While MSNBC has struggled mightily with scandalous outbursts from its hosts Alec Baldwin, Martin Bashir, and Melissa Harris-Perry, “Hardball” host Chris Matthews keeps pounding away at allegedly racist Republicans who want to “erase Obama from the history books.”
On Thursday night’s “Hannity,” Sean Hannity asked MRC president Brent Bozell “why no scrutiny” for the wacky accusations of Matthews? He began his Tuesday night show wailing about the horrific consequences if Republicans advance in the 2014 midterms:
MATTHEWS: ...a return to something like Jim Crow days, redolent of all the old anti-black gimmickry of that time -- literary tests and poll taxes all the rest. The goal will be to erase not just Obama from the history books but any evidence that someone of his background should ever think of being president. It will mean victory for the haters.
HANNITY: Jim crow, literacy tests, poll taxes – he’s talking about tea party there. That to me is so over the top and outrageous. Why no scrutiny for him?
BOZELL: No, and look, if you were to ask Chris Matthews to cite a single example of anyone who ever said this to him, he can't do it. If you had him cite an example of anyone who wrote this to anyone else, he can't do it. This is made up out of whole cloth.
In the same day he also said the Republicans were going to take us to war. So he is playing the LBJ daisy commercial all over again. What’s going on at MSNBC? Obviously they're being told at Comcast to push the envelope -- push it, push it, push it. And what happens on the personal -- you end up making insults like defecating in Sarah Palin's mouth.
What no one’s focusing on is the political – and this form of ad hominem on the attack, trying to discredit Republicans. They can't debate us, Sean. They can't debate the conservative movement. They're left with only personal attacks.
Brent also discussed several other media outrages with Sean, including CNN's Candy Crowley wondering why an unemployed person would ever support Republicans, and the talk over Bob Gates "betraying" a "sitting president" with a book. Anti-Bush books by former staffers were greeted as truth-telling, not "betrayal," Bozell said.