MSNBC does it again: cringe-inducing promos
posted at 8:59 am on July 23, 2012 by Libby Sternberg
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.