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Could the Creepy Orwellian Vibe at MSNBC Possibly Get Any Creepier?

Posted on | September 6, 2013 | 78 Comments

Ken Shepherd at Newsbusters notices that MSNBC’s Facebook page is basically publishing pro-Obama propaganda memes:


Ace of Spades highlighted this, and I was tempted to write an entire post explaining how MSNBC has maneuvered itself into its current bizarre predicament as The Bomb Syria Now Network.

I Watch MSNBC So You Don’t Have To™ and I can report that it’s Crazyville over there nowadays. Viewers must find themselves waxing nostalgic for the calm and reasoned voice of Keith Olbermann.

The other day, I saw Andrea Mitchell interview Bill Kristol on MSNBC and, if you have any memory at all, you know that Kristol was the Evil Neo-Con Liberals Hated Even More Than Karl Rove during the Bush era. This morning, I woke up early and caught the 4 a.m. replay of Rachel Maddow, and she was so rabidly pro-war you half-expected her to break out into the “Patton” monologue:

Now I want you to remember that no bastard ever won a war by dying for his country. He won it by making the other poor dumb bastard die for his country.
Men, all this stuff you’ve heard about America not wanting to fight — wanting to stay out of the war, is a lot of horse dung. Americans traditionally love to fight. All real Americans love the sting of battle.

What the hell has happened to MSNBC? Like I said, I was tempted to write an entire post explaining it, but then I decided to save that for a Monday column at The American Spectator. But having unfairly teased readers with this idea, now I’ll let you guys help me write the column. (Future headline at Media Matters: “Right-Wing Blogger Plagiarizes His Commenters.”) One of the texts by which I intend to analyze MSNBC is this 2003 item, “An Evening With Eric Alterman.

See where I’m going with this one? Share you insights in the comments. Link your research. Make it easier for me to write that column.

UPDATE: Welcome, Instapundit readers!

UPDATE II: “Feckless Mendacity Marks the Fall of the Unicorn King.”




  • Evi L. Bloggerlady
  • Mm

    I don’t quite get it, but for some reason after I read this post, I read Diana West’s post on Clare Lopez, and I see a commonality that I have not yet put my finger on. Are there really “sides,” i.e., left v. right, at all in the upper echelons of the media, entertainment and politics? Isn’t it all just about them?

  • Fareedi al Laayla al Qakhaul

    I’m reluctant to click on this link because it’s either about the Chicken Liquor Store or policemen with better equipment than the troops in Afghanistan, or both…

  • Fareedi al Laayla al Qakhaul

    We need a redux of Full Metal Jacket with “Madcow” as Gunnery Sergeant Hartmann or something like that! This time with an obligatory “reach around”…

  • Neo

    The “Era of Obama” has made a mockery of Eric Alterman and his book “What Liberal Media?“, especially when compared with FoxNews (Chris Wallace must be enjoying what his father taught him about now).

  • TC_LeatherPenguin

    MSNBC is easily explained: they’ve taken Air America Idiot’s “No War for Halliburton!!” Bush Derangement Syndrome playbook and inverted it. Anything other than unbridled fealty to the Unicorn King is unacceptable; if you don’t agree with President Lightbringer’s decision to bomb the crap out of brown (olive-skinned?) people you are teh raaaaacist! to the terminally pasty-faced employees of NBC’s Short Bus Academy

  • Dungeonmaster Jim

    Look at their on the air peronsel. Al Sharpton, Tingles, Maddow, Mike Barnicle (who was fired from the Boston Globe for plagiarism only after he was found to have fabricated a quote slandering Alan Dershowitz on behalf of Billy Bulger).

  • Some Rabbit

    Ein volk, ein reich, ein fuhrer…sieg heil

  • Quartermaster

    Slandering Dershowitz? That took some work as the truth is pretty disgusting by itself.

  • Quartermaster

    The vibe can, and will, get far worse than it is.

  • Rikki

    I suspect that the WH has found some secret way to funnel money to NBC/MSNBC.

    Illegal, but when has illegality ever bothered this WH?

  • owenmagoo

    Boy do I hope that Axelrod calls Rove to find out where the ‘mission accomplished’ banner got stashed.

    Instead of flying onto a carrier, Obama can shoot basketballs and drive some golf balls off the deck.

  • owenmagoo

    The Comcast owner-a big Obama donor-shells out the cash for this black hole of a news network.

    No sane person would employ al sharpton.

  • Quartermaster

    Zer0 might fly aboard in a Chopper. I sure don’t see him making a trap.

  • owenmagoo

    All the more reason I would hope he makes the attempt.

    Couldn’t be a more spectacular crash and burn than his foreign policy, though.

  • owenmagoo

    Any chance maddow shows up for work with a can of gasoline, wearing robes?

  • owenmagoo

    I think of him as a pat Buchanan type of figure…

    Very few will carry your argument better, or dismantle your argument more viciously.

  • Teacher_in_Tejas

    Hey Sergeant Hartmann had better a better haircut

  • A Smith

    “Unicorn King.” I’m going to use that one, thanks.

  • ib1netmon

    This has gone way past ‘Liberal Media’ and straight to Stockholm Syndrome, or Abused Spouse Syndrome, to the point that it would cause a psychotic dislocation for these people to disagree with their Unicorn man-child god. Not that psychosis is exactly an unknown phenomena at MSNBC.

  • owenmagoo

    Harlan(sic) Fenton Mudd?
    Effin awesome.

  • Tom Myers

    MSNBC is the “postmodern” news network. Their interpretation of reality and truth are whatever they want it to be.

  • bobofromtexas

    It appears that President Obama has decided that the best way to deliver Hope&Change! to the Arab world is via B2 bomber.

    And MSNBC agrees.

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  • TC_LeatherPenguin

    Go right ahead. I’ve been calling him that so long I can’t remember when I started.

  • ElmerEvans

    I’m enjoying every single second of their demise, both editorially and viewership-wise.

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  • Dungeonmaster Jim

    Dershowitz and Harvey Silverglate were about to testify against a Bulger crony who was being appointed to a judgeship. Bulger entered and made some remarks that were construed by many to be anti-Semetic. Barnlicle, who wrote often on behalf of both Billy and Whitey went into action during the subsequent fray.

  • Rick Caird

    MSNBC hitched their star to being the Obama network. Now they have to support him no matter what. When even OFS is silent it bodes ill for the future of MSNBC as the “war mongering” network.

  • rangerider

    Forward! Forward! Forward! To Utopia:-)

  • Fareedi al Laayla al Qakhaul

    He was also better looking and had a more pleasant demeanor…

  • CuriousKevmo

    Tingles…..that’s priceless!

  • ThomasD

    MSNBC has sought out a very selective market niche.

    And now they are doing everything in their power to keep him tuning in.

  • stubbs

    I hear the new Alec Baldwin show on MSNBC will be a call-in show for children of divorced parents.

  • Wombat_socho

    Well, that’s certainly the argument of the populists in the Tea Party – for the Establishment Washingtonians, it’s really all about the power and not about making life better for the average Joe and Jane on Main Street.

  • Wombat_socho

    Did you see Instapundit’s comment on the press? All the little darlings lack are those awesome Hugo Boss dress uniforms…

  • CJ Mason

    Wasn’t it Harcourt?

  • AllanTrammellfan

    Obama lied,people died