MSNBC's Andrea Mitchell deferred to State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki on the Friday edition of her program, and let the Obama administration flack attack the 47 Republican senators who signed an open letter to Iran's leaders. Mitchell led into the segment by playing President Obama's condescending "I'm embarrassed for them" and "it's close to unprecedented" shots at the senators, and gave Psaki a platform to promote the administration's talking points on the issue.
Mika Brzezinski has never been short on hyperbolic statements when it comes to Republicans. But she outdid herself in her Wednesday Morning Joe rant on their letter to Iran. She claimed “Senator Tom Cotton either wants to help out Iran, as Hillary Clinton said, or he doesn't understand politics...and foreign policy.”
Joe Scarborough was quick to label the outrageous remark as "deeply offensive," but Brzezinski doubled down, insisting that "they either wanted to embolden Iran or at least help them or they just were delivering a self-inflicted wound to themselves, with the collateral damage being the President and Iran, possibly. But it was idiotic, really stupid, totally out of step, and as damaging as it gets. Congratulations, Republicans."
Closing his March 12 Hardball program, MSNBC's Chris Matthews spewed that future generations of Americans will look back to today's politics and see that "the age of Jim Crow managed to find a new habitat in the early 21st century Republican Party." Looking back, people "will learn that a new senator from Arkansas got the signatures of 46 other senators on a letter to the hardliners in Iran urging that they reject the efforts of this president to keep them from building a nuclear weapon" and "they will read all this and wonder what was it that made this Republican opposition so all out contemptuous of an American president?"
On her MSNBC show on Thursday, host Andrea Mitchell kept pushing the blatant falsehood that the open letter by Senate Republicans to Iran regarding nuclear negotiations was an "unprecedented" move: "Let's talk about this letter now, because this is unprecedented." Mitchell's guest, Meet the Press moderator Chuck Todd, launched into a rant about how politically damaging the letter was for Republicans.
On Thursday, rapper Method Man spoke to MSNBC’s Tamron Hall about the shooting of two Ferguson police officers, and argued that the DOJ report “kind of played into this and these things shouldn't be happening, but you reap what you sow in a sense.”
Speaking to MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell, on Wednesday night Washington Post columnist Eugene Robinson attacked the GOP for sending a letter to Iran expressing their opposition to a proposed nuclear deal between the United States and Iran. Robinson argued the Iranians “sound like a voice of reason in this whole thing by saying, you know, this whole thing is silly, we're not paying any attention to it and nobody else should.”
On his MSNBC show tonight, trying to explain away a poll showing Fox News to—once again—be the most trusted national news network, Hayes argued that it was unfair since Fox was the only conservative outlet, pitted against MSNBC, CNN, NBC, ABC and CBS.
Hayes analogized the poll to one in which Mike Huckabee was placed against Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, Elizabeth Warren, John Kerry and Al Gore. Huckabee would win, said Hayes, but only because people were split among the others. Hello? The others are all DEMOCRATS. Just like all the non-Fox outlets you mentioned lean left. Thanks, Chris, for making our case about liberal media bias!
Yet again Hardball host Chris Matthews insisted that 47 Republican senators the other day violated federal law by penning an open letter to the government of Iran regarding ongoing nuclear talks between that regime and the Obama administration. In a March 11 segment on the matter, Matthews played video of Secretary of State John Kerry criticizing Republicans for sending the open letter.
Could you use some "Hill-arity" after a long day? On the Ed Show, Barbara Boxer claimed Republicans are going after Hillary "because they know she's exciting the public." Right. For good measure, Boxer said that she "unequivocally" trusts Hillary.
David Corn of way-left Mother Jones was surprisingly skeptical, saying that "whether Barbara Boxer trusts her or not," Hillary critics have a point because she "tainted the chain of custody."
Perhaps because it's becoming harder and harder to defend Hillary Clinton on the merits, MSNBC.com has turned to the tried and true "hypocrisy" card to try to undercut Republican complaints about the former secretary of state's lack of transparency.
Appearing on MSNBC's Andrea Mitchell Reports on Wednesday, Democratic Senator Barbara Boxer lectured the liberal journalist for daring to ask about the Hillary Clinton e-mail scandal: "Either you're going to listen to her and believe her that, in fact, she complied with the spirit and the letter of the law or you're not going to trust anything she says....And all of this, I think, is politics. I think it is sad. And most people want to hear what Hillary Clinton has to say about the issues."
Speaking to MSNBC's Rachel Maddow on Tuesday night, NBC's Andrea Mitchell blamed the press coverage of Hillary Clinton in the 1990s for why she created a wall of secrecy. Mitchell also complained about having to cover Hillary’s self-inflicted e-mail controversy instead on a women's rights report: “The Clinton Foundation and Gates Foundation report on the no ceilings report was very important and had a lot of data in it, and I wish we had been working on that, frankly.”