In a rather amusing moment that one might say was symptomatic of MSNBC, "News Live" host Contessa Brewer on Tuesday featured a segment on a truck that the Democratic National Committee would be bringing to different parts of the country. On the vehicle's side was a illustration of radio host Rush Limbaugh smoking a cigar with the words "Americans didn't vote for a Rush to failure" in big letters. MSNBC showcased a photo of the parked truck.
In the upper left corner, a notation reads, "Courtesy: Democratic National Committee." So, the network of Keith Olbermann, Chris Matthews, Rachel Maddow and David Shuster is now airing promotional pictures directly from the DNC? This comes just a day after Shuster, on his "1600 Pennsylvania Avenue" program, railed against "nutty," "offensive" quotes from Limbaugh.
Considering that MSNBC also has a habit of picking up reports directly from the liberal Media Matters, as Shuster did in a March 24 segment on Newt Gingrich, this shouldn't be too surprising.
A transcript of the intro to the segment, which aired at 10:20am, follows:
MONICA NOVOTNY: Well, Rush Limbaugh has said it before: He wants President Obama to fail. But now, he's taking that wish one step further.
CONTESSA BREWER: Monica, the President's plan for the auto industry has Rush all revved up again. Listen to the latest rhetoric on his radio show.
RUSH LIMBAUGH: Based on what we've seen with General Motors and the banks, if he fails, America is saved. Barack Obama's policies and their failure is the only hope we've got to maintain the America of our founding.
BREWER: Oh, now the DNC is fighting back with wheels of its own. [Onscreen picture of DNC truck appears. Graphic reads: "Courtesy: Democratic National Committee."] The Democrats rolled into Limbaugh's hometown of West Palm Beach this morning. "Americans didn't vote for a Rush to failure." Driving this truck. Because, this is where Rush Limbaugh is expected to spend much more time frequently in Palm Beach Florida.