Former CNNer Bob Franken: Pawlenty Plotting 'Oligarchy'

It takes a former CNN "correspondent" to make Tim Pawlenty sound scary . . .

It's kind of fun to watch former MSM "reporters" turn into totally-out, liberal partisans once they leave their "reporting" gigs.  Take Bob Franken. For years a big-time national correspondent for CNN, the network let him go in 2007.  Franken is now free to let his liberal freak flag fly. 

Witness Bob on MSNBC this evening.  Commenting on Tim Pawlenty's tax-cut proposal, Franken fulminated that the former Minnesota governor is planning nothing less than to lead [cue spooky music] an "oligarchy."   Franken also took a scatalogical shot at "trickle-down" economics.

View video after the jump.


Watch Franken in action with a rant that would make Keith Olbermann proud, and consider that for years CNN held this guy out as an objective "correspondent" on a top national level.

Franken appeared on Cenk Uygur's MSNBC show.
 

CENK UYGUR: I mean, Bob, is this guy serious?

BOB FRANKEN: Well, he's serious in that he's pandering to the segment of the Republican party, the very wealthy, by basically letting them off the hook for any responsibility.  They're interested in buying back a government.  And so he is out there trying to see to it that he is the one where they shower all their wealth on, so he can turn around then and lead the government and be the person who heads their oligarchy.    

The simple fact of the matter is that this is nothing new.  There's an old discredited theory you called voo-doo economics.  It was called the Laffer Curve, Laffer Curve, it was a laugher from the beginning. A rising tide lifts all boats.  You know: there's a trickle down theory. Of course they don't say what trickles down on people. [Belly laughs from Cenk.]  The point is that this is something that Republicans love to talk about and they drive us deeper and deeper into debt when they do.

Mark Finkelstein
Mark Finkelstein is a contributing editor for NewsBusters.