Liberal Washington Post columnist Dana Milbank appeared on MSNBC, Thursday, to report on the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC). Milbank's lapel prominently displayed a Media Research Center "Don't believe the liberal media" button. To the MSNBC crew, the idea of a left-wing press was a big joke. Martin Bashir could barely keep a straight face as he wondered, "Dana, I understand you're wearing a somewhat impressive badge today...Don't believe the liberal media."
Although Milbank insisted, "I picked it out myself," he likely got it from the MRC booth at CPAC. Over the years, Milbank and other journalists have visited the MRC presence at CPAC, seemingly amused at the concept of media bias. The Washington Post journalist joked, "I'm undercover here as you can see at CPAC."
After noting that Rick Perry was standing a few feet away from him, Milbank added, "I find him to be a very intelligent and handsome man and also quite a bit larger than I am."
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A transcript of the March 14 exchange is below:
MARTIN BASHIR: Dana, I understand you're wearing a somewhat impressive badge today. Would you like to describe what it says? Oh, there we are. Don't believe the liberal media. Who was that given to you by?
DANA MILBANK: Oh, well, I've picked that out myself, Martin. I'm undercover here as you can see at CPAC. I'm only a few feet away from Governor Perry who is talking to Fox News. I'd like to say, in contrast to what was said in your earlier segment, I find him to be a very intelligent and handsome man and also quite a bit larger than I am.