Common decency dictates you shouldn't congratulate someone for possibly ruining the career and marriage of a fellow human being.
Such morality eluded MSNBC's Chris Matthews and the Washington Post's Nia-Malika Henderson Monday when they actually congratulated - on national television, no less! - Politico's Jonathan Martin for Sunday's hit piece on Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain (video follows with transcript and commentary):
CHRIS MATTHEWS, HOST: We start with the latest on Herman Cain. Jonathan Martin is chief political correspondent for Politico, and Nia-Malika Henderson is a political reporter for the Washington Post. Let’s show us now what we’ve heard latest. NBC has confirmed that one woman received a settlement from the National Restaurant Association after complaining about inappropriate sexual conduct by Herman Cain. NBC News is not disclosing the name of the woman nor characterizing who she is. Today, Herman Cain acknowledged he had been accused of sexual harassment but said the charges were not true. Let’s listen.
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HERMAN CAIN: In all of my over 40 years of business experience, running businesses and corporations, I have never sexually harassed anyone. While at the restaurant association, I was accused of sexual harassment, falsely accused I might add. I was falsely accused of sexual harassment, and when the charges were brought, as the leader of the organization, I recused myself and allowed my general counsel and my human resource officer to deal with the situation. As far as a settlement, I am unaware of any sort of settlement. I hope it wasn’t for much because I didn’t do anything.
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MATTHEWS: Well, let’s go to Jonathan Martin. J-Mar, congratulations on breaking this story.
J-Mar, congratulations on breaking this story.
Let's all celebrate that a man's career and personal life might be destroyed based on 20-year-old allegations from faceless, nameless accusers.
Hip, hip hooray.
But that was just the start of the celebration, for a few minutes later, the Post’s Henderson joined in the backslapping:
NIA-MALIKA HENDERSON, WASHINGTON POST: Yeah, and you heard Herman Cain for instance today call it a witch hunt, and obviously conservatives are blaming it on the liberal media. But I will say I think there have been rumors about this swirling around his campaign, swirling around press organizations, and, you know, kudos to you J-Mar for breaking this thing.
Kudos, "J-Mar." For he's a jolly good fellow.
As the shameless segment came to a conclusion, Matthews slapped “J-Mar” on the back again:
MATTHEWS: Anyway, thank you Jonathan Martin, congratulations on the scoop I guess, and Nia-Malika Henderson, thank you for congratulating him for his scoop.
Such joy on the Left over the possible destruction of a man some saintly by comparison liberals said a few weeks ago on this very network would be swooned over by the media if he were a Democrat.
Instead, because he's a black conservative, he is to be loathed, attacked, and hopefully thrown out of politics for good.
I find it fascinating that on a day when I am truly ashamed to be in any way associated with the news media because of the behavior of all those involved in this hit piece so many in the press are celebrating as if they just won the World Series.
What a truly disgusting industry this has become.
I honestly can't fathom how people like this look themselves in the mirror when they brush their teeth.