 PM

Because they both want to keep Al Czervik out.

Steve Eggleston on April 18, 2013 at 9:24 PM

Joe Scarborough is a Republican.

Pardon me while I guffaw.

Midas on April 18, 2013 at 9:26 PM

Brian Stelter is a total tool.

Captain Kirock on April 18, 2013 at 9:28 PM

Extinction for the gop
-joe

cmsinaz on April 18, 2013 at 9:31 PM

You know, just cuz I can, GFYS NYT!

NYT wouldn’t know news if it bit them in their asz…

Scrumpy on April 18, 2013 at 9:33 PM

The gun debate is over lefty’s time to move on. Please. For the children.

Ellis on April 18, 2013 at 9:45 PM

To the left, when 60 people die in a red state, it’s not news. … They shrug at dead hicks in Jesusland.

Corporal Tunnel on April 18, 2013 at 8:52 PM

Truth.

And let no one forget this.

JimLennon on April 18, 2013 at 9:46 PM

longstanding suspicions that the mainstream media has a deep-seated liberal bias…

suspicions?…bwahahahahaha

talkingpoints on April 18, 2013 at 9:50 PM

Has Obama said anything about the explosion in Texas?

Schadenfreude on April 18, 2013 at 9:51 PM

In this past week we had a terrorist attack in Boston, Ricin sent to senators and the President, and last night, a horrible explosion in Texas (where people lost homes and lives)…and they want to talk about failed gun legislation as the priority news story??

Not saying that it shouldn’t be addressed, but if it bleeds, it leads and I’m sorry but I actually agree with focusing on Texas and whatever updates there are about the other two stories. The gun debate has been constant and ongoing since Sandy Hook. To focus only on that is frankly, only to focus on the personal agenda of of those journalists, particularly in the face of the fact that the legislation went down in flames, and was not passed.

Why didn’t it pass? Because it was too broad, too sweeping and the agenda is obvious, which was to try to mostly disarm the American public. It would do nothing to make kids safer in general and school children in particular. Were they to create legislation that would demand security in elementary schools, betcha it would have passed.

I have to say as a mother and a woman that cares more deeply for children than most anything on this planet, I absolutely resent the attitude of those folks (including journalists) that backed this legislation because my reaction to Sandy Hook is wanting more armed people as protection and feeling like I need to make myself more competent in this area. My heart was shattered on that day and to imply that pro second amendment people don’t care is far left propaganda at it’s worst.

They lost, they’re going to continue to lose on this issue because the only opinion that they see is their own. They have no ability to understand their opposition’s opinion, and instead take the position that it’s not understandable.

They’re intellectually lazy, unethical in their performance, and basically immoral in how they portray others. They have done more to turn me off to their point of view than if they purposefully set out to do just that.

GeeWhiz on April 18, 2013 at 9:52 PM

The explosion in Texas was “local news”, wasn’t it? (Besides, it was fly-over territory. Nothing that happens in fly-over territory matters.)

Steven Den Beste on April 18, 2013 at 9:53 PM

Should the media really be complaining about what gets covered after totally dropping the ball on the Gosnell serial killer case? Especially the NYT?

/rhetorical

gwelf on April 18, 2013 at 10:16 PM

To the left, when 60 people die in a red state, it’s not news. … They shrug at dead hicks in Jesusland.
Corporal Tunnel on April 18, 2013 at 8:52 PM

To be fair, they don’t seem to care about black kids being gunned down in Chicago either.

gwelf on April 18, 2013 at 10:17 PM

Number of votes for the legislation > number of viewers of Morning Schmoe.

gregbert on April 18, 2013 at 9:00 PM

I’ll admit it..I watched a bit this morning. Joe was particularly insufferable, especially when he cut off Mark Halperin who was actually trying to make some common sense analysis.

monalisa on April 18, 2013 at 10:17 PM

And even the coverage of the fertilizer plant explosion that the MSM did deign to provide was stuffed with their typical condescending, sneering leftist agenda driving.

Those hicks were too stupid to not build a fertilzer plant next to a school (the plant was probably there a lot longer than the school, which was built as the town expanded).

It was the fault of “business friendly states” cutting corners on worker safety. Because we all know that red state yahoos want nothing more than to have as many people as possible die on the job.

It was the fault of not having union workers at the plant (they may actually have a point here, albeit an inadvertent one; if the plant were unionized it would have gone out of business many years ago, and West, Texas would be ghost town).

It’s the fault of our corporate farming culture – if only we used all organic farming, there would be no need for fertilizer (of course, at least a third of use would starve, but the left considers that to be a feature, and not a bug).

And on and on.

Gator Country on April 18, 2013 at 10:25 PM

“All The News That’s Fit to Print”
has been replaced by the New and Progressive:
“We Tell You What’s Important.”

TimBuk3 on April 18, 2013 at 10:34 PM

Can you believe the NYT is talking about ineffective gun control proposals instead of real news?

Typical BS from the idiots at Times Square. If only they lived in America we wouldn’t have this communications problem with these silly socialists.

MTF on April 18, 2013 at 10:37 PM

Ace has this one. Here’s his wonderful headline:

“New York Times: Fox News Skips The President’s Gun-Defeat Ordeal In Order to Focus on Some Trivial Deaths of Texans in Nowhweresville”

It’s all about the personal suffering of the President. Who lost.

Jesus Obama is suffering, and we have a propaganda duty to focus on that. More Americans have to die before we at the NYT would ever deign to notice them.

Or, if they are living on the upper west side, then we would notice them. Totally.

MTF on April 18, 2013 at 10:44 PM

To be fair, they don’t seem to care about black kids being gunned down in Chicago either.

gwelf on April 18, 2013 at 10:17 PM

And about decapitated black babies.

Gelsomina on April 18, 2013 at 10:45 PM

‘In fact, as Joe Manchin, the author of the bill, said yesterday, anybody that suggested that private gun sales, individual sales from one person to another, a family member or another, a friend to another, would be outlawed or would have to even go through this sort of check is lying.’

- Joe Scarborough this morning

Riiiight, Joe, ‘cuz, like, um, the so-called ‘gun show loophole,’ which allows individuals to sell to other individuals at a gun show without a background check, wasn’t the WHOLE POINT of Schu-Man-Too’s ‘gun show loophole closure.’

Most sales at gun shows are between dealers and individuals AND ARE ALREADY SUBJECT TO BACKGROUND CHECKS. The ONLY sales at gun shows that are not subject to background checks ARE those between individuals.

So, Joe, who’s the liar???

Evidently, it’s you and Manchin.

Resist We Much on April 18, 2013 at 11:04 PM

Mr. Scarborough, a registered Republican who promotes his conservative credentials as well as his independent streak

*giggle/snort*!

squint on April 18, 2013 at 11:59 PM

On Thursday, Mr. Scarborough, a registered Republican who promotes his conservative credentials

I don’t know what’s more stupid.

The vice president of the United States telling me to discharge firearms through doors at people without identifying them, or some twit at NYT telling me Scarborough has “conservative credentials”.

Even Chris “I’ll-trade-a-GOP-White-House-for-a-phone-call-from-Springsteen” Christie is more conservative than Scarborough.

Alberta_Patriot on April 19, 2013 at 12:44 AM

I literally woke up this morning to “… and I-35 is still backed up due to the explosion in West Texas.”

Me: Oh, the I-35 is all jammed up again… Wait what?

Voyager on April 19, 2013 at 12:56 AM

I have no time to call Barry a wambulance

J_Crater on April 19, 2013 at 12:59 AM

Hey, it’s not every day the media gets to cover Obama scolding people they don’t like…

Jim Treacher on April 19, 2013 at 1:29 AM

“…and the Huffington Post splashed the images of shooting victims across the top of its homepage below the headline: “No Justice.””

Wait…, Did I miss something? I thought that Adam Lanza was the killer and not the entire US population and the US Constitution. I guess that, according to Huffpo, everyone has to pay for the actions of a nut job.

ptcamn on April 19, 2013 at 1:35 AM

Joe Scarborough is as much a Republican as Pope Francis is Muslim.

Corporal Tunnel on April 18, 2013 at 8:48 PM

No, he’s a Republican. He’s of the mainstream, RINO variety.

rickv404 on April 19, 2013 at 6:58 AM

Speaking as a proud Texan I just want to say to the NYT and Politico to eat s–t and die! We’ve got the narriative down. Gun Control-Boston worthy, anything to do with those stupid conservatives in Texas, not worthy. Personally I find that so offensive that I can’t even begin to express my anger. Look at the tone in this:

It focused instead on news about a Texas fertilizer plant explosion.

See it was just a little ol fertilizer plant blow up in a red state. Nevermind that that little ol explosion killed more folks than in Boston and injured just as many. I’m not comparing the two, one was an outrage, the other a tragedy but to lament that Fox didn’t cover the freaking gun control grab over an explosion that killed several, injured almost 200 and decimated a wonderful little town is outrageous.

Having said that I must say that Anderson Cooper did broadcast from West last night and I thought did a pretty good job so kudos to him. See I’m not going to tar all “yankees” with the same brush just because NYT and Politico are jerks. Just like Fox I can be fair and balanced.

neyney on April 19, 2013 at 10:40 AM

But I think that fear must be nothing compared to the fear the first graders in Sandy Hook Elementary School felt as their lives ended in a hail of bullets. The fear that those children who survived the massacre must feel every time they remember their teachers stacking them into closets and bathrooms, whispering that they loved them, so that love would be the last thing the students heard if the gunman found them.

You don’t want those kids to be overly traumatized? You want them knowing someone loved them if the worst happens? You certainly don’t accomplish those things by being a sheep and hiding in a closet with them and balling your eyes out.

You do that by putting them in their hidey-hole, then telling them that as long as you’re alive you won’t let a bad man hurt them. You show them courage. You actually stand up as their guardian, not as just another sheep in the herd. You don’t cower inside your house of sticks and *hope* the big bad wolf can’t blow it down. You get your own stick and your sling – and you stand guard over your charges. And, if the big bad wolf *does* breach your defenses, you do all within your power to ensure he never reaches those you oversee. And, even if your kids see you go down, they’ll see someone who loved them enough to go down swinging and never quitting and expending their last breath to keep the bad man away.

You want to show love? Show them you care enough to actually protect them – not from possible boo-boos to their body or mind because of the risks inherent in a merry-go-round or mean words from a playground bully, but from real evil. Let them get small hurts so they learn and grow and become strong. Don’t let the big hurts near them until they’re ready to fly on their own and take on the risk of *those* hurts because you made them ready to do so.

GWB on April 19, 2013 at 10:48 AM

Dead people in Bubba Country don’t count with the liberal media.. only in Connecticut and Massachusetts. But even here only to make political points–Connecticut, using dead children as political weapons, to destroy the Second Amendment. (Failed 54-46). And Massachusetts in the hope that the bombers would turn out to be right-wing WASPS (sorry they were foreign-born Muslims.) But keep trying.

MaiDee on April 19, 2013 at 11:18 AM

MSNBC didn’t cover the Texas explosion because they were afraid that their hatred of all things Texas would cause difficult to explain giggles and uncontrolled glee.

WestTexasBirdDog on April 19, 2013 at 12:25 PM

New Yorker liberals feel New York City is the center of the Universe.

Scientists believe that the center of the universe is a dark hole where you cannot see the light.

Maybe New York Liberals are right.

KW64 on April 19, 2013 at 1:31 PM

You want to show love? Show them you care enough to actually protect them – not from possible boo-boos to their body or mind because of the risks inherent in a merry-go-round or mean words from a playground bully, but from real evil. Let them get small hurts so they learn and grow and become strong. Don’t let the big hurts near them until they’re ready to fly on their own and take on the risk of *those* hurts because you made them ready to do so.

GWB on April 19, 2013 at 10:48 AM

Can I buy you a Coke?

Chaz706 on April 19, 2013 at 2:13 PM