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MSNBC does it again: cringe-inducing promos

posted at 8:59 am on July 23, 2012 by

And now, for your viewing pleasure, Rachel Maddow’s deep thoughts on what she perceives as a disconnect between small government advocates and pro-lifers:


Noah Glyn, at the National Review’s blog The Corner, does a terrific job of shredding this shallow — and silly — argument. I’ll only add that Maddow’s opinion is a common one, from my experience, on the left. Many liberal pundits seem to think they’re being clever by pointing out how small-government lovers also love sticking their nose in a woman’s private business.

Whatever one’s beliefs about abortion and abortion restrictions, is it really too hard to understand that one can be for restricting government’s intrusion into our daily lives and still be for abortion restrictions in general? As Glyn points out, government’s main role, in fact, is to protect the lives of its citizens.

Liberals seem to mistake conservatives for anarchists. Barack Obama talks about roads and bridges as if there was some great force arguing that government should stop all infrastructure projects. Obama knocks down these strawmen with great vigor, because, believe it or not, when you argue against imaginary people, you usually win.

There is a place for government in our lives. It’s nice to drive on government roads, drink clean water, and use unleaded gasoline. The most important function of government, however, is to protect people’s lives…

Watching this 30-second clip reminded me of yet more MSNBC promos that have me shaking my head. I covered others in the past, but the material is vast, and they keep providing more!  Here’s one of my faves featuring Ed Schultz, talking about how he gets the “pulse” of the people by going on the road and listening to their “narratives” (be warned: this is a clip from MSNBC’s site and includes many promo spots. The Schultz one should be queued up first):

I have to agree with Ed on one thing: listening is important. But maybe a commentator would better serve his audience if he listened to points of view that didn’t always echo his own.

Ed seemed to be suffering from that echo chamber effect before the Wisconsin recall election last month, on more than one occasional predicting that polling wasn’t showing the full picture and that the enthusiasm among the anti-Gov. Scott Walker crowd would carry the day for Democrat Tom Barrett. On the Monday before that election he was on the air saying:

I have been in Wisconsin this past weekend, stopping by in Racine and Burlington and North Milwaukee and also going to Baraboo.  And everywhere I went, there was unbelievable enthusiasm.

So this is one for the archives, folks.  I don`t know how the polls can be judging the heart and desire of the people that I ran into this weekend.

The rest of that show carried variations on this theme–his listening was telling him that Wisconsinites were ready to overthrow Walker, and, by the way, he didn’t hear “one person” complaining about President Obama not showing up to campaign for Tom Barrett.  Oh, and Republicans “didn’t listen” to the people when Scott Walker and the legislature pushed union contract reforms through.

Ed Schultz’s “listening” so convinced him of a Scott Walker defeat that he was in denial on election night itself. When Rachel Maddow gave him the bad news that, uh, NBC was calling the race for Walker, Schultz said:

NBC is calling it for Walker. Okay, I think it’s awful close and there’s a lot of absentee ballots yet that are still out,  and it’s going to be very, very close down to the wire.

Walker won by seven points, a number reflected in one of the polls (Marquette University’s) Schultz wasn’t listening to.

MSNBC seems to be running some new promos lately. I just saw a fresh Chris Matthews spot where he’s pointing to Mount Rushmore and talking about…something. So there will be plenty more to opine on in the future.


Libby Sternberg is a novelist. She blogs at several places, including a book/movie review spot for conservatives, Lean Reviews.

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The “conservatives = anarchists” myth is at the core of most Lefty debates. This is because most Lefties do not even know what the American conservative philosophy actually is. They operate on caricatures and false stereotypes. That, and most Lefties rely on Howard Zinn for their history lessons.

visions on July 23, 2012 at 9:13 AM

Okay cleary the guy has an in depth opinion, what ever the hell it is. And the more he speaks the more he self promotes abortion, but we are a humane species, he is still a human being. But shouldn’t this jibberish end with something a little more complete likie, “Turn around, ‘lean forward’ and I’ll sell you a bridge around here really cheap”?

onomo on July 23, 2012 at 9:16 AM

Obama knocks down these strawmen with great vigor, because, believe it or not, when you argue against imaginary people, you usually win.

On the positive side, Obama’s not blaming BOOOOOOOSH when he’s too busy blaming people that don’t exist.

Mr. Prodigy on July 23, 2012 at 9:27 AM

That dude is nuts.

Pork-Chop on July 23, 2012 at 10:04 AM

Idiots on parade

cmsinaz on July 23, 2012 at 10:06 AM

So big effin’ whoop. Libs love to talk about ‘hands off my womb’, but they’re willing to let TSA agents molest little kids and elderly people (and everyone else), to molest all of us with their ‘health care bill’, to tell us what we can and can’t put in our bodies, what we can and can’t do with our property and on and on and on ad infinitum et ad nauseam.

We should just start telling them, very loudly and very publicly, we don’t give a d*mn what they they think because they have poo poo for brains and that they can all go eff off.

There is no use trying to reason with them; they are dogmatic and fanatical, little better than kamikaze pilots or jihadi terrorists. The only humane thing you can do with them is discredit them and marginalize them and shut them up. And the only way to do that is to (a) use power when you have it to take their voice (penalizing bias in universities against conservatives, impeaching activist judges, zapping any non profit that steps out of line) and (b) to shout them down wherever you engage them. That’s all they understand – brute force. (To the idiot gov’t voyeurs that might be working to ‘protect’ the country – brute force here is not literal physical force. Understanding this requires critical thinking skills well beyond what is required to pass a civil service test, so I post this addendum for your benefit.)

avgjo on July 23, 2012 at 10:07 AM

Liberals can always win the anti-life argument so long as we all sit down and agree there is no life being terminated.

StubbleSpark on July 23, 2012 at 11:56 AM

Have you noticed Rachel is morphing into this guy:

Kenz on July 23, 2012 at 12:27 PM

Even in Mayberry (a town with no discernible government), you can bet Sheriff Andy would have been concerned and involved if someone was killing babies.

Marcola on July 23, 2012 at 12:30 PM

MSNBC- Cringe Forward!

BlaxPac on July 23, 2012 at 2:04 PM

I don’t get the reverse falsetto.

Ben Hur on July 24, 2012 at 11:38 AM