NBC Reporter Brands Lee Atwater 'The Notorious'

Another young product of Columbia J-school, another typical MSMer . . .

Appearing on MSNBC's Daily Rundown today, NBC reporter Domenico Montanaro spoke of "the notorious Lee Atwater."

What made the insult particularly . . . notorious is that it was entirely gratuitous, utterly unrelated to the subject at hand.  As you'll see from the video after the jump, Montanaro was reporting on the fact that Reince Priebus is the youngest RNC Chairman since Atwater.  Montanaro first refers simply to "Lee Atwater," but then pauses and rephrases as "the notorious Lee Atwater."  So Montanaro went out of his way to swipe at the late Atwater, who at the end of his life famously apologized for his tough campaign tactics.

Montanaro's was MSM mean-spiritedness at its worst.


Watch Montanaro take his nasty shot.

CHUCK TODD: Hey Domenico, quick little fun fact about Priebus that you want to share with us, that you saw this morning, you shared with us and we thought was kind of neat: tell us.

DOMENCIO MONTANARO: Sure, so, Priebus is actually the youngest Chairman of the Republican National Committee in 23 years, back to Lee Atwater--the notorious Lee Atwater who ran George H.W. Bush's campaign.

Mark Finkelstein
Mark Finkelstein
Mark Finkelstein is a contributing editor for NewsBusters.