MSNBC's Chris Matthews and CBS's Lesley Stahl were two of the targets in the latest "Media Mash" segment on Fox News Channel's "Hannity" program.
NewsBusters publisher Brent Bozell appeared on the October 22 edition of the program to look at how the media have been denigrating the Tea Party movement.
[Video of the segment available after the page break]
"He [Obama] saves the guy's life – this is our economy...but the guy [the American voter] wakes up and he's got scars all over his face, and that's all he sees, that's all anybody sees," Stahl argued by way of analogy on the October 18 "Morning Joe" on MSNBC.
Barack Obama, victim. [Lesley Stahl] says that he saved the economy. The reality is just hurting right now because the reality tells you something different. He said it was all about jobs and about doing something about the awful Bush record. Well, since George Bush left office, he's lost 4 million jobs. The unemployment [rate] has gone from 7.7 to 9.6 [percent]. He's added $3 trillion to the national debt. That's more debt than Ronald Reagan and every other president going back to George Washington combined. He hasn't saved the economy, the reality is, he's ruined it.
Earlier in the segment, the Media Research Center president slammed MSNBC's Chris Matthews for saying that the rescued Chilean miners would have killed each other if they had a Tea Party mentality about their survival.
To the contrary, Bozell argued:
Chris Matthews just proved he knows nothing about the Tea Party movement. The Tea Party movement believes in two things... individual responsibility, individual freedom. If you want to ascribe political definitions to the miners... they had to take care of themselves, they had to be responsible for themselves... they are the ultimate Tea Partiers who were down there.
It just goes to show how irrelevant that network is that they had to take great stories and try to turn them around to attack the Tea Party. That's desperation too.