"There is no slur against conservatives that's off the table" for the so-called journalists at MSNBC, NewsBusters publisher Brent Bozell told Sean Hannity last night. The Media Research Center president made that remark after viewing a clip of Hardball host Chris Matthews calling the GOP the "Grand Wizard crowd," a not-so-thinly veiled suggestion that conservatives are violent racists.
What's more, "Chris Matthews is lying," Bozell argued, pointing back to a January 13 quote about Romney wherein Matthews called Romney a "moderate." "Even Chris Matthews doesn't believe that lie that he told." Also addressed on the April 26 "Media Mash" segment was how Matthews's colleague Martin Bashir callously suggested that Mitt Romney was "intentionally using" his multiple sclerosis-suffering wife to close a "gender gap." [watch the full Media Mash segment video below page break]
Such comments are "beyond the pale" but utterly predictable, Bozell concluded.
"When [Elizabeth] Edwards came down with cancer... as disgusting as her husband is, the media didn't dare suggest he was exploiting her, as correctly they should not have done it," Bozell noted. "Look, she [Ann Romney] cannot win. If she's the housewife, they attack her for being a housewife. If she speaks out, they attack her for speaking out. Welcome to the 2012 campaign, here we go."