Appearing on MSNBC's Andrea Mitchell Reports on Friday, Meet the Press moderator Chuck Todd was simultaneously critical and sympathetic toward President Obama while lamenting the commander-in-chief's poor handling of foreign policy: "...you do get the sense that there is a form of Iraq war syndrome that has impacted the administration here. Where are they doing everything that they want to do or are they only doing what they think they can do under the circumstances just because of the way the Iraq war was impacted so much of the political psyche and their own psyche?"
MSNBC's resident socialist Lawrence O'Donnell made a whopper of a historical claim on the Thursday edition of his program. In the midst of ripping President Obama's controversial National Prayer Breakfast speech earlier in the day, O'Donnell asserted that "Catholicism was the most murderous force on the face of the Earth for hundreds of years."
As NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams became embroiled in a major controversy on Thursday over his false story of being shot at in Iraq, he joined a growing list of NBC journalists whose credibility has been shredded in recent months in the wake of various scandals.
Should the United States not send arms to help Ukraine defend itself against Russia because our country would be angered if Russia armed Mexico against Texas? A strange analogy, no?
But it's the one Joe Scarborough made on today's Morning Joe: "what is Vladimir Putin's response going to be to the United States arming Ukraine? Certainly I would guess no better than, you know, the Russians arming Mexico with weapons against Texas."
On Wednesday, frequent MSNBC guest Jackie Kucinich published a story at the Daily Beast website detailing how some of Hillary Clinton's biggest backers are anti-vaxxer activists. So surely MSNBC Hardball host Chris Matthews brought Kucinich on his program to note Clinton's ties to nutty vaccine-deniers, right? Nope. To the contrary, Matthews opened his program gushing over Clinton's tweet from Monday evening praising vaccines.
Should GOP candidates take advice from Chris Matthews? The liberal host on Tuesday night cheered Jeb Bush for standing up to conservatives, touting the likely 2016 candidate for having "guts." The MSNBC anchor pleaded with Bush to keep it up. In a closing commentary, Matthews lauded: "I'm watching Jeb Bush show a lot of guts out there, defending national education standards, and the opportunity for people who came to this country illegally, to become Americans."
While discussing answers by former and likely future presidential candidates on whether they have ever used drugs, MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell invoked President Barack Obama’s book Dreams From My Father on Tuesday to provide Obama’s answer to the question in what became a gushing tribute that included a nearly three minute reading from the book. O’Donnell proclaimed that the memoir was the “most honest,” “open,” “artful,” and “finest literary work ever authored by a President of the United States” despite the book not containing “the whole truth of Barack Obama's life.”
On Monday night, MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow brought on Ryan Grim, Washington Bureau Chief of the liberal Huffington Post, to discuss the fallout following Governor Chris Christie (R-N.J.) and Senator Rand Paul’s (R-Ky.) controversial comments on vaccines. Speaking to Maddow, Grim strangely connected the libertarian Koch brothers to those who oppose vaccines, arguing that “the only kind of overlap here is the kind of anti- authority, anti-government, and anti-science bent that you see among a lot of the climate change deniers. You know, that was very much generated and fueled by the Koch brothers.”
After a nationwide outbreak of measles and other formerly-eradicated diseases have made a comeback, largely due to internet-driven fear mongering about a disproved link between autism and vaccines, a national discussion on whether vaccinations should be mandated by government or parents should have the right to opt-out has ensued.
Some politicians on the right like Gov. Chris Christie and Sen. Rand Paul have made public statements affirming the necessity for vaccines but acknowledging the rights of parents as well. These comments have backfired on them by the leftists who are adamantly trying to blame the anti-vaccination movement on conservative conspiracy theorists. The New York Times and The New Republic have already made that claim and now we can add MSNBC into the mix.
On Tuesday, MSNBC’s Morning Joe spent considerable time discussing controversial comments made by Governor Chris Christie (R-N.J.) and Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky.) regarding vaccine mandates in America. During the 8:00 a.m. hour, Morning Joe hosted liberal comedian Joy Behar to discuss the vaccine controversy and the former View co-host eagerly attached vaccine skepticism to the entire Republican Party. Speaking to co-host Mika Brzezinski, Behar attacked the conservative movement as having “neanderthal thinking on the right that is really, it’s scary and dangerous. Climate change deniers, vaccination deniers, I mean they are going to kill us.”
Rand Paul to reporter: "Calm down a bit here, Kelly. Let me answer the question." Joe Scarborough to guest: 'Let me finish my sentence and then you can be a condescending liberal Emanuel." The two responses sound similar, don't they? Two guys getting frustrated by their interlocutors' interruptions.
The irony is that Joe Scarborough devoted a segment on today's Morning Joe to rapping Rand Paul for "shushing" that reporter, whereas a bit later in the show, Scarborough himself shut down a guest with such similar language.
On Monday, President Obama released his 2016 budget, which calls for increased spending and raising taxes, and on MSNBC’s The Cycle, so-called conservative co-host Abby Huntsman did her best to scold the GOP for opposing the tax-and-spend Obama budget. Speaking to Lauren Fox of National Journal, Huntsman proclaimed that Republicans’ “big thing is we’ve got to cut spending, this is not something we’re going to approve and that’s often why they are considered the jerks here, because they aren’t talking about entitlements, they are talking about cuts.”