Video: New MSNBC promo on immigration descends cheerfully into self-parody

posted at 5:21 pm on May 29, 2013 by Allahpundit

Melissa Harris-Perry’s promos are tough to beat but give credit for effort to Alex Wagner, formerly of the Center for American Progress and HuffPo and now a member of the daytime “news bloc” on MSNBC. Noah Rothman seems mildly offended — and his point about broad public support for border enforcement is well taken, and correct — but c’mon. How can you take this seriously enough to be angered by it? What possible spin on immigration could MSNBC have had, especially in 30 seconds, beside this? Good lord, not only does she refer sarcastically to “them” and “those people,” she punctuates it with air quotes just in case you’re a moron who can’t detect ironic distancing from inflection. The only way they could have laid it on thicker or made it more simplistic and self-congratulatory is if they’d set it on a campus. A promo for any product is designed to appeal to the consumer’s gut and that’s precisely what this does by insisting to liberals that their opponents are, essentially and uniformly, immoral. Nothing new. It’ll work on its target audience.

Back in reality, Fred Bauer wonders if Harry Reid’s telling the truth when he says he shouldn’t have much trouble getting to 60 votes for the Schumer/Rubio amnesty bill. Reid thinks he can hold all but three Democrats, which, combined with the four Republican votes on the Gang of Eight, means he’ll only need four more GOPers for cloture. Bauer’s take: It would be surprising if Reid’s telling the truth given that no fewer than 16 Dems voted against the last big immigration bill in 2007. On the other hand, there’s likely to be more than eight Republican votes for this thing after the dust of the floor debate settles. The Republican establishment is united behind it, even more so than in 2007, now that they’ve lost not once but twice to O with lopsided Latino majorities in favor of Democrats. GOP fencesitters who aren’t up for reelection next year will face tremendous pressure to take one for the team and vote yes. Wouldn’t surprise me if Reid loses 10-15 members of his own caucus and gets to 60 anyway with Republican support. The only real obstacle to Senate passage is how vociferous opposition to Rubio’s bill is in the House. If Goodlatte and Boehner signal that it’s DOA, then Senate fencesitters might peel out on the theory that there’s no point in voting for a bill that’s doomed to begin with. The action next month is in the Senate, but it’s really the House that’s worth watching as a predictor of whether a filibuster will work or not.


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Ewwww…..that’s just plain embarrassing. Well, if MSNBC could ever feel embarrassed, that is.

whatcat on May 29, 2013 at 5:25 PM

Nothing will ever top Maddow in a hardhat telling us about the Hoover dam.

All-time classic douche classic.

tetriskid on May 29, 2013 at 5:27 PM

Nice green screen.

blatantblue on May 29, 2013 at 5:27 PM

Hey, Alligators have to eat too, air-quotes girl.

Chuck Schick on May 29, 2013 at 5:28 PM

ROFLMAO! That video is too funny.

“Electrified, alligator-filled moats.”

Hmmm. Fried alligators. An interesting idea.

“Those people who want to be here are us.”

The very ideas of sovereignty and law are offensive to these brain-dead idiots. There are hardly words for these slugs. They are useless idiots who are nothing but a burden to any society unlucky enough to be saddled with their existences.

But, they do make funny advocacy propaganda. This clip reminds me of “Day Without a Mexican”. That was hysterical – for the first 25 minutes, at least.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on May 29, 2013 at 5:29 PM

Right, contributing by taking “un” Earned Income Credits fraudulently, taking welfare, taking food stamps, taking subsidized housing, taking healthcare, taking translators, taking lives by drunk driving, taking schools ratings by driving them down by stupid kids, taking hospitals by bankrupting them.

Yes MSNCB, “those” people take and take and take, yet bring NOTHING but misery and expense. They ARE LOOTERS, just like you.

Robert Jensen on May 29, 2013 at 5:32 PM

A country that has its population jump from 270 million to 330 million is itching to basically incorporate most of South America? why again? What moral argument or basic reasoning is there behind the push to add another 10-40 million citizens?

Oh right, they vote democrat and that is it. End of discussion.

The GOP is not even interested in enforcement or saying no because they signed a murder suicide pact with the dnc. The dnc kills the country, the Gop kills itself.

joeindc44 on May 29, 2013 at 5:33 PM

Melissa Harris-Perry chick is giving Mika and Rachel Madcow a run for the most stupid female on the planet but it looks like she’s getting some competition.

I’d like some leftie to point out exactly who other than Democrats in hyperbole has suggested we put moats filled with alligators along the border to stop “them” from illegally entering the United States.

They have a name Alex- illegal aliens. It’s a status you ignorant slut.

Happy Nomad on May 29, 2013 at 5:33 PM

oh right. They’re poor over there…so they can come here and be poor instead.

joeindc44 on May 29, 2013 at 5:33 PM

So, if you break into a house … but do the dishes once, you’re entitled to stay there and have your name put on the title. You earned it, in the left’s twisted excuse for “reasoning”.

These lefties would be fun to have around if they were kept in their sandboxes where they belong. Once they were let out and allowed to test their infantile, stupid and self-destructive on the real world, the fun was all gone. They are nothing but destructive entities, now. They do nothing but raise entropy.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on May 29, 2013 at 5:36 PM

I feel dumber for having watched that.

Red Cloud on May 29, 2013 at 5:36 PM

Right, contributing by taking “un” Earned Income Credits fraudulently, taking welfare, taking food stamps, taking subsidized housing, taking healthcare, taking translators, taking lives by drunk driving, taking schools ratings by driving them down by stupid kids, taking hospitals by bankrupting them.
Robert Jensen on May 29, 2013 at 5:32 PM

Committing ID theft…

whatcat on May 29, 2013 at 5:38 PM

Boehner

…there’s the pea…in the mattress!

KOOLAID2 on May 29, 2013 at 5:41 PM

MSNBC is made up of illegitimate immigrants (AKA Los Bastardos) ?

J_Crater on May 29, 2013 at 5:44 PM

You know what they really need to add is a cartoon in the stylings of that California Union thug cartoon with that old commie bastard narrating the tales of woes of tax cuts and services being eliminated. how tax cuts turned Detroit into the wasteland it is today.

joeindc44 on May 29, 2013 at 5:45 PM

I feel dumber for having watched that.

Red Cloud on May 29, 2013 at 5:36 PM

Well then, mission accomplished. Thank you from MSNBC. Lean forward! Just Move! or something.

Happy Nomad on May 29, 2013 at 5:45 PM

This g*sh needs to read Victor Davis Hanson’s column on NRO today:

http://www.nationalreview.com/article/349447/western-cultural-suicide

Hey, honey, tell me why we should fold in illegal immigrants and those who keep coming when they want to destroy our way of life on our dime?

BuckeyeSam on May 29, 2013 at 5:47 PM

What the hell was that supposed to be?

RedNewEnglander on May 29, 2013 at 5:48 PM

They had to do something like 12 takes to get this video down pat. Not because she kept flubbing her lines but because people kept jumping over the fence in the background.

HotAirian on May 29, 2013 at 5:50 PM

By the way, who at Hot Air refers to illegal immigrants as “them” or “those people”?

I always refer to them as illegal immigrants. I don’t need a euphemism, because the term illegal immigrants is absolutely correct, and it’s perfectly acceptable, the AP Stylebook notwithstanding.

BuckeyeSam on May 29, 2013 at 5:50 PM

DOA! DOA!

Valiant on May 29, 2013 at 5:50 PM

Does she lock her doors at night?

If so, why? Bonus points if she can figure out how not to use the word “people” in any answer.

DarthBrooks on May 29, 2013 at 5:51 PM

How does building a fence on the border punish people that are already here?

blink on May 29, 2013 at 5:47 PM

They can be accused by later illegal immigrants of not really breaking into the US the hard way.

BuckeyeSam on May 29, 2013 at 5:52 PM

Um….

blink on May 29, 2013 at 5:51 PM

No emphasis…and no air quotes.

BuckeyeSam on May 29, 2013 at 5:53 PM

Is there any leftist that thinks lean forward is intelligent, catchy, smart, or otherwise a good slogan?

its fking stupid.

tom daschle concerned on May 29, 2013 at 5:55 PM

I think what’s going on is it was racisss to take the side of the Rio Grande river with all the nice roads and jobs on it.

joeindc44 on May 29, 2013 at 5:55 PM

If we’re already here why would we keep ourselves out ?

J_Crater on May 29, 2013 at 5:55 PM

Rejoice!

The end of Obamacare!

BobMbx on May 29, 2013 at 5:55 PM

Lean forward!

It’s a polite way of saying, “bend over”

iurockhead on May 29, 2013 at 5:56 PM

Instead of lean forward it should be: bend over here it comes again….BOHICA

crosshugger on May 29, 2013 at 5:57 PM

Is there any leftist that thinks lean forward is intelligent, catchy, smart, or otherwise a good slogan?

its fking stupid.

tom daschle concerned on May 29, 2013 at 5:55 PM

I lean forward when I take a dump.

BobMbx on May 29, 2013 at 5:58 PM

Tell me more about these alligators. Do they have laser beams on their heads?

bitsy on May 29, 2013 at 5:58 PM

Those creatures over at MSNBC are cute. Thems should take their act on the road.

NotCoach on May 29, 2013 at 5:59 PM

Tell me more about these alligators. Do they have laser beams on their heads?

bitsy on May 29, 2013 at 5:58 PM

The alligators are all dead because they live in electrified motes.

NotCoach on May 29, 2013 at 6:00 PM

Terrible bluescreening — obviously too dense to even appreciate how ridiculous it is to critique others for worrying about immigration while not even having the balls to go down to the border in real life and see what’s happening.

JeremiahJohnson on May 29, 2013 at 6:01 PM

When you “lean forward” too far you will fall on you face.

nocontrol on May 29, 2013 at 6:02 PM

Ah southern Arizona the liberals there want to break away from the rest of arizona and form Baja Arizona

ChunkyLover on May 29, 2013 at 6:02 PM

Yes, but she doesn’t like when you use the word “them.” She wants you to use the word “us” because them is us or something.

blink on May 29, 2013 at 5:58 PM

“We have met the enemy, and he is us”

–Pogo

iurockhead on May 29, 2013 at 6:03 PM

I always refer to them as illegal immigrants. I don’t need a euphemism, because the term illegal immigrants is absolutely correct, and it’s perfectly acceptable, the AP Stylebook notwithstanding.

BuckeyeSam on May 29, 2013 at 5:50 PM

You are wrong. They are illegal aliens which is a status (compare with resident aliens) All it really means is non-citizens on American soil. I object to any reference to the term immigrant or migrant to refer to these people. They are not immigrants they are trespassers.

Even worse when combined to make the term undocumented migrants because they all have documentation- they just are not here legally. They are not living in the shadows. They do not deserve citizenship.

Happy Nomad on May 29, 2013 at 6:06 PM

When Alex Wagner starts letting “those people” crash her gated community and endanger the lives of her elitist friends and neighbors then she can start talking about what the rest of us need to do.

BKennedy on May 29, 2013 at 6:09 PM

I thought Alex Wagner was the white “guy” with glasses. Wait, is the white “guy” Rachel Maddow or Chris Hayes? I’m confused. :-(

Punchenko on May 29, 2013 at 6:13 PM

Uh, no. “THOSE PEOPLE” who come here, but do so ILLEGALLY are not “US” – THEY are dangerous criminals who must be arrested, and deported (and/or imprisoned). Idiots like this MSNBC bimbo (who is she?), obama and Marco Rubio are enemies of the United States – they promote illegal activity that has a negative impact on every CITIZEN of the United States (especially every taxpaying CITIZEN, aka, non-democrats) – THEY must be stopped.

Pork-Chop on May 29, 2013 at 6:15 PM

When Alex Wagner starts letting “those people” crash her gated community and endanger the lives of her elitist friends and neighbors then she can start talking about what the rest of us need to do.

BKennedy on May 29, 2013 at 6:09 PM

The more enlightened in NYC are trying to end Stop & Frisk which should bring a slice of Detroit-style hospitality back to NYC for Eloi like “Alex Wagner” to enjoy.

Punchenko on May 29, 2013 at 6:20 PM

I thought Alex Wagner was the white “guy” with glasses. Wait, is the white “guy” Rachel Maddow or Chris Hayes? I’m confused. :-(

Punchenko on May 29, 2013 at 6:13 PM

Chris Hayes is the female among the group.

Happy Nomad on May 29, 2013 at 6:24 PM

Isn’t MSNBC’s audience something like a few hundred thousand nationwide?

Why does anyone pay them any attention? More people saw this story about MSNBC than actually *watch* MSNBC.

Let’s just leave them alone. Maybe they’ll go away on their own…

sultanp on May 29, 2013 at 6:43 PM

Sending people home who have entered our country ILLEGALLY is hardly even a “punishment.”

Sending people home who have entered our country ILLEGALLY is simply ENFORCING our immigration laws, in a way that respects the people who have respected American laws by immigrating the United States LEGALLY.

wren on May 29, 2013 at 7:00 PM

MSNBC now contemplating changing its tagline from “Lean Forward” to “Bend Over”.

GreenBlade on May 29, 2013 at 7:18 PM

Live in a city like I do (Houston)that has around 1 million illegals in the county.It took less that 10 years to make most of the city proper like Mexico.The existing infrastructure is keeping it from completely being Mexico.Any white people that can have moved out to the burbs and they keep getting built further and further out.Another few years Dallas and Houston will merge since it’s happening in both places.The illegals move into what was once nice areas and in no time they become the hoods.

docflash on May 29, 2013 at 7:19 PM

Am I imagining or is Ms. Wagner herself one of “them”?

Mason on May 29, 2013 at 7:35 PM

Rejoice!

The end of Obamacare!

BobMbx on May 29, 2013 at 5:55 PM

That doctor better have his taxes in order cause the irs will be knocking on his door any minute now.

Lost in Jersey on May 29, 2013 at 7:45 PM

I don’t watch FNC much but do they even come close to this silliness?

CW on May 29, 2013 at 8:06 PM

Nothing will ever top Maddow in a hardhat telling us about the Hoover dam.

All-time classic douche classic.

tetriskid on May 29, 2013 at 5:27 PM

I remember being puzzled by that ad because Maddow’s skull is thick enough that no hardhat should be necessary.

alchemist19 on May 29, 2013 at 8:09 PM

Get a real job, “lady”.

S. D. on May 29, 2013 at 8:26 PM

Good lord, I hate yelling at my laptop!

freedomfirst on May 29, 2013 at 9:02 PM

There’s a sense that we need to punish people who break the law. Gee, that sure is a stunning new concept.

The Schaef on May 29, 2013 at 9:19 PM

How many MSNBC poobahs live in gated communities or have doormen? No borders (except in my back yard)!

Buy Danish on May 29, 2013 at 10:16 PM

I’m sorry. . .I understand the need for ad revenue to keep this wonderful site going, but I just have to draw the line at it not being worth sitting through a commercial of any duration (let alone 45 seconds) to watch ANY content which originated at PMSNBC

P Opus on May 29, 2013 at 10:35 PM

“We got to punish people who came here the wrong way.”

Why is that a bad thing? Coming here illegally is illegal. There’s no point in having an immigration system if people can come here the “wrong way” and not get punished.

Wow, MSNBC is turning into Comedy Central.

Frank T.J Mackey on May 29, 2013 at 11:55 PM

And these nitwits (air quotes not needed) probably wonder why they’re halfway down the toilet pipe in the ratings…

dpduq on May 30, 2013 at 12:25 AM

Wouldn’t it be ironic if, while they were filming this, some drug lord’s gang members came up, raped, stabbed and cut her tounge out , shot the filming crew with holder rifles, defncated on an American flag and wiped themselves with it while singing the Mexican national anthem and going down to the local precint to vote and collect welfare benefits.

Just a thought.

Of course, all of this would be the republican’s fault.

acyl72 on May 30, 2013 at 7:21 AM

Coming here the wrong way?

Yep.

The Obama WH does pretty much everything the wrong way.

Which to them is the right way.

Upside down and inside out.

Sherman1864 on May 30, 2013 at 8:23 AM

Go ahead Alex, you can say it:
Those that came here “THE WRONG WAY” came here “ILLEGALLY”.

And by the way, “US” does not include “ME”. My ancestors came here LEGALLY! a.k.a. “THE CORRECT WAY” (including the crossing of a large “MOAT” … containing SHARKS and other human killing creatures).

Carnac on May 30, 2013 at 9:51 AM

Wouldn’t it be ironic if, while they were filming this, some drug lord’s gang members came up, raped, stabbed and cut her tounge out , shot the filming crew with holder rifles, defncated on an American flag and wiped themselves with it while singing the Mexican national anthem and going down to the local precint to vote and collect welfare benefits.

acyl72 on May 30, 2013 at 7:21 AM

If memory serves, you just described an Occupy Phoenix event from a couple years ago.

The Schaef on May 30, 2013 at 11:04 AM

Why does she refer to them as “those people”?
:)

RedManBlueState on May 30, 2013 at 12:00 PM

Here’s MY DEAL:

Those in Mexico can STAY in Mexico. We will set up hospitals, schools and factories THERE. They can work at those Factories THERE and they can pay the same amount of taxes THERE to US HERE that they would have to PAY here to for those Hospitals, Schools that they currently are using for FREE here. No FOOD STAMPS, NO child CREDIT, No FREE anything. Mexico has a bountiful amount of natural resources…. OIL, but just like many other third world nations they allow for the hierarchy to use and abuse their people.

I am not a Mexican hater…. I want the excuses to stop as to WHY people leave their home nations and come here …ILLEGALLY then expect and demand that we give them a free ride. They do not want the American Dream as most immigrants came here for and gave up everything to come here legally. They want to bring their country to this land and not assimilate into the fabric of America. This is not just about MEXICO either….. we have hundreds of millions of people from many nations coming here on student visa’s, work visa’s and regular visa’s or no visa’s or paperwork at all…that just NEVER go back…… This has been a multiple decade problem that the INS and our own government has allowed unfettered to continue unabated and with absolute disdain thwarting the American population of legal law abiding citizens that have either been born here, or that have come here legally and through the correct channels…. not living on welfare… not using our nations hospitals as their personal right to birth their many illegal children that we ever so fondly refer to as Anchor babies.

I have said the same about the African population that have battered the white population for over 150 years now….. Stop blaming me for your skin color and your inability to succeed… I never owned a slave, my father never owned a slave, his father’s father never owned a slave etc… etc… Stop handing ME the BILL for a DEBT… I DON’T OWE… my children DON’T owe and their children won’t and don’t owe either! Why is it you NEVER see the uber wealthy black population paying for schools and water wells, hospitals, manufacturing plants, farms etc. in the African nations all their fellow black brethren are STILL living? HOW ABOUT…Sending food, medicine, clothing, books…anything? How about giving those nations your personal touch for about 5 years of your time? If they have succeeded here why don’t they build those nations up…. they could you know… but they don’t… they whine and piss and moan about how bad they have it here… boo-FREAKing HOO-HOO! America and the American people have achieved amazing wondrous things, we are hard working, we are generous, we are accepting of most things new immigrants bring to the table. I am sick of hearing the complaints and the demands from the lazy and the stupid and the miscreant population of our society…. They are unemployed for a reason, they are on the streets for a reason, they are in jail for a reason, they are in poverty for a reason.

I am also sick of the elected officials and this President with his Union New World order Czar minions overriding common sense and our Constitution just so they can be/stay in power. TRILLIONS and TRILLIONS in debt and still they spend, sequester meant nothing, limits mean nothing rule of law means nothing…. We are either going to stand up and fight… Or we might as well all quit our jobs and file for the same benefits everyone else 47% or more are getting with little to no concern of where on God’s green earth any of it comes from….It’s CALLED: STEALING!

ActinUpinTexas on May 30, 2013 at 1:18 PM

ActinUpinTexas on May 30, 2013 at 1:18 PM

That’s the object of Cloward/Piven. Beware!

FOWG1 on July 7, 2013 at 3:34 PM