Yep: MSNBC would react quite differently if Tea Partiers threw rocks at them

posted at 9:41 pm on August 20, 2014 by Mary Katharine Ham

When it comes to protests, I always try to give the grace that is unafforded my ideological allies and me, to others. Erick Erickson offered a nod to such grace in a piece on Ferguson this week: “[I]f we say most conservatives are not racist despite what the left would have us believe, we should be willing to believe that not all of the black community is prone to riot when these terrible things happen.” Yes, some Occupy and Ferguson protesters engaged in all kinds of violence and mayhem that would be on every front page and leading every newscast in America if anyone tried them within six square miles of a Tea Party rally. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t plenty of genuinely concerned and peaceful people among their ranks. Despite such marring, documented acts of violence and vandalism, the mainstream media routinely refers to any left-of-center protest as “mostly peaceful.” Whereas errant signs and, God forbid, raised voices in the vicinity of a Congressional town hall are enough to touch off think pieces about the coming violent end of the Republic at the hands of formerly mild-mannered Midwesterners, as long as those Midwesterners might have voted McCain. Mere civil disobedience is pretty much out of the question for any Tea Party rally. Though it’s a respected and lauded part of peaceful protest efforts on the Left, blocking city streets and handcuffing oneself to public property are just not on the menu of peaceable options for Tea Partiers, who are routinely reported on as violent vigilantes bent on the destruction of public services even as they tidy public parks as their exit. If something allegedly bad happens at a Tea Party, participants are forced to prove a negative, whereas the Left’s transgressors are always deemed anything but emblematic of their cause.

All that to say, yes, MSNBC would react quite differently if it were Tea Partiers throwing rocks at their anchors. Larry O’Connor made this point today, which though we all know it, remains rather mind-blowing in its stark double standard.

After witnessing the spectacle of MSNBC host Chris Hayes getting pelted with rocks by an angry mob in Ferguson, Mo., Monday night, I was struck by a feeling of anger and frustration. Not at the rioters. Rioters throw rocks. That’s what they do. My anger was at the despicable display of “tolerance” and “understanding” displayed by Hayes, as he lowered his expectations for civil behavior to accommodate his liberal need to be accepted by the mob.

Chris Hayes and his MSNBC colleagues Rachel Maddow, Laurence O’Donnell, Ed Schultz, Chris Matthews, and Al Sharpton, have spent hundreds of hours of air time explaining to the world how the grassroots conservative movement known as the “tea party” is the greatest threat to our democratic republic. Indeed, if Hayes or any of his colleagues were covering a tea party protest against Obamacare or big government spending and a stray rock was thrown his way, he would be suing everyone from Sarah Palin to Sean Hannity to Ted Cruz, and we’d be hearing all about the “violent extremists” on the right.

I suppose Hayes would tell you, “Well, these protesters actually have something to be mad about.” He’d be right that the protests are about a different subject, but though some acts of violence shouldn’t discount an entire movement, they shouldn’t be acceptable responses. And, violence wouldn’t be acceptable, to Hayes or to protesters, at a Tea Party rally. It is a kind of opportunistic soft bigotry to allow it in your ideological fellow travelers.

O’Connor, whose whole piece you should read, offers this as an example of the reaction the other way around:

But we don’t need a hypothetical like this to tell us how MSNBC would react to this scenario. In 2012, an MSNBC producer physically assaulted a person at the RNC convention merely for heckling Chris Matthews over his famous “thrill up his leg” comment. No rocks involved in that incident, just good, old-fashioned free speech.

Oh, but that’s not the first time MSNBC hosts have found the vocalizing of right-of-center sentiments quite appalling and threatening. Let me offer my own flashback to a piece I wrote for the Weekly Standard in the wake of the town halls of August 2009 (I’ve referenced it before, but so glaring is the double standard, it’s worth mentioning again). If you were only watching media coverage of them, you’d assume they were tantamount to a nationwide bloodbath, but the data showed something very different (500+ town halls, 11 instances of documented arguable violence whose evidence I presented, 7 of 11 liberal-on-conservative). Here’s how MSNBC reacted to those harrowing town hall meetings:

It had been a rough month by the time 67-year-old Bert Stead of Redding, Calif., stepped to the microphone at an August 18 town hall meeting with Republican representative Wally Herger. It was about to get rougher.

Dissent, formerly the highest form of patriotism, had suffered a precipitous decline in repute since the beginning of the Obama administration, a decline that in August deepened into a nosedive.

Stead and the thousands of other Obamacare critics flooding town halls to make their dissent known had been called “extremist mobs” by the Democratic National Committee, pawns of the insurance industry by Senator Dick Durbin, “un-American” by Nancy Pelosi and Steny Hoyer, “brownshirts” by Representative Brian Baird of Washington, “manufactured” and “Astroturf” by White House press secretary Robert Gibbs, “evilmongers” by Senator Harry Reid, accused of “fear-mongering” by the president, and been deemed “political terrorists” by Representative Baron Hill of Indiana.

So the Redding veteran decided to say something about it. “I have been known to say things fishy,” he started, as the crowd cheered his sarcastic allusion to the infamous invitation by the Obama White House (“If you get an email or see something on the web about health insurance reform that seems fishy, send it to flag@whitehouse.gov.”). Stead continued: “I have been known to even attend a Redding Tea Party. .  .  . I wanna say that I’m a proud right-wing terrorist.”

It was clear to those who have followed the debate over town halls, including most of those at Herger’s event, that Stead was mocking the rhetoric of Baron Hill and the other over-the-top Democrats. Herger got the joke: He replied to Stead’s speech with a smile, “Amen, God bless you. There is a great American,” before speaking to his health care concerns.

But MSNBC’s Chris Matthews, a political pugilist turned punctilious scold, declared Stead’s words so awful, he could not bring himself to finish the thought:

A guy who thinks it’s okay, in this day and age, to call himself a right-wing terrorist. This is the dangerous edge, in which these people, including some elected officials, are now dancing. We’ve been here before. Words lead to actions, words create the national mood, the mood creates a license. People take that license and use it. I’m not spelling it out any further because I don’t want to.

Fellow MSNBCer Keith Olbermann took an uncharacteristically hard line on the use of sarcasm in a public forum, saying “even if he was being allegorical or hyperbolic, this is not language to bandy about.” He accused Herger, who refused to apologize for the exchange, of “contributing to this climate of paranoia and violence enveloping our political system.”

Liberal blogger Greg Sargent, from his perch at the Washington Post, bemoaned a right-wing mainstream media that excuses the flagrant use of irony by elderly veterans: “Let’s face it, if a Democrat did this, there would be days of media outrage about it. Not to state the obvious or anything, but right-wing terrorists have been known to kill American citizens.”

Not to state the obvious or anything, but the climate of paranoia and violence that enveloped our political system this August was largely a creation of people like Matthews and Olbermann. The edge on which we’re dancing is about as dangerous as the one Ren McCormack danced on at the Beaumont prom in Footloose. But the newly dour John Lithgows of the left won’t stand for dancing, conveniently forgetting Camp Casey, Code Pink, papier-mâché Bush effigies, assassination fantasies, Bushitlerisms, profane signage, and the vandalism and violence that marked their own dissent earlier in this decade.


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If it was Tea Partiers, MSNBC would be asking why Obama was wasting munitions on ISIS.

PolAgnostic on August 20, 2014 at 9:43 PM

MSLSD makes the meth heads look sane.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on August 20, 2014 at 9:44 PM

Soft bigotry of low expectations.

lorien1973 on August 20, 2014 at 9:45 PM

Of course they will – they are getting street “cred” in Ferguson or so they believe.

They all look like idiots and they are fanning the flames.

gophergirl on August 20, 2014 at 9:46 PM

White liberals: afraid of the people they swear they adore and must protect from themselves.

SouthernGent on August 20, 2014 at 9:46 PM

MSLSD will end up as the official mouth parts of ISIS and they will all wear the burka cause they love the death cult so much. You see they hate America / Americans and it seems to them the right thing to do.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on August 20, 2014 at 9:48 PM

If it was tea partiers, they wouldn’t be throwing rocks. Or looting.
They would leave the place cleaner than when they came.

HornetSting on August 20, 2014 at 9:48 PM

Instead of talking about it, let’s just do an experiment. At the next Tea Party protest, find the MSNBC camera and start hurling rocks. As Flounder said “this is gonna be great!”

Bill-Republic of Texas on August 20, 2014 at 9:49 PM

They just don’t think Right Wingers are capable of verbal wit and the use of sarcasm but they are damn sure that there are always more rocks. Or worse.

Cindy Munford on August 20, 2014 at 9:51 PM

Easy. Invite Chris Hayes to a Tea Party rally. Throw rocks at him. Wait for reaction. Remind him of Ferguson. If he doesn’t mind, throw more rocks at him. If he makes a stink of it to criticize “right-wing teabaggers,” call him out for the phony bastard he is.

Aizen on August 20, 2014 at 9:52 PM

We should throw tampons at them.

Judge_Dredd on August 20, 2014 at 9:52 PM

If it was tea partiers, they wouldn’t be throwing rocks. Or looting.
They would leave the place cleaner than when they came.

HornetSting on August 20, 2014 at 9:48 PM

Yep. They generally smuggle cleaning supplies into protests.

slickwillie2001 on August 20, 2014 at 9:53 PM

It goes to the heart of liberals…. They in their head believe that blacks and other minorities CAN’T act any better. They are the REAL RACISTS. They don’t think that blacks or other minorities KNOW HOW TO ACT ANY BETTER, they don’t believe that they can succeed without GOVERNMENT OR AFFIRMATIVE ACTION, and MOST OF ALL they think that WE AREN’T SMART ENOUGH to think for ourselves.

Raquel Pinkbullet on August 20, 2014 at 9:54 PM

My only regret is that they didn’t hit Hayes in the head with a big one.

307wolverine on August 20, 2014 at 9:55 PM

I wouldn’t mind if the Ferguson cops “detained” little Chrissy for a few hours ala the way they did Wesley Whatshisface from WaPo. Of course, I would want to see this videoed live to watch him wet his pants and scream like a 6-year-old girl in real time.

Bitter Clinger on August 20, 2014 at 9:55 PM

Instead of talking about it, let’s just do an experiment. At the next Tea Party protest, find the MSNBC camera and start hurling rocks. As Flounder said “this is gonna be great!”

Bill-Republic of Texas on August 20, 2014 at 9:49 PM

I’m down. I get first crack at Madcow.
“Was it over when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor!?!?!”

HornetSting on August 20, 2014 at 9:56 PM

307wolverine on August 20, 2014 at 9:55 PM

It was pretty impressive that one of his entourage batted that one away.

Cindy Munford on August 20, 2014 at 9:56 PM

Remember Lawrence O’Donnell challenging one of the Romney boy’s to fisticuffs? Too much.

MSNBC has been off the rails for years.

can_con on August 20, 2014 at 9:57 PM

Yep: MSNBC would react quite differently if Tea Partiers threw rocks at them
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Crap,…..I’d save the stones,…and hurl used
Tea-Bags,

*Runs*,…..(snark)!!

canopfor on August 20, 2014 at 9:57 PM

If it was tea partiers, they wouldn’t be throwing rocks. Or looting. They would leave the place cleaner than when they came.

HornetSting on August 20, 2014 at 9:48 PM

…and they’d start talking about the Federalist papers and put all the cable news reporters to sleep.

RBMN on August 20, 2014 at 9:58 PM

Shut up, they explain.

Axeman on August 20, 2014 at 9:58 PM

Of course, getting an MSNBC lib queen to actually attend a Tea Party rally is a virtual non-starter. They wouldn’t want their pre-conceived notions getting shattered into a million pieces.

Bitter Clinger on August 20, 2014 at 9:58 PM

Obama Says “Argue With Neighbors, Get In Their Face”
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZCMDur9CDZ4

canopfor on August 20, 2014 at 10:00 PM

Soft bigotry of low expectations.

lorien1973 on August 20, 2014 at 9:45 PM

This.

And Libbies: THIS>

Amazingly sad who the race hustlers have to defend. You know the Trayvons, the Browns, etc. Losers and yes thugs. Protest all you want but Brown was a thug. I saw the video. You did too.

Weirdly these guys aren’t simply some nice kid walking down the street…..strange eh?

CW on August 20, 2014 at 10:01 PM

If it was tea partiers, they wouldn’t be throwing rocks. Or looting. They would leave the place cleaner than when they came.

HornetSting on August 20, 2014 at 9:48 PM

…and they’d start talking about the Federalist papers and put all the cable news reporters to sleep.

RBMN on August 20, 2014 at 9:58 PM

It would confuse them.

HornetSting on August 20, 2014 at 10:01 PM

And remember when the anti-PPACTAs got really out of control, one of them might have yelled so loud that spittle flew at a congressman!

How could they stand there and YELL at people like that?!?!

It’s a good thing for conservatives Darren Wilson wasn’t on the scene that day!

Axeman on August 20, 2014 at 10:03 PM

FlashBack:

Democrats: our bullseye targets on House districts are not like Palin’s crosshair targets
by George Bennett | April 8th, 2010
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http://www.postonpolitics.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/04/dccc-target-map.jpg

http://www.postonpolitics.com/2010/04/democrats-our-bullseye-targets-on-house-districts-are-not-like-palins-crosshair-targets/

canopfor on August 20, 2014 at 10:04 PM

And at one Obamacare townhall, somebody pounded on the door!!!!!!! And said that they were taxpayers too.

I mean just think how rude that noise sounded in the chamber!!

Axeman on August 20, 2014 at 10:05 PM

If it was tea partiers, they wouldn’t be throwing rocks. Or looting.
They would leave the place cleaner than when they came.

HornetSting on August 20, 2014 at 9:48 PM

HornetSting: Precisely so:0

canopfor on August 20, 2014 at 10:06 PM

FlashBack:

Democrats: our bullseye targets on House districts are not like Palin’s crosshair targets
by George Bennett | April 8th, 2010

Not only that, but they were shooting arrows all over the place!

Axeman on August 20, 2014 at 10:07 PM

There is NO TEA PARTY.

We supposedly elected 65 of them in 2010, more of them in 2012 and can’t get 1/2 of them elected through the primaries on the republican side this time.

All of that work was for nothing. NOT A FREAKING PEEP out of those clowns. Sure, Ted Cruz and Steve King and nutty Rand Paul (who thinks he’s a republican that can reach out to the black community by embracing and pandering to them) but where are ALL THE SO-CALLED CONSERVATIVES we elected?

The whole Tea Party thing never caught on with the mainstream. People just don’t care enough. Politics is dirty, plagued with crooks that will destroy people and their lives (look at the despicable Governor Nixon in Missouri and what’s he’s saying about this poor cop). People just want to be left alone and don’t know, or care that Karl Rove is just a smarmy very successful political animal for sale to the highest bidder.

And what about the open border and a President about to legalize 15 million new Democrat voters?

We are so very screwed.

#wasteoftime

PappyD61 on August 20, 2014 at 10:07 PM

It looked like Rachel Maddow’s little sister Chrissy was trying to get hit by one of the rocks. So he could have a battle wound to show he was down with the struggle.

HumpBot Salvation on August 20, 2014 at 10:07 PM

FlashBack Part Deux,..speaking of TownHall Meetings:

PETE STARK: “I wouldn’t dignify you by peeing on your leg”
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wUpW6lM958M

canopfor on August 20, 2014 at 10:09 PM

If it was the Tea Party chucking rocks little Chrissy would gave been screaming at the cops to open fire.

HumpBot Salvation on August 20, 2014 at 10:10 PM

opportunistic soft bigotry

The left excels in it. With a large helping of hypocrisy.

GarandFan on August 20, 2014 at 10:11 PM

That Tea Party witch Palin was practically holding the gun herself back in the day……

http://gawker.com/5728545/shot-congresswoman-was-in-sarah-palins-crosshairs

Gabrielle Giffords, The Arizona congresswoman shot today outside a Tucson Safeway, was featured on Sarah Palin’s infamous ‘crosshairs’ map, which targeted legislators who voted for Obama’s health care bill. Remember? The map that was criticized as an incitement to violence?

Giffords, a third-term legislator, supported Obama’s health care reform bill. This earned her a place on the map, posted to Takebackthe20.com by Sarah Palin’s Political Action Committe, that literally put Democrats in the cross-hairs last spring after the bill passed. “Don’t retreat, instead- RELOAD!” was how Palin introduced the map to her Twitter followers. Days later, a vandal smashed the glass door of Giffords’ Tucson office. Giffords’ father tells the New York Post that members of the Tea Party “always threatened” his daughter.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iDJGb__n0pc

PappyD61 on August 20, 2014 at 10:13 PM

Tonight Tingles Matthews was hot under the collar the black unemployment rate in Ferguson is 50 percent. Gee, did that happen this week? Month? Year? Wonder what it was election night 2012.

Marcus on August 20, 2014 at 10:13 PM

Giffords said the rhetoric is “heated” on the Tea Party side.

Palin, “consequences to those actions”……Giffords blamed Palin for the violence.

PappyD61 on August 20, 2014 at 10:15 PM

Why do we say stupid things like ‘double standards’?

MSNBC’s anchor/host is down there leading the riots/looting.

That’s a million miles from ‘bias’.

faraway on August 20, 2014 at 10:15 PM

PappyD61 on August 20, 2014 at 10:13 PM

Hah ha. Thanks for the non sequitur parade.

Axeman on August 20, 2014 at 10:18 PM

The Tea Party hates black people.

They want to take away all their freebies and keep Peggy Joseph and her sistahs from getting their gas and mortgage taken care of.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iDJGb__n0pc

If they really liked blacks and Hispanics and the poor they would want to keep giving them more and more hundreds of billions of dollars (like we have since Welfare in the mid sixties).

Why do Tea Partiers hate poor peoples?

PappyD61 on August 20, 2014 at 10:18 PM

Enough race hustling

Just get off your fat lazy asses and contribute to this society and its economy

And no more freebies

TexasJew on August 20, 2014 at 10:21 PM

Giffords said the rhetoric is “heated” on the Tea Party side.

Palin, “consequences to those actions”……Giffords blamed Palin for the violence.

PappyD61 on August 20, 2014 at 10:15 PM

PappyD61: Excellent ReCall Pappy, we know that Hopey Instigator-
In-Chief helped sow this crap that has, and is still
unfolding—:)

canopfor on August 20, 2014 at 10:23 PM

These People Are Helping The Terrorists MURDER innocent people and CUT THEIR HEADS OFF!!!

williamg on August 20, 2014 at 10:23 PM

The Tea Party hates black people.

They want to take away all their freebies and keep Peggy Joseph and her sistahs from getting their gas and mortgage taken care of.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iDJGb__n0pc

If they really liked blacks and Hispanics and the poor they would want to keep giving them more and more hundreds of billions of dollars (like we have since Welfare in the mid sixties).

Why do Tea Partiers hate poor peoples?

PappyD61 on August 20, 2014 at 10:18 PM

PappyD61:

Remember the UnionGoonion thuggery:)
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SEIU Attack Black Tea Party Patriot & Tampa Town DNC Slaps Man
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cFeUhSlHiUQ

canopfor on August 20, 2014 at 10:27 PM

Seriously?? And, where are all those dikks, today? Why bring them up? We all know, the MSM sukk! C’mon! Preaching to the choir has gotten us, where?

LastRonin on August 20, 2014 at 10:29 PM

Nice article MKH.

Wonder if the 2 clowns that got detained early on in this nonsense have even an ounce of remorse for their woe-is-me tantrums following what Foley gave to be a reporter.

smitty41 on August 20, 2014 at 10:36 PM

The Brown shirts of the left pretending to be the media almost make me want live up to their expectations. Two things things would happen, they would not speak out the lies anymore for the same fear of Muslims and many more would join. The latter is their true fear and rightly so.

jukin3 on August 20, 2014 at 10:36 PM

In the marketplace of ideas, MSNBC is the Kwik-E-Mart…

Hypocrisy is the progressive liberal’s stock in trade, they have taken the warnings of Orwell and Rand and made them into how-to manuals. The pendulum has swung so far to the left, it is going to be very messy when it starts to swing the other way.

The looters won in 2012, and they are going to get paid, one way or another.

wytshus on August 20, 2014 at 10:40 PM

Tea Partiers wouldn’t subject a perfectly good rock to torture by throwing it at Chris Matthews.

BKennedy on August 20, 2014 at 10:42 PM

At least we now know who’s Leaning Forward.

UnstChem on August 20, 2014 at 10:44 PM


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You are not very bright are you. I can’t bring myself to even concider “MSLSD” a proper news outlet because they are so bias. But what you are saying is just dumb. I also don’t like what you said about GW on another thread. He is a good man who had to make choices you will never have to make. If some were wrong, at least the motive was what was best for America.
Your rantings only make the rest of us look dumb. Ammo for the left.

scookam on August 20, 2014 at 10:53 PM

Only about 3% or so of the “protesters” arrested in Ferguson are from the area.

MSLSD equates thugs with honest people.

formwiz on August 20, 2014 at 11:00 PM

If it was tea partiers, they wouldn’t be throwing rocks. Or looting. They would leave the place cleaner than when they came.

HornetSting on August 20, 2014 at 9:48 PM

…and they’d start talking about the Federalist papers and put all the cable news reporters to sleep.

RBMN on August 20, 2014 at 9:58 PM

It would confuse them.

HornetSting on August 20, 2014 at 10:01 PM

Media: “Papers? Use a bong dude, get a better crunk.”

itsspideyman on August 20, 2014 at 11:06 PM

Hypocrisy is the progressive liberal’s stock in trade, they have taken the warnings of Orwell and Rand and made them into how-to manuals. The pendulum has swung so far to the left, it is going to be very messy when it starts to swing the other way.

The looters won in 2012, and they are going to get paid, one way or another.

wytshus on August 20, 2014 at 10:40 PM

Yep, and we have less than two years to go until The Finale. 2016, endgame for the Commies…either ZeroBama goes “all-in” refusing elections or refusing to step down, or Hitlary steps in and finishes the Commie Takeover Plan.

Take your pick, it’s over in 2016. Be a Boy Scout, and “Be Prepared”.

Who is John Galt on August 20, 2014 at 11:07 PM

Who the hell watches that sorry excuse for a network anyway?

Pelosi Schmelosi on August 20, 2014 at 11:17 PM

Hammer- Love your spunk kid…. But this post is LAME-O.
The scent of victim-hood in the theme here is rather off-putting.
Embrace the Marxist double standard, then kick the socialists in the azzz….(figuratively) …. and remind them how dishonest they are…at every turn.
Do not let these creeps define you. Ever.

FlaMurph on August 20, 2014 at 11:18 PM

Easy. Invite Chris Hayes to a Tea Party rally. Throw rocks at him. Wait for reaction. Remind him of Ferguson. If he doesn’t mind, throw more rocks at him. If he makes a stink of it to criticize “right-wing teabaggers,” call him out for the phony bastard he is.

Aizen on August 20, 2014 at 9:52 PM

…And then throw more Rocks at him…..

Markvike on August 20, 2014 at 11:31 PM

If it was tea partiers, they wouldn’t be throwing rocks. Or looting. They would leave the place cleaner than when they came.

HornetSting on August 20, 2014 at 9:48 PM

But there’s always the risk of a journalist standing next to a trash can when someone with poor aim tries to toss something in.

At least, I’m going to claim it’s just poor aim…

malclave on August 21, 2014 at 12:09 AM

We should throw tampons at them.

Judge_Dredd on August 20, 2014 at 9:52 PM

From what I have seen, the MSNBC reporters will already be well-stocked.

Tard on August 21, 2014 at 1:03 AM

Oh, you were being sarcastic!

Tard on August 21, 2014 at 1:04 AM

Haha

Tard on August 21, 2014 at 1:05 AM

OK, time for some truth.

1) Aside from the fact that they themselves are collectivist totalitarians who long for a dictatorship of the proletariat, because they believe that they will be among the dictators; the media acts the way that it does because of fear.

2) They fear that the government will punish them if they do not suck up to those in power. That punishment may be something as mild as loss of access all the way to being treated like they were a conservative citizen and targeted by the Coercive Organs of the State™.

3) They fear that Leftist’s and their client groups will punish them violently if they do not toe the line. Keep in mind it is the Left and their clients that has a history of targeting individuals with violence.

4) They fear Islam, because Muslims will kill those who they view as insufficiently respectful. They just proved it in the video they released. Reporters and editors are terrified that Muslims will target them for death if they write the truth.

5) Until the media has reason to fear consequences for lying, attacking, and slandering conservatives as much as they fear their masters; they will continue to do so. It ain’t politically correct, but it is true.

Subotai Bahadur on August 21, 2014 at 2:02 AM

If Tea Pariters threw rocks, they wouldn’t have missed.

Ronnie on August 21, 2014 at 2:37 AM

Instead of talking about it, let’s just do an experiment. At the next Tea Party protest, find the MSNBC camera and start hurling rocks. As Flounder said “this is gonna be great!”
Bill-Republic of Texas on August 20, 2014 at 9:49 PM

I got a better idea: let’s throw rubber bullets at them!

BigAlSouth on August 21, 2014 at 6:06 AM

MKH, if you’d stop watching MSNBS their ratings would drop 33%.

Just sayin’

Smegley on August 21, 2014 at 6:51 AM

When it comes to protests, I always try to give the grace that is unafforded my ideological allies and me, to others.

“Get me re-write!”

Ricard on August 21, 2014 at 8:35 AM

Except tea party patriots don’t throw rocks. And journalists usually pretend they don’t see a tea party rally, “crickets,” in case they might have to say what it ‘s all about. Think January, the March for Life.

Remember Glen Beck’s rally in D.C. where the crowd didn’t leave a mess, no trash, behind? They don’t throw rocks, they don’t even throw trash. They don’t loot shops. They don’t hang out in the parking lot of the 24 hr. store. It is hard for many of them to act like protesters, it’s more like a fourth of july parade.

Fleuries on August 21, 2014 at 10:31 AM

If the people in the tea party wanted to throw, they’d be more accurate!

Hayes would be doing the interview from a hospital bed with a bandage on his noggin!

If someone said I could take a free shot at the MSNBC crew, without repercussions…well…I mean, wouldn’t you?!

archer52 on August 21, 2014 at 12:34 PM

Mostly peaceful political violence is always from the left.

jukin3 on August 21, 2014 at 12:51 PM