Latest MSNBC 'Lean Forward' Ad Implies Republican Opposition To Obama Illegitimate

Whatever happened to the good old days, when the MSM glorified "speaking truth to power"?  We all know the answer: that epoch ended on January 20, 2009.

Nowadays, opposing power, particularly in the person of the president, far from being something to be praised, is downright illegitimate in some liberal media eyes.  Take the latest "Lean Forward" promo by MSNBC, in which Ed Schultz actually claims that those "standing up to the president" are nothing but "bullies."  Video after the jump.

Watch Schultz slam as "bullies" those who dare oppose Barack Obama.

ED SCHULTZ: What we're seeing is bullies.  Political bullies, who want it their way or the highway, standing up to the president.  And who's feeling the hurt?  The middle class and the working poor.  The haves and the have mores?  They're getting off scot-free.  In fact, they're making a case that they're actually paying too much!  If we're going to get this country back to work again, it's going to take shared sacrifice. Those who have had all of the breaks over the last ten years are going to have to give a little bit more. And those who have not had the breaks are going to have to be given the opportunity to do more.

Note: you'll see that I let the clip roll on a bit into the ING commercial that followed.  The two guys discussing the size of nest egg they need for retirement seem to be on the somewhat more affluent side of the same street as Schultz was.  The Mad Men of Madison Avenue seem to have decided that surburban streetscapes give credibility to messages.

Mark Finkelstein
Mark Finkelstein is a contributing editor for NewsBusters.