On the June 15 Evening News, reporter Elizabeth Palmer noted that all the candidates in the Iranian presidential election had been "very conservative" and all of them met the approval of the country's Islamic theocrats. "In U.S. terms, it was as if all the candidates for the presidency came from the Tea Party," Palmer explained to viewers at home.
After watching that clip on the June 20 "Media Mash" segment of FNC's Hannity, NewsBusters publisher Brent Bozell lashed out at Palmer's attack on conservative Americans. Palmer, Bozell noted, was "equating the Tea Party, that at its essence believes in freedom with a movement that at its epicenter is totalitarianism." "If that isn't character assassination, I don't know what is," the Media Research Center founder concluded. [watch the full Media Mash segment below the page break; thanks to MRCTV's Bob Parks for putting the video together]
In addition to Palmer, Bozell and Hannity discussed how Chris Matthews and Chuck Todd of MSNBC churned up excuses for President Obama's lackluster speech on Wednesday at the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin, how MSNBC is hard at work trying to insist that the IRS scandal is overblown, and how the anchors of NBC's Today are falling over themselves praising New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg's plan to force residents to compost their food trash, even though, as Hannity noted, "there are eight rats in New York for every one person."