How Maddow’s MSNBC Takeover Dooms the Left

rachLiberal media succeeds best when it isn’t identified as such. The reason for that can be seen in numerous polls where Americans of both parties identify themselves with conservative values.

The left is adept at selling its agenda through biased mainstream media coverage, but when it discards the disguise of objectivity on radio or television the end result is shrill, irritating and off-putting.

The playwright and director David Mamet achieved an epiphany while listening to NPR. Unfortunately for NPR the epiphany was that he was no longer a liberal. “I felt my facial muscles tightening,” he described, “and the words beginning to form in my mind: Shut the f___ up.”

The unfiltered left with its onslaught of sanctimonious bleating often brings out that reaction.

It’s why Air America not only couldn’t compete with Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity and other conservative talk radio hosts, but it couldn’t even remain solvent. MSNBC, the bastard child of a ridiculous union between Microsoft and NBC, spent years drifting in search of an identity only to become the new Air America.

Why does the left, which is so adept at putting its agenda across in mainstream media outlets fail spectacularly when it puts away the disguise and begins saying what it really thinks?

George Orwell described the phenomenon in his book The Road to Wigan Pier. The behavior he is describing is so familiar that it’s worth pausing to remember that it was written 77 years ago in 1937.

“I do not think the Socialist need make any sacrifice of essentials, but certainly he will have to make a great sacrifice of externals,” Orwell wrote, explaining why the left was failing to make headway with more sensible people. “If only the sandals and the pistachio-coloured shirts could be put in a pile and burnt, and every vegetarian, teetotaler… sent home to Welwyn Garden City to do his yoga exercises quietly!”

Earlier, Orwell had denounced them as “vegetarians with wilting beards… earnest ladies in sandals, shock-headed Marxists chewing polysyllables, escaped Quakers, birth-control fanatics.”

Orwell would have found MSNBC familiar, not just because of its inversion of language and perpetual politicization of everything, but that same inbred club of irritating fanatics holding forth to a small audience that agrees dogmatically with their obsessions in every regard.

After drifting without an identity, MSNBC was reborn as a liberal news network and then finally as a network of sandal wearing transgender vegans and shock-headed Marxists chewing polysyllables.

Orwell was encouraging the left to get in tune with the working class, but MSNBC has gone in the opposite direction, shoving out hacks like Ed Schultz and Alec Baldwin, who for all their faults were somewhat more relatable than Rachel Maddow, Chris Hayes and Ronan Farrow. Joe Scarborough is talking about running for office which will leave Chris Matthews and Al Sharpton as the only high profile MSNBC yappers who couldn’t be mistaken for Pajama Boy in a dark ObamaCare briefing.

MSNBC reinvented itself around Rachel Maddow. Its new talkers, Chris Hayes and Ronan Farrow, are cut from the same cloth, delivering nasal lectures with a tone somewhere between passive aggressive argument and ironic detachment. Imagine Air America crossbred with NPR and then mated with Pitchfork Magazine. Their horrible abortion would be MSNBC’s bland hipster ethos of earnest liberals earnestly talking down to their audience while Al Sharpton tries to figure out how a teleprompter works.

The Maddow MSNBC is a leftist student newspaper stridently denouncing racism, sexism, homophobia, claustrophobia, transphobia, pipelines, microaggressions, white privilege, cherry pies, political incorrectness, model trains and obesity. Unlike the left’s highly successful mainstream media apparatus, it is overcrowded with professors of political correctness and Twitter activists who can’t talk to people, only at people, who assume that everyone who matters already agrees with them and that this self-important population is already watching MSNBC.

MSNBC has lost the ability to talk to ordinary people. Even other liberals are beginning to evince a distaste for it.

The hipster breakdown of MSNBC has bigger implications for the left. Behind the scenes, the Obama campaign looked a lot like MSNBC. The original Obama campaign was better known as the Howard Dean campaign, but even Democrats found Dean ridiculously irritating.

Obama was the perfect front man because he had the wiring of a Rachel Maddow or Chris Hayes, but when audiences showed up, they didn’t see a man in retro glasses sneering at them because they don’t understand what the asterisk in trans* stands for.

In his time as community organizer, Obama had learned to do what Orwell had advised the left to learn to do and what the average progressive has never learned to do, talk to ordinary people without making them react as if they were listening to a particularly annoying NPR broadcast. Obama Inc. may have been indistinguishable from the new MSNBC behind the scenes, but it had a human face on it.

Obama’s victories have given the left an unreasonable degree of confidence in their ideology, but it wasn’t their ideology that won two elections. Polls show that most Americans are not especially fond of what the left stands for, but they do vote for candidates who appear to care about them. The left didn’t win on the issues. It won because it found a good front man for its bad issues who would keep finding entertaining ways to distract the public from the complete implosion of his progressive policies.

The left confused political victories with ideological victories. It assumed that because Americans had been manipulated into temporarily liking Obama, that they also liked everything that the left stood for. MSNBC is what the left actually stands for and it’s a miserable catalogue of petty fascism by control freaks whose only knowledge of life comes through the lens of their favorite pseudo-Marxist theories.

The undisguised left cannot win an election outside of its safe territories where its politicians huddle in padded corners with bearded activists deciding whether they should ban donuts, plastic bags or politically incorrect pop songs next. In these territories where the Subaru station wagon is king, where everyone wears outdoor hiking gear everywhere they go and talk about mulching and recycling as if these were spiritual activities; MSNBC streams over every Roku box.

Occasionally a parka wearer driving a Subaru will find his facial muscles twitching and the words beginning to form in his mind, “Shut the f___ up”; but then he will be taken away for a three week course of wheatgrass juice colonic therapy that will leave him a proper Pajama Boy again.

Outside MSNBCland, the left remains unlikable; its army of activists infiltrates and takes over, but without a charming front man to juggle some torches and distract the crowds from the unemployment rate and their staggering health care premiums, the campaign folds like Howard Dean after a bottle of tequila.

MSNBC has decided that it’s safe to go Full Rachel Maddow. That is a mistake for which the left will pay the price where it always does, in the hearts of its countrymen who frown and change the channel.

Americans do not care for the ideology that consumes the professional leftist because they know that a man cannot serve two masters. Either he is an elected official who answers to the voters or he is an ideologue who answers to his professors of political correctness. That is why even career leftists like Obama attempt to pass themselves off as practical men. They understand that to identify as a rigid fanatic is political suicide.

Americans find that type of Socialist, whether he calls himself a progressive or a liberal, about as appealing as they do MSNBC.

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  • Naresh Krishnamoorti

    Progressives really found the ideal front man in Obama. Any thinking person who cogently and successfully points out the failure and tyranny of progressive policies can now be dismissed as a racist.

    • Steeloak

      Obama has made the epithet “Racist” a badge of honor that I proudly wear. If being a patriot, a believer in the American ideals that his country was founded on, and someone who hates what a race hustler and Alinskyite Marxist like Obama is doing to his country makes me a “Racist”, then I am proud to be a “Racist”.

      • Davros11

        Me too! I am proud to be a racist if it means i love america and freedom

        • lyndaaquarius

          more and more black and Latino “racists” out there. Help is on the way.

      • bob adams

        The big lie that people like you are hiding is that you really are a racist. You hate that a black man is in the white house, that’s racist.

        • Steeloak

          I wanted a black man in the White House – Herman Cain. I could care less what race Obama is. I care very much that he is an Alinskyite Marxist trying to destroy the America I love.

          • truebearing

            No, you’re a racist because Bob said so. Remember, when debating a leftist, revert back to kindergarten debate tactics.

          • nomoretraitors

            or Alan West, or Ben Carson

          • Steeloak

            All of them good men!

        • Robert_Fl

          Wow, what a thoughtful comment. You really got “us people”. Are you totally unaware that the charge of racism has been rendered a meaningless joke by “you people”?

          • truebearing

            Don’t be too hard on him. He only has one idea, and can’t even use that effectively.

          • Schmitty

            For a laugh I sometimes scan media matters. Leave a logical comment there. Be prepared to be called many things. Left leaners cannot tolerate anyone questioning their opinion. Ask them to back something up and they offer some idiots blog link. If they lack even that it is strictly name calling and accusations.

          • fiddler

            Ad hominem — their favorite weapon. Followed closely by mindless chanting a la Brown University; as loud as they can get.

        • Drakken

          Ohhh the race card, how original ! In case you haven’t noticed Sparky, that dog don’t hunt anymore.

          • bob adams

            Oh it hunts just ask the tea party, they had a rally in front of the white house asking Obama to put down the Koran and go back to Africa, sorry buddy, that’s racist. There are some on the right that will admit it, like Joe the Plumber, he said that he believe’s a white man should be in the white house not a black one. Some on the right said they want their country back because it can’t be their country if there is a black man in the white house, so you sir are 100% wrong the dog is still here in America.

        • nomoretraitors

          Is that you,uptownsteve?
          Playing the race card is the first resort of scoundrels

        • iluvisrael

          The fact that he’s (half) black is the only thing I LIKE about the creep!

        • Wolfthatknowsall

          On Politico, I notice that you make a call to all veterans to vote DEM, this year. As a proud veteran, I will vote straight Republican, because that’s the only alternative.

          I served as a scout-sniper in DELTA/2/501/101st Airborne, in Vietnam, 1968-69. How did you serve, Bobbie?

        • fiddler

          Yep. People like you seize upon the right to judge every white person under “suspicion of racism”. I guess my three lily white grand kids have already been condemned by you.

          Question is: What is what you purport to loathe something also you perpetually NURSE as all-important? Will there ever be a time when the stigma disappears? This derives as one of the Lefts GUILT cards. Other guilt cards are “profit”, “the environment”, “hegemony”, imperialism”, among others. How do you like to have slavery exploited for the sake of ginning up guilt? How many generations must be implicated out of hand? Wasn’t the death of hundreds of thousands of Northern white boys payment enough?

        • fiddler

          Yep. People like you seize upon the right to judge every white person under “suspicion of racism”. I guess my three lily white grand kids have already been condemned by you.

          Question is: What is what you purport to loathe something also you perpetually NURSE as all-important? Will there ever be a time when the stigma disappears? This derives as one of the Lefts GUILT cards. Other guilt cards are “profit”, “the environment”, “hegemony”, imperialism”, among others. How do you like to have slavery exploited for the sake of ginning up guilt? How many generations must be implicated out of hand? Wasn’t the death of hundreds of thousands of Northern white boys payment enough?

    • Robert_Fl

      And if Hillary gets elected, they will be dismissed as sexists.

      • lyndaaquarius

        “sexists”. Now does that really have any get ya in the gut power?

        Not a rousing battle cry.

    • Daniel Greenfield

      They were before too, but now it’s easier to make the connection with a black front man than with Bill Clinton, America’s original first black pres.

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    • lyndaaquarius

      but Obama is the end of the line. No more like him out there. Just screechy unattractive old Lefties who blather on about “leveling the playing field”,”income inequality”,” reproductive justice”,”persons of color”,etc.

      They got nothing but class envy and they’ll play that for all its worth.

  • truebearing

    “Obama’s victories have given the left an unreasonable degree of confidence in their ideology, but it wasn’t their ideology that won two elections. Polls show that most Americans are not especially fond of what the left stands for, but they do vote for candidates who appear to care about them. The left didn’t win on the issues. It won because it found a good front man for its bad issues who would keep finding entertaining ways to distract the public from the complete implosion of his progressive policies.”

    That is the irony of the Left. An ideology that negates individualism is only successful as a cult of personality. Their entire success rides on finding candidates who can lie appealingly.

    Very insightful and quite amusing! Great job, Daniel.

    • davarino

      Which should make it a slam dunk for Republicans to defeat, and yet they lay down and give the victory to the dems. Look out McShame, and the rest of the “Gang of Ocho”, your days are numbered.

      • Daniel Greenfield

        It’s not that easy. You need charismatic candidates who are good communicators and very good on camera. They’re not that easy to find in professional politics.

        • WW4

          Ah, so charisma is important for the Right as well as the Left?

          Of course it is. These ironies (if that’s what they are) are not unique to Right or Left.

          You state that it is not liberal ideology that woos voters, but think about it: the last major politician to really communicate the conservative message was Ronald Reagan. I’d argue Rush Limbaugh has been the second most important communicator–but he’s not a politician and therefore never has to account for what he says.

          No Republican candidate since Reagan has won on conservativism. They’ve won on national security/foreign policy.

          And Reagan? He, too, spoke to the working class. (Hence, the phenomenon of “Reagan democrats.)”

          If we judged Mr. Reagan not by his rhetoric but by his actions in office (as gov. or pres.), he’d be stamped with the term “RINO.” That term has become the Right’s version of political correctness. Much like p.c., it is employed by self-flattering numbskulls who want to stifle ideas.

          It’s not that conservativism can’t win elections. But it has lived so long as an imitation of Reagan’s style that it never found a way to appear creative and optimistic, again.

          That could change with the new generation of candidates.

          • Daniel Greenfield

            Presidents don’t really communicate the liberal or conservative message to voters except in very broad and vague non-ideological shapes.

            The reason Republicans don’t think of Reagan as a RINO is because they look at what he did overall. Most of those pols accused of being RINOs do little to nothing conservative.

        • bigjulie

          Very true…yet given Ted Cruz’s speaking talents and understanding of what he speaks of, he’ll end up taking care of any Leftie challenger like Ben Shapiro eating the silly British guy alive!

        • lyndaaquarius

          very very few can make that connection.

    • Daniel Greenfield

      When you have an ideology that depends on faith and can never deliver, you need someone to believe in, an avatar of progressiveness.

      • truebearing

        Yes, and “avatars of progressiveness” can wax eloquent about all of the wonderful benefits of their agenda because they aren’t hindered by telling the truth.

        • Daniel Greenfield

          And people judge them not based on facts, but their charm and likability

          • CaoMoo

            which is why I said before Obama was elected the first time: Beware of charismatic men seeking power. It never ends well.

            And people said I was paranoid well Obamacare showed em.

          • truebearing

            I was repeatedly told iIwas a racist for saying something similar, even by some alleged Republicans.

            This is the Golden Age of Paranoia. if you aren’t a little paranoid now, you may be nuts.

          • CaoMoo

            When people call me racist I just tell them no Im not I hate all people equally even myself. They never know how to respond to that.

      • Adolphus Leopanzus

        I dislike the constant use of the word progressive in this context when “progressive” is far superior in accuracy. If we use the term the self-proclaimed “progressive’ thinkers have crowned themselves with, then our use of the term in the same way gives legitimacy to it, which I find unacceptable. Just as it is with a number of similar expressions that we bandy about as if they are reflective of reality, we need to stop that and use quotation marks which show the questionability of the use of those words.

      • lyndaaquarius

        But that avatar must have charm and charisma. Who on the Left can command large crowds with warmth and personal power? I see no one.

        • lyndaaquarius

          among potential candidates,not Bill Clinton or Obama.

    • Davros11

      The only reason he won two elections is because he opened up the treasury of America and gave a s_ _t ton of money to a bunch of illegals and parasites that believe they are owed.

      • truebearing

        No doubt that is a contributing reason, but the biggest reason is that apathetic, uninformed potential voters stayed home instead of exercising their right to survive.

      • bigjulie

        No! He “won” two elections because Conservative Americans who became disgusted with the only choice they were offered, stayed home by the millions!

        • truebearing

          This is Mrs. Truebearing and the True Bear himself is not responsible for my comment… This group of “Conservative Americans” decided to stomp their feet and stick out their collective tongue at Big Daddy Republican Party because they didn’t get their way. They delivered us straight into the hands of Pure Evil just so they could make a point. Was this worth a temper tantrum? When is the good of the nation and all its citizens secondary to what we “prefer?” Our party put up a good and decent man with a powerful resume who had the know-how to save our economy and, therefore, the middle class. He deserved our votes. His personal ethics should have spoken loud and clear to Conservative Americans. We had nothing to fear. Now we, and perhaps the entire world, will all suffer. Let’s put pragmatism before perfectionism.

          • loveroffreecom

            First of all, truebearing, I also wish that Rom..would have won. And, even though I am very conservative, I would also tell ANY conservative that didn’t vote for him on some “principle”, you may have just had a hand in the downfall of our nation. I do believe that Mr. Rom…was a decent man, and I also believe that he is for RELIGIOUS FREEDOM! When you only have 2 choices, “TERRIBLE” , and not my perfect candidate, but “WAY BETTER THAN TERRIBLE”, THEN YOU HAD BETTER GET OUT AND VOTE QUICKLY! BUT….I also do not believe that he DIDN’T win! If you really drill down, and look at all precincts, it stinks to high heaven to see that in some major cities, and some swing states, that Obam…won MORE THAN 100% of the vote. I’m sorry, but that is not possible! And, the polling certainly had him winning. So I truly believe there were shenanigans going on. Folks, and this goes to liberals and progressives also, quit believing what someone on tv tells you! Do the HOURS of research you need to do, and look for something called EMPIRICAL EVIDENCE, to back up your claims. When I’ve shown many people how the economy really went south, they were shocked, and changed their mind. (Mortgage backed securities, from a program started by progressives who “believe that everyone deserves a home…..(we know the mantra). And, okay, I’m prepared for all snide little remarks that will come my way, because as we know, only liberals have a right to have freedom of beliefs.

  • johnlac

    I used to work with a guy who was a huge fan of MSNBC and especially Keith Olbermann. Olbermann was his hero. But this guy (and I’m sure Olbermann himself) in no way could be called a socialist simply by the way he lived. My friend lived the typical middle-class lifestyle and would be horrified if some real socialist stepped in and took away all his capitalist-created toys. He loved Olbermann and voted for liberals because they were ANTI people. Mostly, anti the so-called white establishment.
    My feeling is that a great percentage of people who vote for leftists, Democrats and the like is not because they’ve read Marx and Lenin, and they’re great idealists spouting stuff about the brotherhood of man and so on.
    These types of people are basically envious. Jealousy of what others have (like my co-worker) drives them more than any ideology.
    They vote for Dems and leftists (and Dems are getting more and more leftist) because the leftist, Dem pol (or tv talking head) promises to make the world right for the aggrieved persons like my ex co-worker. Some people have more than they do, and that’s not right. The Dem pol, like Obama, will take from those people who have more than should and give it to my co-worker.
    It never actually works out that way, but Dem pols can always get votes by appealing to the baser natures of many Americans. That is, the desire of many to punish others for being successful. Or at least more successful than people like my co-worker who was living a very good life. But that didn’t make him happy. He wanted to see others punished for doing better than he did.
    To me, that sums up a great number of people who vote for Dems.

    • Daniel Greenfield

      Again Orwell said it in Wigan Pier

      “The typical Socialist is… a prim little man with a white- collar job, usually a secret teetotaller and often with vegetarian leanings, with a history of Nonconformity behind him, and, above all, with a social position which he has no intention of forfeiting.”

      • SCREW SOCIALISM

        Bourgeois SOCIALISTS.

      • nomoretraitors

        I’m gonna have to start reading George Orwell

        • Daniel Greenfield

          Keep in mind he was a leftist, he just hated much of the left and might have walked away after writing 1984 if he hadn’t died.

          • reader

            He was fighting for the Republicans in Spain in mid-thities. What did it for him was Stalin’s henchmen purging the Republicans’ ranks. Eric Blair (aka George Orwell) barely made it out in one piece.

          • Daniel Greenfield

            It certainly helped set him on the path, but you can see his disgust with the established left even further back.

          • JDinSTL

            Daniel… seriously… we’ve now had more than 100 years of this collectivist nonsense. It doesn’t work. But, because it’s a relgion to them, they simply refuse to acknowledge that fact. I fear it will take nothing less than an Article V Convention of the States to defeat them here. We’ve been asleep at the wheel far too long.

        • BS77

          Definitely read Animal Farm and 1984. Orwell would have been morbidly fascinated with the shills on MSNBC….the lowest rated talking head cable news network.

    • gman

      for some time I have referred to this as the “politics of jealousy”

    • Sheik Yerbouti

      That sort of shallow politics is probably the most dangerous because fools like this vote. And they vote on sheer emotion (which incudes those who vote for a candidate because of their race). The “white establishment” used to mean those in control who kept the status quo. Even average, middle class white people hated them.

      But something happened in the minds of minorities and the hatred of the “white establishment” has become the hatred of anyone white. The white people you speak of here are also selling the same anti-white rhetoric which is very strange. That language is manifesting into deadly ambush attacks. Do they not have mirrors in lefty-land?

      • truebearing

        They have mirrors by the millions. Obama has lined the Whitehouse with mirrors. And they have echo chambers, but most of all, they have delusions and a rapacious appetite for power, at whatever the cost.

    • Zundfolge

      Your friend was an r-selective member of a K-selective species … and likely suffers from NPD.

      http://www.anonymousconservative.com/blog/how-r-and-k-type-psychologies-affect-societies-and-what-this-means-for-our-political-dialog/

    • WW4

      “They vote for Dems and leftists (and Dems are getting more and more leftist) because the leftist, Dem pol (or tv talking head) promises to make the world right for the aggrieved persons like my ex co-worker.”

      That is true enough. But it’s no fantasy: the Democrats really do offer government subsidization for many. Health care reform is the latest (never mind the fiscal consequences for doing these things). But what do Republicans offer in return? Well, subsidization of certain sectors (yes, Republicans spend with the best of ‘em). Tax cuts. Deregulation. A stronger appearance of national security, but also the price of that security.

      And if the modern Republican presidencies are any measure, economic instability. Now that may not be a fair charge, but people remember all those recessions. And they remember that Republicans have really been forced to address health care reform.

      True: the fact that We Can’t Afford The Government We Have is the elephant in the room does not occur to liberals. The fact that more government = more cronyism (and does not really “solve” anything) does not register with them.

      But Republicans can’t win if they appear only to offer “breaks” for a relative few, and seem preoccupied with other countries’ problems.

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  • cxt

    Excellent point/s in the article.
    I do not recall whom first said it–so sorry for the lack of attribution–but if people knew what Leftists really thought and what they really wanted to do they would run screaming into the night.
    So they depend on the ignorance of the electorate, distortions and outright lies to maintain the façade.
    As just one example, can’t tell you how many Leftist have spoken highly of Margret Sanger—including Hillary Clinton—but NONE of them want to discuss Sangers vile and racist eugenic “negro project.”
    Once people start looking stuff like that up they start to change their minds—once they get a look at whom the Left really is behind the crocodile tears and pious platitudes.
    And whom they are is often really scary. It was the Left that applied the term “you can’t make and omelet without braking a few eggs: to their political goals.
    The thing people need to realize is that the Left considers THEM to be the “eggs.”
    As the article points out.

    • Daniel Greenfield

      The challenge is getting past their defenses

      • truebearing

        You’re doing a good job of that, which will endear you to them forever.

  • TL2014

    Unfortunately, you are giving way too much credit to the American electorate.
    This is an electorate that has lost the will to think critically, fight for its own interests, or even just survive. I am watching with horror as the nation is heading towards collapse.

    • Daniel Greenfield

      I’m not sure it ever had the will to think. Voting has never been all that rational.

      • TL2014

        Well, there is some truth to your statement. I suppose that was the underlying rationale for Plato’s exalted ideal government of a polity.
        As a woman, I think few things have been more destructive to western civilization than granting women the vote. Typically, women are by far less emotionally stable and less rational than men. I do think men are generally more rational in their decision than men, if you can make than generalization.

        I can’t tell you how many women I know who agree with all my (very conservative) opinions yet, when asked “then why did you vote for Obama again?” are unable to answer the question.
        I would gladly forfeit my vote if my mother-in-law, sister-in-law and countless other “working professional women” did the same.

        All ties in strikingly with a conspiracy to crush western, judeo-Christian civilization and implement some sort of totalitarian dystopia, doesn’t it?

        • WW4

          People are always stupid sheep when they don’t vote for the candidate we prefer. When they do vote for our candidate, they’ve “finally woken up,” right?

          All you have to do is watch Huckabee talking about women’s libidos, hear Rush call someone a “sl_t” for wanting birth control coverage, or see a panel of 50+ year old men on Fox a month ago discussing how deluded women are for thinking there’s a “war on women,” or hear tin-eared Mitt talking about his folders of women to get why women might not feel like the GOP is their best bet.

          People vote their gut.

          • Daniel Greenfield

            Or rather read your Media Matters version of reality on those subjects.

          • fiddler

            More accurately SHEEPeple vote their gut. Sheep don’t have to think and are easily led. Emotion, emotion, emotion from the blame, blame, blame game. Aren’t you willing to admit that Sandra Fluke was a plant – a last-minute strategic substitute? The whole idea of implicating religious institutions because you can’t keep your own pants on. Really! But it works doesn’t it! Need a distraction? Create a war on women with Ms Fluke’s “grievance” center stage. Yes, Republicans have to hold their outrage as Democrats have no end to their ability to distract and stir up trouble.

          • WW4

            Ms. Fluke’s “grievance” would not have amounted to much without Rush Limbaugh’s help.

        • Daniel Greenfield

          People often flock to a consensus if they are uninvolved in politics, voting based on what they think the sensible thing that everyone else is doing is. Much like the way people do what everyone else is doing if they are uninterested in a subject.

        • http://tinatrent.com/ Tina Trent

          What I enjoy about the “women are too emotional and not logical enough to vote” argument is how it combines the fascistic and emotion-based identity politics of the Left with timid and girlish applications of reason and math.

          If women shouldn’t vote because they’re easily led to vote irrationally leftist against their best interests, then why not man up and follow the demographic argument to its logical and rational conclusion? Blacks should not vote — even more so. Jews should surrender the right to vote. Hispanics sure shouldn’t vote under any circumstances. We’ll lose the Cubans that way, but the anti-communist ones are a dwindling fraction of the ethnicity. By all means, engineer your own race-and-gender-based utopia. You might even receive approbation from MSNBC.

          • TL2014

            Well Tina Trent, I’m sure glad you “enjoy” it.
            I’m not sure what “timid and girlish” application of math and reason means – I suppose that is another silly, girlish attempt at characterizing my statements?
            In any case, it’s truly funny you bring that up, because I actually do think that we’d have a much better shot at preserving our civilization if the vote were limited to tax-paying, male heads of households (with some exceptions/exemptions, such as for disabled veterans, for instance). Regardless of race or ethnicity.

          • http://tinatrent.com/ Tina Trent

            Read harder.

          • TL2014

            Think harder.

          • http://tinatrent.com/ Tina Trent

            Well, we agree to raise our standards.

      • lyndaaquarius

        yeah, that’s what history shows.

        • Daniel Greenfield

          It means you have to connect with people on a personal level

    • SCREW SOCIALISM

      Eurabia is heading towards collapse thanks to SOCIALISM.

  • Realist

    “…that same inbred club of irritating fanatics…”

    Mr Greenfield You do have a way of cutting to the quick, and it is always invigorating to read. I have begun to regard that band of self-serving and self-congratulating “irritating fanatics” as more of a cult than anything else. In our brave new world of science and modernity, leftism itself seem more and more anachronistic as notions of old are washed of their past sins, tarted up, redressed in the garb of current events and recycled as new again.
    The harder the leftists push traditional religion out of the public square, the faster they adopt (and insist that we also must adopt) their newly invented pseudo-religious myths like glo-bull warming, 1 percenters, arithmetic-”fairness”-through-government and their raison d’etre, that all non leftists are hopeless racists/homophobes/islamophobes. ad nauseum and therefore must be subjected to the totaltarian control of their enlightened leftist betters.

    • Daniel Greenfield

      Feudal tyrants need their superstitions. Vote for us or the world will lend.

      • WW4

        Again, not unique: Vote for us or the Soviets will win; vote for us or the terrorists will win.

        • Daniel Greenfield

          The USSR winning is not a superstition. The world ending is.

          • Sheik Yerbouti

            After all, dinosaurs looked up at the same moon!

          • WW4

            And now look at them!

          • Sheik Yerbouti

            Yep, still here!

    • Davros11

      Ditto, i think of the left as a “cult”, as i also think of Islam as a “cult”

      • bigjulie

        The Left is, indeed a cult! Unfortunately for us, a long, long time ago they took the “long” view about placing like-minded people in positions of influence, most notably in Journalism schools and mass media while conservatives were content to believe no harm would come to them because “we’re all AMERICANS!” Now, even the conservative success of FOX News is not enough to give pause to other networks from a “bottom line” standpoint, and they just keep on shoveling their Leftist drivel like nothing happened!

  • Steve Bryant

    An accurate description of MSNBC…especially for Maddow. Take a few minutes and watch her show sometime. It would be hilarious if not for the resulting urge to yell, “Shut the f__k up!”

    • Infidel4Ever

      I’ve tried but I can’t watch for more than a couple of minutes. Then in order to protect my TV from me putting my foot through it I change channels.

    • SCREW SOCIALISM
      • Little_Cossack

        …before she went butch…or is that a man in a wig?

        • SCREW SOCIALISM

          I would do the old school Maddow.

          • Little_Cossack

            Don’t let the pearls fool you. It’s a transvestite. You wouldn’t want to learn that in the dark ;-)

  • Infidel4Ever

    As usual, Mr. Greenfield nails it. Obama is a fraud, a Jedi Mind Trick that to this day still fools a substantial part of the American public. MSNBC is the true face of Obama and the left.

  • http://libertyandculture.blogspot.com/ Jason P

    I occasionally watch Maddow to catch the latest in PC ideological garb. While I don’t share her opinions, she does have a sense of irony that makes it amusing. Of course you just out did her in the irony and sarcasm category to get my Oscar. Nicely done!

    That reminds me. It was several decades ago when I decided to visit a Vegan restaurant to “experience” the cuisine, shall we say. I heard the waitress tell her trainee that it wasn’t about the food but it was a “spiritual thing.” The food subsequently proved the first part right and I never got the “spiritual thing” but I did get a check.

  • WW4

    I can’t stand MSNBC. It is trying to be a liberal Fox News. But Ed Schultz doesn’t balance out Sean Hannity: it just means the amount of big mouth know-nothing gadflies has doubled.

    So, Orwell had some criticisms of his fellow socialists, which right-leaning sites love to quote. For some reason, they never quote Orwell on capitalism.

  • nimbii

    Maddow and company forget as has been well explained below that it is the deceitful charade that people are voting for, not the socialist principles behind the deceit. Once the mask is lifted, the people see the monster.

    • WW4

      Really, how does that work? The last three presidents each won second terms.

      • nimbii

        The point of the article is that now MSNBC is lifting the mask.

        • WW4

          But not when it comes to what people are voting for, which was my point about your point.

          I couldn’t agree more that MSNBC is irritating; it is trying to be Fox, the original propagandizing news masquerade filling airwaves with nitwit pundits harping the same non-essentials to a preached-to choir, whether it is outrage over a “homophobic” offhand remark or outrage over Obama going golfing.

          Ultimately, though, people are going to vote Republican if they think the candidate is going to keep the country safe and keep gov. out of their business and pockets; and they’ll vote Democrat if they’re sick of dubious “wars” and want gov. to protect social safety nets. Maddow and Hannity have little effect on that.

          • nimbii

            Your strongest point is the wars. My blood runs cold when I think of The Report From Iron Mountain.

            I am not a veteran and have not been to the Vietnam Memorial, but if I were, I would be one of the guys sitting with his head in his hands convulsing over a tear-stained sidewalk thinking about better men than me on that wall or those who came back broken persons greeted by nihilistic leftists in their twisted self-reverent heyday of projected self-hate.

            Bush 41 ran the CIA for a time and was smart enough to get into Saudi Arabia and then get out.

            Clinton the same with the Adriatic countries.

            Not so with Bush 43, he was simply not smart enough or did not have the will or character to maneuver around the military industrial complex. He committed all that human treasure and all the other resources.

            We all suspect that all we will have to show for Iraq and Afghanistan is the same lost treasure. And contractors / consultants smiling all the way to the bank.

            The American people have a lot to forgive from both Democrats and Republicans.

  • Habbgun

    The Democrats have only won because they have managed to combine the hopes of people to be upwardly mobile college types with a nasty political machine. Urban Democrats have always been the masters at telling the constituents they will protect “decent” neighborhoods, that sure the national party is doing “X” but I’m here to make sure your “decent” neighborhood stays “Y”. Democrats have not only to fear that the academic nuts are seen as the face of the party but that the down and dirty neighborhood tactics are not seen as the face of the party. Obama was able to make it all look good. The Democrats are always in danger of being seen for who they really are. People with secure government and academic jobs who don’t like each other much and the rest even less.

  • rbskillin

    OK, so what does the asterisk in trans* stand for?

    • SCREW SOCIALISM

      fat
      former
      fixed
      portation
      mute

    • Daniel Greenfield

      A greater degree of ambiguity and confusion

  • nomoretraitors

    “MSNBC, the b*stard child of a ridiculous union between Microsoft and NBC”
    How blatantly true

  • nomoretraitors

    “Polls show that most Americans are not especially fond of what the left stands for, but they do vote for candidates who appear to care about them”
    A testament to monumental gullibility

  • Ray

    I wish you’d knock it off about the vegetarians. I’m a vegetarian and I vote Republican. Did you ever hear of 7th Day Adventists? They are Bible believing Christian vegetarians. Many Leftists are meat eaters, including Obama..There are gays who are Republican and don’t believe in gay marriage, and Blacks who are Republican who believe in taking responsibility for their own life and not blaming whitey.

    Enough of the stereotyping.

    • Daniel Greenfield

      I mentioned vegans. Orwell talked about vegetarians.

      • Steeloak

        Hitler was a famous vegetarian.

        • Wolfthatknowsall

          Which explains his “meteoric” rise to power …

        • SCREW SOCIALISM

          SHlTler should have been fed poison mushrooms.

    • laura r

      daniel is talking about extreme people.

    • http://libertyandculture.blogspot.com/ Jason P

      Don’t take it so personally. I own a Subaru and I enjoyed the article.

    • guard4her

      Stereotyping is a leftist word for statistics, which is no more than a tabulation of actual experience.
      For any rule, one can easily produce a “but not all” argument. The trouble is, we have to live by rules, not by exceptions.
      The Adventist vegetarian is motivated by religion, not by reason, just as the leftist view is not primarily reasoned but religious in nature.

      • A Z

        “Stereotyping is a leftist word for statistics, which is no more than a tabulation of actual experience.
        For any rule, one can easily produce a “but not all” argument. The trouble is, we have to live by rules, not by exceptions.”

        I like it. It is quotable, stealable1

  • Little_Cossack

    What comes out of @msnbc “crap flapper” @maddow’s mouth sure sounds like a “whistlin’ bunghole” – http://youtu.be/WH2uifOWP-k

    Joe Dirt sermon: “All I gotta do is be a good person no matter what. Good things will come my way …” http://youtu.be/N9ZSNM8MweA

    Cool hetro dude Joe Dirt ain’t no queer – http://youtu.be/BXefMpB25N4

    “I ain’t no white trash perv” … like Maddow.

    “That’s what I’m talkin’ about”

  • bob adams

    Rachel Maddow is great, she does a really good job of exposing the lies from the right, a real good job, republican’s have to hate her because she brings facts.

    • Little_Cossack

      Go get drug tested.

      Maddow is Left-protofascist cult perfection!

      • bob adams

        Tell that to your boy, the fat drug addict on the radio. Clearly you have never watched Maddow, she doesn’t do like beck or Limbaugh, she has facts and article’s and email’s stuff you can actually verify. Republican’s don’t like facts, she brings facts.

        • Little_Cossack

          Facts? Grab a copy of “The Structure of Scientific Revolutions” by Kuhn.
          You really think Maddow is empirical?
          She’s just another Jack Van Impe fear monger. She might just as well be finding Bible scripture to fit her end of days scenario.

          Fat drug addict? What about the skinny drug addict in the White House?

          • SCREW SOCIALISM

            I watch his show and like Jack Van Impe.

            He is exposing the Islamofascist scourge that is killing people all over the world.

          • Little_Cossack

            My ex-wife used to watch him late at night when I was trying to get to sleep. All I remember is his cherry picking scripture to justify his apocalypse prediction. It got old fast. Only God knows when the time will come.

            I can’t agree with soliciting religion, especially the way Van Impe fear mongered end of days. As a result, I haven’t seen him in recent years. Maybe he moved on with his topics.

        • Drakken

          If you mean non-facts and all about emotion and derision of the right, yeah Madcow has it in spades, good to know brain dead, dope smoking people like you will continue to run this nation into the ground. Then we can begin to rebuild and folks like you will get a visit from Uncle Darwin. I used to have sympathy for useless idiots like you leftists, I am all out.

        • A Z

          I expect percentage of people who are physically injured to succumb to painkillers.

          Your point?

    • Daniel Greenfield

      Like the time she lied about the Koch Brothers and refused to admit it

      http://www.politico.com/blogs/media/2014/01/politifact-rates-rachel-maddow-koch-claims-mostly-180965.html

      • bob adams

        You are not referring to the rich racist Koch Brothers are you ?

        • Drakken

          Rather interesting that you say nothing about your hero George Soros, who just happens to fund every leftist anti-American cause on the planet.

        • Drakken

          Rather interesting that you say nothing about your hero George Soros, who just happens to fund every leftist anti-American cause on the planet.

        • Daniel Greenfield

          I’m referring to proof that Maddow lied

        • SCREW SOCIALISM

          Whats the matter boob, you don’t like Nova on PBS?

      • trickyblain

        You lied continuously during the 2012 election (claiming that there were districts in which Obama received over 100 percent of the vote) and never admitted it on record.

    • bigjulie

      Rachel does what she is paid to do…but “facts” quickly became “optional at extra cost”, which her employers refused to pay for because “facts” were not in her contract!

  • sheldan

    I used to like MSNBC when they first went on the air because they were a news station (like CNN). When they began to switch to so much opinion, I became less impressed. Whereas once I considered Chris Matthews a good host, and I at first enjoyed Countdown with Keith Olbermann, once the latter became stridently unlistenable, I knew that was the end of my watching them regularly.
    I am really wondering when NBC will finally pull the plug on MSNBC. Air America never appealed to listeners; how long will MSNBC appeal to viewers?

    • Little_Cossack

      In a short period of time, Comcast has distinguished MSNBC from CNN by employing an intimidating Leftist on ‘crack’ persona & it’s siphoning viewers from CNN but not putting a dent in FoxNews audience.

      Cable News Ratings for Wednesday, February 26, 2014 http://tvbythenumbers.zap2it.com/2014/02/27/cable-news-ratings-for-wednesday-february-26-2014/240502/

    • Daniel Greenfield

      When the demos fall so far that advertisers won’t pay for air time.

      Maddow and Farrow is how MSNBC is desperately trying to get its 100 to 300K of young viewers to keep that day at bay

    • bigjulie

      We gave up entirely on TV about 7 years ago and Matthews and Olberman were two of the biggest reasons. We get all of our news now off the internet, most regularly THE DRUDGE REPORT, because you can go from extreme left, all the way across the spectrum on one page. Excellent source of news articles and different views.

    • http://www.facebook.com/aemoreira81 aemoreira81

      MSNBC may really be a loss leader for other channels. Comcast also owns a lot of other popular networks that are popular in the 18-49 group, and Comcast is saying that if cable companies want those channels, they must take MSNBC. (Fox, by contrast, only has 1 cable channel in the top 25 in the 18-49 demographic – FX – necessitating its dependence on subscriber fees; Comcast has 3 – USA, Bravo, and Syfy) It’s even worse for the Turner/Time Warner slate; while CNN is down in the dumps, they have 3 of the top 10 cable channels in the land 18-49.)

      Now, the problem with that really is on the Internet side: If Comcast is supplying your cable, they’re probably also supplying your Internet connection as well.

  • Aizeta

    Wealthy skullets is what they are.
    http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=skullets,

    My French neighbors use the term bobo (bourgeois bohème) and my prefered one: La gauche divine for the whole flock.
    Excellent article, still laughing¡

  • mmichlin

    Daniel, I usually like your articles very much, but what’s with the obsession with Subaru Station Wagon? It’s not the first time you mention it. I have Subaru Station Wagon and I didn’t buy it because of any leftist impulses but because it was a good value. Is there anything about Subaru the company that we should know?
    Also, Subaru was the first and only Japanese automaker that sold their cars in Israel – long before Toyota and Honda and Mitsubishi that were afraid of Arab embargo. Isn’t it something to be praised for?

    • ricpic

      Foresters rule!

    • Daniel Greenfield

      I’m not saying all Subaru drivers are leftists, but it’s a brand of choice for a certain kind of liberal.

    • SCREW SOCIALISM

      mmichlin is correct about Subaru selling to Israel when Toyota, Honda and Mitsubishi would not.

  • mhojai

    epitomized in Van Jones’ comment on the need to “drop the radical pose in favor of the radical ends.” They have no qualms about lying straight to anyone’s face.

  • ratonis

    Rachel Maddow . . . A-ha! ha! ha! ha! HA! HA! HA!

    • Little_Cossack

      May I join in the fun?
      A-ha! ha! ha! ha! HA! HA! HA!

  • Levan Tine

    Reading the above and the subsequent comments really do demonstrate why President Obama was reelected, why in the last election a million more votes were cast for Democrats, why the GOP presidential bench is soooo weak, and why the Democrats are very likely to win the next election.

    Come on guys (because let’s face it, the overwhelming majority of posts here are guys – hint- you’re not carrying the female vote). Turn off Fox News, rated the most inaccurate of broadcasters by no less than seven studies. Leave the fevered echo chambers like this one that merely keep you overwhelmingly white men in this site in an insulated bubble. Step outside and join reality.

    • Drakken

      Keep pushing us further left and to 3rd world levels, it will really end up well in your socialist paradise. No thanks, we worked hard to keep what we built.

  • The Facts

    UCSPanther must be really mad when MSNBC makes fun of model trains.

  • Moomoofish

    While I agree that the anti intellectualism of the right and the likes of college drop outs like Limbaugh, Hannity and Beck have brought the country down with their hate mongering and misinformation, I think MSNBC is not doomed. Young people are much more progressively minded. And accepting. The nastiness of the right with their calls to discriminate, to keep people from making their own choices with their bodies and their love lives, and their denigration of the poor and middle class and worship of the rich is making them toxic to young people. While the wonky intellectualism of the new crop of msnbc hosts may not appeal to a broad demographic, they are gaining traction as the old die out and the young emerge into adulthood. People want hope, not hate. And that is all the right has to offer.

    • Wolfthatknowsall

      So states someone on the Left …

      On BizPac Review, you said … 24 days ago:

      “I am, yes, because i like watching brilliant people with integrity who do their research instead of making crap up like the people at FOX. Anyone with any intellectual honesty knows Maddow is brilliant. Pretending otherwise simply because you disagree with her is just petty whininess and complete disingenuousness. Or blatant ignorance.”

      Don’t pretend that you’re unbiased …

    • Drakken

      I just really love you intellectual lightweights of the commi left, it is not that you have an intellectual argument, it is the fact you base your arguments on emotion and I feel therefore I am as your policy positions, instead of cold, hard, harsh facts. What I do enjoy with a perverse amount of pleasure, is when those brutal facts come up against your precious feelings and emotions and slaps you with harsh reality.

      • Moomoofish

        FOX viewers have no concept of facts nor any substance which is why they resort to calling anyone who disagrees with their narrow view a commie. It’s all they have. They also confuse compassion and concern for anyone who is not rich with being weak and emotional. Real strength and wisdom comes from compassion for others. Selfishness and callousness does not make you strong or remotely clear headed. It just makes you a jerk who lacks the ability to think outside your narrow mind. Luckily, Millenials don’t share such views.

        • Daniel Greenfield

          Would you consider Ted Kennedy the epitome of compassion or selfishness?

          What about Bill Clinton?

          • Moomoofish

            Neither. While I don’t agree with everything they did, I don’t think their only goal was to only serve the rich. The modern republican seems to have only that goal. They are so blatant and unashamed about it too. And massively hypocritical. They speak of love for the troops and then vote against them. The only legislation they pass is to either take away people’s rights or hurt the poor and the middle class. Or strip regulations so that the rich can get richer while people can’t drink water, breathe air or eat food that isn’t contaminated. And I certainly think the likes of conservative pundits are behind this ideology. They push hate to line their pockets, misinform and rile people up so they have no concept of reality or justice. And while there are liberal pundits that do the same, Maddow and her wonky protégés are some of the few that are smart, decent, genuine and earnest in their push to inform. They have an integrity that is missing from the right.

          • Daniel Greenfield

            If the Republicans are the party of the rich, why are the two richest men in America, Obama supporters and donors?

            The second of those men, Warren Buffett, made billions from the bank bailouts that he urged.

            Then there’s No. 19, George Soros, who doubled his wealth under Obama, after helping to bankroll much of the liberal political establishment.

            And how many reports has Maddow, that smart, genuine reporter, done on the Sandlers, and how they made their money?

            If you think that only one party serves the interests of the 1 percent, think again.

          • Moomoofish

            Well, I guess if a couple of rich guys are Obama supporters then all dems favor the the rich:). Such a straw man’s argument. It’s about policy and you know it. What policies are put forth, enacted, blocked etc. by the right? They all favor the rich and hurt everyone else. And while I certainly disagree with some of the things Obama has done, as well as other democrats, the current crop of republican politicians is downright disgusting. They are only here to serve the rich or take people’s rights away or keep them from having them. And I’m sure this Sandlers guy you speak of is as important and relevant as a Fast and Furious, the IRS scandal, and Benghazi which is why she’s not reporting on it. And Benghazi. Did I mention Benghazi?

  • Flowerknife_us

    The Communists have taken over the machinery of the Demoncratic party and are unlikely to give it up lightly. The “Republicans’ need to start calling them out The Majority of the Main stream Media has already discredited itself by their pathological misrepresentation of reality and the truth. It would be interesting to see them all squirm denying a reality they created themselves.

  • Mick Bodine

    Makes sense, hand over the reigns to the main reason why people don’t watch to begin with.

  • Monkey Wrench Now!

    ” MSNBC streams over every Roku box.”

    A chord was struck when I read “MSNBC streams over every Roku box.”

    Every time the Democrats want to play Santa clause, they raise taxes on the middle class to pay for it. The Gore Tax (The Telecommunications Act of 1996) is an example.

    http://www.atr.org/repeal-gore-tax-a1050
    So I am not using Verizon or any of the plans by the big carriers. I just pay for a package of minutes. I am not paying $ 500 to $ 1,000 a year for a phone bill. I am paying 100 or less. So how much tax can I be paying. The best laid plans of ‘Al Gore” and Men!
    The same will be true for TV. Time Warner Comshaft, Dish DirectTv might want to take notice. Sometime soon people will shift en masse to internet TV. The payments made by the big companies to RINO and Democrats will not avail them.
    Politicians can put large taxes on internet usage, but after hounding Americans with phone and cable surcharges, it will be the last straw.

  • Wolfthatknowsall

    Wonderful article, Daniel.

    All of us “racists” who oppose Obama because he’s black will morph into “sexists”, as soon as … God forbid … Hillary takes office. This is the MSNBC mindset (assuming they actually have minds).

  • baystater

    LMAO! Is this satire? Guess what? The fascist agenda that Fox News is pushing isn’t what Americans want either. Many folks are afraid to call themselves liberals because the right wing has bastardized the term to mean anti-American, communist and a host of other slurs (many of which are contradictory). Being a liberal is being open minded and open to new ideas. While people are asked if they’re liberal or conservative, most actually say moderate. However, when asked about actual policies, the liberals are overwhelmingly on the right side. People believe in the safety net, health care, smart gun laws and a clean environment. Giving subsidies to big oil, giving corporations personhood, corporate control of government (fascism), good jobs sent to 3rd world countries, and allowing the wealthy to stash the cash overseas tax free doesn’t sit well with people who can think for themselves and haven’t been convinced by the baffoons on Fox and right wing radio that they’re millionaires in waiting. Conservatism is for cowards who want white male domination. Guess what? We’re NOT going back.

    • Rick

      We got it.
      Liberals are sugar & spice & everything nice!
      Conservatives are greasy grimy gopher guts, mutilated monkey meat.

    • Drakken

      You less than useless idiots on the left are so open minded that your brains fell out. There is no talking reason, simple facts and historical precedence with you useless idiots, for you fail to understand simple concepts and understand only one thing, emotion. In case it has escaped your liberal regressive notice, without us white European/Americans, you have the 3rd world, good luck with that, for you and others of your ilk deserve to suffer for your abject stupidity. Darwin always loves winners like you.

    • Daniel Greenfield

      As opposed to liberals…

      1. Giving subsidies to Green Energy companies

      2. Municipal Union personhood

      3. Wiping out domestic industries

    • Well Done

      Hey, baystate, you obviously know nothing of fascism. Fox gets more and more viewers while the heinously incompetent alphabet media lose audiences by the day, you idiot. your stupid lies about “conservatives” serve to illustrate the idiocy you young punks have been spoonfed in school. you are a moron.

  • A Z

    ” vegetarian, teetotaler”

    There’s the pitch, it’s a swing ,… it’s out of the park!

    “Until 1996, Fischer had been an outspoken connoisseur of good wines and food (regularly betting cases of expensive wine with opposition politicians on the outcome of elections) and had some body weight. Within a relatively short time he managed to lose a visible amount of weight. He claimed that this was due to his giving up alcoholic drinks completely and changing his diet to a vegetarian one”

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joschka_Fischer

    Here we see evil minds think alike. Which DG covered Cohn-Bendit in another article today. This is what the 5th century looked like to the Western Romans, illegal immigration, fat cats not paying taxes, mobs not working and refusing military service and incompetent officials.

    “On 15 September 2010 Fischer supported the new initiative Spinelli Group, which was founded to reinvigorate efforts towards federalisation of the European Union (EU). Other prominent supporters are: Jacques Delors, Daniel Cohn-Bendit, Guy Verhofstadt, Andrew Duff, Elmar Brok.’”

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Daniel_Cohn-Bendit

    http://www.frontpagemag.com/2014/dgreenfield/european-union-tells-us-not-to-kill-killers-kills-children/

  • usedtobeconservative

    This article offers a wonderful characterization of the smarmily self-righteous tone that distinguished the typical NPR “voice.”

    However, I am a Subaru driver who long ago began to find NPR, and the ideology of hipness for which it stands, utterly intolerable. I imagine there are plenty of other Subaru drivers out there who have been similarly enlightened.

    Now as for Prius drivers, that’s another matter indeed . . .

    • Drakken

      Just put a COEXIST sticker on it and everything will be alllll better. I am too the point now where we should let you leftist crash the whole thing into the ground and let nature takes its course, it is something the folks on the left richly deserve.

      • usedtobeconservative

        You need to read my post more carefully. I am not a leftist. I am a raging conservative. I just happen to drive a Subaru. Is that OK with you?

        • hiernonymous

          The irony, of course, is that we’re seeing here the same political monomania that makes MSNBC so unbearable. It’s not that Maddow presents the “undisguised” truth of “the left” that makes her irritating; it’s that she is a political zealot incapable of observing the simplest event through any filter other than left-right. That sort of fanaticism is a bit stomach-churning, regardless of which wing of the spectrum it’s being shouted from.

    • Loren

      There is nothing wrong with the Subaru brand per se. There is a Honda sitting in my garage right now. The next one will also be a Honda. It is a foreign car and that is a good thing so long their is free and fair trade.
      You have to wonder how many flower children bought the car because it was foreign and because it was small. There’s the rub. The cars are bought to show their credentials and to save the planet. It is every bit as much conspicuous consumption as anything else.
      “Subaru is a Japanese automobile brand of Fuji Heavy Industries. ‘
      What Heavy Industry built the beautiful small car that saves the planet by it smallness? Pshaw!

  • danshanteal

    i was surprised to hear MSNBC is hanging its hat on Rachel. She dresses like a waif, talks like an academic and looks like a man. I can’t make heads or tails of her. I guess there’s an audience for her harangues but not for long.

    • Carabec

      Rachel was interviewed on Bravo. She said, I want to look like a Dude! Well, that’s good because she does.

  • celador2

    The purpose of a free press is to hold the government to scrutiny not be its apologist. MSNBC fails to serve the republic as a conduit to the people. Its an Arm of DNC and White House when a Democrat occupies. When a Republican is in power MSNBC fails to cover honestly and distorts coverage turning it all into attacks. Apologist or partisan hack, MSNBS is unhealthy for news media.

  • Ethan

    Rachel Maddow, Ronan Farrow et al. Really? Ronan will likely die of a heroin overdose at the Chelsea Hotel in the company of an Hispanic rent-boy by the time he’s 40. Rachel Maddow will “fly the coop” when some rich lesbian promises to buy her a tropical island and munch on her meatflaps for all eternity. The rest of the MSNBC crew will likely wither and die off one at a time because of the chronic lack of attention anyone pays them and what they say.

    It’s time Krusty the Klown got his own network, doncha think?

    • CapitalistPig

      An accurate, if somewhat raunchy assessment.
      I’d watch the “Krusty the Klown News Hour”. Why wouldn’t we? It isn’t like we’re not watching its equivalent now in the MSM.

  • disqus_zXLbNfw1Yi

    Brilliant! I’m posting this everywhere and emailing it to everyone I know.

  • CosmotKat

    Daniel, if you were playing baseball I’d want you on my fantasy team as you hit another one dead center and, it’s going, going, gone, out of here! Brilliant piece. Thanks!

    • Daniel Greenfield

      thanks

    • Carabec

      BINGO!

  • Sonnys_Mom

    MSNBC, your Mass Meeting of the Airwaves!

  • CapitalistPig

    I’ve long thought this. Does anyone really care about a CEO’s personal stance on gay marriage when he buys a chicken sandwich? Just sell me the Starbucks coffee & keep the politics to yourself.
    It’s like I tell my liberal/Democrat friends about the ACA……..don’t vote to have politicians run the health care industry—then complain “that it has become politicized”. Really? ……Gosh!….. Who knew?

  • CapitalistPig

    And forgive me Daniel Greenfield……I didn’t look at the tagline until after I read the article—–another dead on the money piece from Mr. Greenfield. I should have known.

  • dumeflogger

    there are literally 1000s in my community that are oeld meetings on December 12th 2014 after the Obominator that tricked everyone that he is democrat! We are calling for a constitutional convention to literally impeach the entire government and literally remove politics from the government. there is no government in the USA just the mighty whitey elite 1% rich which include everyone in government against the working poor that pay all the bills these assh#les which are these elites that never pay one dime! We want the end of tyranny against all America. If it take riots then so be it. you elite rich with your crooked government cannot expect the working poor to support you as you rob the US and just lay down and die! All Democrats, Republicans, independents must be removed from office. If it got to shutdown then so be it!