On the Wednesday, April 16, PoliticsNation on MSNBC, far-left host Al Sharpton berated what he viewed as "extremism" and "intolerant radical views" of Republican candidates for U.S. Senate in Mississippi and North Carolina as he highlighted comments that he considered "offensive," "ugly," and "vile."
Guest Jonathan Capehart of the Washington Post went so far as to hyperbolically suggest that the GOP is "going to cease to exist" unless Republican Party leaders who are "aghast at the far-right extremists" do not react against these candidates.
On the Monday, April 14, PoliticsNation, host Al Sharpton squeezed more mileage out of President Obama's Friday visit to the MSNBC host's National Action Network as Sharpton devoted another segment to the President's words criticizing new laws against voter fraud, with Sharpton accusing Republicans of "waging a war on voting rights." The PoliticsNation host had previously highlighted Obama's speech on Friday's show.
Ryan Grim of the Huffington Post soon joined Sharpton in going over the top as he accused Republicans of engaging in a "concerted effort" to "disenfranchise a vast block of voters," and of "trying to make" voting "illegal."
After a clip of President Obama addressing Sharpton's National Action Network on Friday, the MSNBC host recalled:
On the Friday, April 11, The Ed Show, MSNBC's Ed Schultz gave a political hack-style answer to a viewer question about why Republicans allegedly "dislike the poor so much" as he asserted that the poor are "useless" to conservatives because Republicans are "all about power."
Ignoring the millions of poor people who do, in fact, vote for the GOP in each election cycle, helping many Republicans get elected, the MSNBC host proclaimed:
On the Friday, April 11, PoliticsNation on MSNBC, host Al Sharpton led the show by pushing the liberal mantra that Republicans are in a "war on voting" as he highlighted President Obama's speech earlier that day to Sharpton's own left-wing National Action Network organization on the subject of voting rights.
And later in the show, as Sharpton hosted a segment dismissing the various Obama administration scandals, guest and liberal talk radio host Bill Press accused FNC audience members of being "dumb" as he asserted that California Republican Rep. Darrell Issa should be "on the payroll" of FNC head Roger Ailes.
Appearing as a guest on Tuesday's PoliticsNation on MSNBC, the Daily Beast's Michelle Cottle -- formerly of the New Republic -- accused Texas Senator Ted Cruz of "playing to the passions and paranoia" of the Republican base during a discussion of Cruz's criticism of the Obama administration's record of adhering to the law.
After host Al Sharpton played a clip of Senator Cruz's comments on President Obama, and singled out the Texas Senator's use of the terms "imperial presidency," and "unchecked power," Cottle began her response:
Appearing as a guest on Monday's PoliticsNation, MSNBC contributor and Lehigh University Professor Barry Peterson asserted that Fox News has been part of making "political discourse" become "more toxic." Needless to say, Peterson did not note that his own MSNBC network has been highly "toxic" in political attacks on conservatives.
Host Al Sharpton alluded to a tweet from Hillary Clinton making a crack about not having to personally be receiving "attention" from Fox News during the interview between President Barack Obama and FNC's Bill O'Reilly. Sharpton:
On Monday's PoliticsNation on MSNBC, during a discussion of FNC host Bill O'Reilly's interview with President Barack Obama, MSNBC host Al Sharpton and Washington Post columnist Dana Milbank dismissed the possibility of Obama administration wrongdoing in the IRS and Benghazi scandals.
After linking the IRS commissioner's many White House visits to ObamaCare, Milbank deceptively asserted that President Obama had labelled the Benghazi attack as "terrorism" the day after it happened when, in reality, the President blamed the attack on an anti-Muslim video on YouTube rather than a premeditated attack by an organized terrorist group. Milbank:
On Friday's All In show, MSNBC host Chris Hayes gave a commentary opposing the Keystone pipeline as he compared America's use of oil to "drug addiction," and pushed the far left idea of leaving 80 percent of the world's oil reserves untapped to supposedly prevent the world's temperature from increasing.
The MSNBC host suggested that conservatives are like addicts who are in denial, with liberals as addicts who want to change but can't.
On Thursday's The Last Word with Lawrence O'Donnell on MSNBC, substitute host Ari Melber tried to hype former Nevada Lieutenant Governor Sue Wagner, who left office almost 20 years ago, as a "conservative" who recently left the Republican Party because of the Tea Party.
But, as she appeared as a guest, Wagner quickly identified herself as having been "somewhat liberal my entire life," and put the icing on the cake at the end of the interview as she sdmitted to which news network she "always" watches.
Appearing as a guest on Wednesday's The Last Word with Lawrence O'Donnell, MSNBC's Krystal Ball cracked that Republicans "must feel like they should just take a vow of silence" until the election as she alluded to New York Republican Rep. Michael Grimm's meltdown with a reporter and Mike Huckabee's recent comments about the so-called "war on women."
Referring to Washington Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers giving the Republican response to the State of the Union address, Ball observed:
Appearing as a guest on Tuesday's PoliticsNation on MSNBC, Washington Post columnist Dana Milbank utilized the kind of violent imagery that would make liberals howl if uttered by anyone on the right as he suggested that President Barack Obama needs a "cattle prod" and a "baseball bat" in dealing with Republicans.
On Monday's The Last Word with Lawrence O'Donnell on MSNBC, responding to Kentucky Republican Senator Rand Paul invoking former President Bill Clinton's behavior toward women, MSNBC contributor Joy Reid ridiculously asserted that linking Hillary Clinton to her husband's behavior "might be the definition of the war on woman, war on women to reduce Hillary Clinton to the wife of the cheating ex-President."
After host Lawrence O'Donnell played the clip of Senator Paul from NBC's Meet the Press, Reid began:
On Friday's PoliticsNation on MSNBC, during a discussion of Rush Limbaugh's response to President Obama blaming him and Fox News for people disapproving of his presidency, liberal talk radio host and frequent guest Joe Madison took Limbaugh's words out of context and asserted that Limbaugh admitted to "lying" about Obama.
The liberal talker then alluded to the controversy over some critics calling black NFL player Richard Sherman a "thug" and whether doing so has a racist motivation as Madison suggested that Limbaugh has called the President by the same word as a substitute for the N-word.
Referring to a soundbite of Limbaugh from a few minutes earlier, Madison deceptively charged:
Appearing on Wednesday's The Last Word with Lawrence O'Donnell, MSNBC.com Executive Editor Richard Wolffe asserted that Tea Partiers want someone to "be annoying and inflammatory" in responding to President Barack Obama's State of the Union Address as the group discussed the news that Utah Republican Senator Mike Lee will give a Tea Party response to the President.
On the Thursday, January 23, PoliticsNation on MSNBC, host Al Sharpton characterized voter ID laws as a "poll tax" as he celebrated the 50th anniversary of the abolition of poll taxes with the 24th Amendment's passage.
ED SCHULTZ: For anyone living in reality, those comments by Attorney General Eric Holder, pretty straightforward. This administration has faced unprecedented obstruction and levels of disrespect. The folks across the street don't live in reality. In their world, if you discuss any of this, you're race-baiting.
BRIT HUME, FNC ANALYST, FROM THE APRIL 13 FOX NEWS SUNDAY, CLIP #1: It strikes me as kind of crybaby stuff from Holder. My sense about this is that both Eric Holder and Barack Obama have benefited politically enormously from the fact that they are African-American and the first to hold the jobs that they hold.
HUME, CLIP #2: To those two men, race has been both a shield and a sword that they've used effectively to defend themselves and to attack others. And I think it is depressing at this stage in our national life after all that we've been through on this issue and given the overwhelming consensus on the issue of civil rights that this kind of stuff is still going on.
GEORGE WILL, FNC ANALYST, FROM THE APRIL 13 FOX NEWS SUNDAY, CLIP #1: Liberalism has a kind of Tourette's Syndrome these days. it's just constantly saying the word "racism" and "racist."
WILL, CLIP #2: There's a kind of intellectual poverty now. Liberalism hasn't had a new idea since the 1960s except ObamaCare, and the country doesn't like it.
WILL, CLIP #3: -so what do you do? You say anyone who criticizes us is a racist. It's become a joke among young people. You go to a campus where this kind of political correctness reigns, some young person will say, "Looks like it's going to rain." Person looks and says, "You're a racist." I mean, it's so inappropriate, the constant invocation of this, that it has, I think, becoming a national myrth.
SCHULTZ: Gosh, where do I start? I mean, this is outrageous. So the color of your skin will determine whether you get disrespect or not. I mean, that's what I'm taking off Fox News on that one. Dr. Dyson, I want your reaction. Is Holder a crybaby for responding to the way the Republicans have treated him and the President?
MICHAEL ERIC DYSON, MSNBC ANALYST: Absolutely not. When I looked around that table and saw the enormous diversity -- both skin and gender and color and race -- of course we could come up with a consensus that that was a fair panel. How ludicrous this is. We know that Sunday mornings have usually been given over to conservative white men who carp and complain to no end about the inability to get access when they have it, who carp about the inability to exercise influence when they possess it, who carp about the inabiilty to leverage power when they do it.
So what this is the fact that anybody who speaks against the authority or the legitimacy or the world view of that particular punditocracy, what happens is you come in charged with playing the race card. And, as somebody indicated before, if they were playing the race card, they were dealing the deck that had been handed to them by centuries of traditions, of response by the other side, and so I think Eric Holder is not a crybaby, but has finally told the truth about what he has endured silently all along. And the very moment he speaks up, he is assailed and nailed.
SCHULTZ: Well, Brit Hume, as I see it, is race-bating by showing the position, Goldie, that both Barack Obama and the Attorney General, Eric Holder, has used race as both a shield and a sword. What's your response to that?
GOLDIE TAYLOR, MSNBC ANALYST: You know, Ed, while it may be true that this President and this Attorney General both receive criticism because they happen to be African-American, and don't receive some criticism because they happen to be African-American -- the President himself has said that -- but for George Will and Brit Hume to book this kind of position says that they are so drunk with their own privilege that they don't even know that they have it. That's how high the high happens to be.
But, you know, to say that race and color and gender don't inform our public policy or relation process, it's execution to say that race and gender and, you know, those things don't inform the way that we address one another in this public square, and to say that it has not impacted this President and his overall platform is, you know, is the kind of intellectual poverty I think they really were talking about.
SCHULTZ: Well, it is an absolute that we have a black President and a black Attorney General. It's also an absolute that we have the most obstructed President in the history of the country. Now, that's a legislative fact.
So I want to go back to Eric Holder. Goldie, in response to the accusations of race-bating, Holder pointed out this to the Huffington Post. He says: "I didn't say there was a racial component. I was very careful not to say that."
Do you buy it? Who has the issue with race here?
TAYLOR: And, you know, that is the fact that Eric Holder did not say that he was being discriminated against based upon his color. But I am saying it for him. I am saying what this Attorney General cannot say, this President can't necessarily always say, that they are being treated differently, that they are being regarded differently because someone has spun the color wheel, looked through their own cultural lens, and decided that, as an African-American man, that they are delegitimizing them as President. as Attorney General, that they are step up to the job and do it in a way that maybe their predecessors have done, and maybe, just maybe this man doesn't belong in this White House.
They did it when they said he was probably born in Kenya. They did it when they challenged his birth certificate. You know, they did it when they went after ObamaCare and said that, you know, Uncle Sugar wants to give them free health care and free condoms. You know, that's when they're doing it. They launch claims of socialism and marxism, and that's not to say they have not derided other Presidents, but there is something, something about this President that is different and lets them go further without any repercussion.
DYSON: So those of us who realize that race is at the heart of relations between that race is the nexus of political and social realities, those of us who articulate that truth plainly and straightforwardly and without obsession, but also without apology, are seen to be race baiters ourselves, and we must continue to heap coals of fire upon the heads of those who refuse to acknowlege the centrality, the legitimacy and the unavoidability of race in this particular era.
Even while acknowledging that the IDs are generally issued by states for free, Sharpton cited Attorney General Eric Holder and Georgia Democratic Rep. John Lewis in complaining that simply having to travel to obtain the free ID amounts to a tax. Sharpton began:
Appearing as a guest on the Wednesday, January 22, The Last Word with Lawrence O'Donnell, MSNBC's Karen Finney grasped at straws to try to link opposition to abortion to the possibility of not trusting women to hold various professional roles in business or politics.
During a discussion of Republicans who have embraced this year's annual March for Life, Finney jumped in:
A big irony occurred on Tuesday's PoliticsNation when MSNBC's race-obsessed host, Al Sharpton, devoted a segment to fretting over right-leaning talk radio hosts and FNC hosts who have complained about a recent comment by President Barack Obama about there being "some" who harbor racist sentiments toward him.
But it was MSNBC political analyst and MSNBC.com Executive Editor Richard Wolffe who made comments most directly applicable to Sharpton himself as he complained that some "enjoy the politics of race" and find that it "really helps their ratings," adding that they try to "shout 'racist' louder than anyone else."
On Tuesday's PoliticsNation on MSNBC, host Al Sharpton pretended that the misleading details liberal hero Wendy Davis has used to exaggerate her biography are merely "minor details" and actually suggested that it is the "right wing" who should be embarrassed by repeating the revelations as he ended his regular "Nice Try" segment by proclaiming:
On Saturday's Melissa Harris-Perry show, MSNBC host Harris-Perry made an over the top analogy about the liberal fight against laws restricting abortion as she invoked the art of judo and asked if the political effort was similar to a woman physically fighting off an attacker. (Video follows)
Speaking to Nancy Northrup from the pro-abortion Center for Reproductive Rights, Harris-Perry posed:
On Friday's All In show on MSNBC, host Chris Hayes rejoiced in the "victory" of the Iran sanctions bill in the Senate being stifled, as the MSNBC host expressed his hope that viewers of the show had helped derail the bill, encouraging audience members to "pour yourself a cold one" because "you've earned it."
On Wednesday's All In show, MSNBC's Chris Hayes ended the show with a commentary appealing to 16 Senate Democrats who are joining with Republicans to push more sanctions on Iran, as the MSNBC host blamed the pro-Israel group AIPAC for influencing these Democrats, and accused the Senators of being "intent on sabotaging the President's peace talks and pushing us towards another war."
As he listed out a number of public figures who oppose the Obama administration's deal with Iran, Hayes also framed skeptics of the deal as being "apoplectic at the thought of peace."
On Thursday's All In show on MSNBC, host Chris Hayes charged that Senator David Vitter has found "another way to screw poor people" as he complained that the Louisiana Republican has proposed a photo ID requirement for food stamp recipients.
Hayes brought up Vitter briefly after fretting that new voting rights legislation would not address voter ID requirements and would not ensare as many states for scrutiny as the original Voting Rights Act.
On Wednesday's PoliticsNation, MSNBC host Al Sharpton seemed to accuse Republicans of deliberately causing economic problems as "part of the plan" to attack President Obama during the midterm elections (video follows page break):
On the Monday, January 13, All In with Chris Hayes on MSNBC, host Hayes laughed off the view that encouraging marriage can help some women out of poverty as he spoke to a guest, Shenita Simon-Toussaint, who argued that she has found that being married is more expensive. Hayes posed:
On a special edition of All In with Chris Hayes on Monday, January 13, MSNBC host Hayes and NBC's Maria Shriver devoted the hour to a discussion of poverty in America, 50 years after President Johnson announced the "War on Poverty."
At one point, the two gave New York Democratic Senator Kirsten Gillibrand an unchallenged forum to push for paid family medical leave, without any concerns about the cost to businesses, as Gillibrand fretted that the federally mandated Family and Medical Leave Act does not go far enough since employees are often unable to go without income while taking leave.
On Thursday's PoliticsNation, MSNBC host Al Sharpton accused Republicans of "demonizing" single mothers and placing "blame" on them for poverty in response to several Republicans who have recently complained about government policies that have encouraged poor women to become single mothers.
As he ended his PoliticsNation show on Wednesday, January 8, MSNBC's Al Sharpton praised Attorney General Eric Holder and Education Secretary Arne Duncan for issuing guidelines pushing for schools to reduce "harsh punishment" of students, which the MSNBC host labeled a "national problem," and griped about black students disproportionately receiving discipline.
On Tuesday's PoliticsNation on MSNBC, during a discussion of Republican congressional members who have spoken of the possibility of impeaching President Obama, Washington Post columnist Dana Milbank labeled such talk "tribal politics" and compared it to a "revenge killing" against the President because he won the election.
After host Al Sharpton played clips of several Republican members of Congress from a House Judiciary Committee hearing, Milbank dismissed the likelihood of impeachment and then added:
On Friday, in response to supposedly right-leaning New York Times columnist David Brooks admitting to having used marijuana in the past, one MSNBC anchor was inspired to give a five and a half minute segment recalling a near arrest experience while going through security to attend the 2000 Republican National Convention in Philadelphia. [See video after jump. MP3 audio here.]
Appearing as a guest on Friday's PoliticsNation on MSNBC, during a discussion of conservative Christians making plans to push their agenda, liberal guest Frank Schaeffer charged that Republicans have a "pathological hatred" of President Obama, asserted that the GOP's goal is to "Stop the first African-American President from succeeding at all costs," and then drew a parallel with racist opposition to school intregration decades ago.
After recounting conservative concerns about same-sex marriage, Schaeffer continued: