MSNBC used to bill itself as "the place for politics." An updated version of the slogan would add -- "... provided we're not left embarrassed and defensive." Such has been the case on the cable outlet ever since the execution-style murders of two New York City police officers by a gunman who vowed on social media that he would avenge the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner in their confrontations with police.
On her show Monday night, the network's Rachel Maddow showed a clip of New York City mayor Bill de Blasio at a news conference asking "everyone" and "this is across the spectrum, to put aside protests, put aside demonstrations, until these funerals are passed. (And that includes those of you on the other end of the "spectrum" with your fiendish insistence that "police lives matter.")