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The Unlimited Wretchedness of MSNBC

Posted on | March 29, 2023 | 2 Comments

This morning I switched my office TV to MSNBC — I watch, so you don’t have to — and it quite frankly ruined my whole day. After having watched coverage of the Nashville shooting on Fox News, the thought occurred to me, “Hey, I wonder what they’re saying about this over on Morning Joe?” Because when a transgender maniac slaughters six people (including three 9-year-old children) at a Christian school, you might think such an atrocity would give pause to liberals who’ve spend years claiming that “right-wing extremists” are the greatest threat to the nation.

But being a liberal in the media means never having to question your values, because you are surrounded by like-minded people, and are never challenged by anyone whose opinion makes any difference to your well-being. In fact, liberalism endows its advocates with carte blanche, a practically unlimited license to misbehave, so that Jeffrey Toobin can masturbate during a Zoom meeting with his CNN colleagues without damaging his career prospects. And if you work for MSNBC, you can say anything — anything at all — as long as you never forget that your main job is to blame Republicans for all evil in the world:

MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough said Wednesday that Republicans have “made up” freedom in the Second Amendment and blamed them for Monday’s shooting at a Christian elementary school.
The Nashville Police Department received a call at 10:13 a.m. Monday morning about shots fired at a private Christian elementary school and arrived on scene. Upon arrival, 28-year-old transgender Audrey Hale opened fire on the officers from the second floor before five officers entered the building and fatally shot Hale.
Scarborough argued the Second Amendment doesn’t protect “the right to carry around weapons of war.”
“They talk about a freedom — they talk a freedom that they have made up in their own twisted heads because they have been whipped into a paranoid frenzy by the NRA for twenty-five years. From jack-booted thugs when Bush 41 quit, all the way through where now they’re claiming the Second Amendment protects things it just doesn’t protect. They should read Scalia’s own words in Heller. It doesn’t protect the right to carry around weapons of war,” Scarborough said.

Got that? The reason the transgender psychotic went on a murder rampage at a Christian school is because . . . the NRA and a “paranoid frenzy” that afflicts Republicans:

“Because of Republicans, because of the NRA, because of the gun manufacturers who make millions and millions and billions of dollars, we now live in a society where the cops are afraid of the convicts, where former presidents … they make martyrs out of convicts who stormed the United States Capitol. These Republicans are the enemy of the rule of law,” Scarborough said.


You knew he’d find a way to throw J6 in there, right? While jabbering his madcap world-salad, you may have noticed where Joe threw in that bit about “jack-booted thugs when Bush 41 quit,” which is a reference to a controversy over a fundraising letter sent out by the NRA in 1995:

The National Rifle Association’s top official yesterday defended the language his organization has used in describing federal agents, saying references to “jack-booted government thugs” were accurate. “Those words are not far — in fact, they are a pretty close description of what’s happening in the real world,” NRA Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre said on NBC’s “Meet the Press.”
The NRA’s criticism of federal agents in a fund-raising letter has been cited as an example of the kind of rhetoric that creates a climate for violent acts such as the Oklahoma City terrorist attack. LaPierre insisted that’s not the case.
“That’s like saying the weather report in Florida on the hurricane caused the damage, rather than the hurricane,” he said. . . .
The six-page NRA letter signed by LaPierre and sent out last month singles out lawmakers who are pressing for gun control legislation and says: “It doesn’t matter to them that the semi-auto ban gives jack-booted government thugs more power to take away our constitutional rights, break in our doors, seize our guns, destroy our property, and even injure or kill us.”
It goes on: “Not too long ago, it was unthinkable for federal agents wearing Nazi bucket helmets and black storm trooper uniforms to attack law-abiding citizens.”
The NRA is demanding congressional hearings into what LaPierre said was “a major trend toward abuses” by federal agents of constitutional guarantees against unreasonable searches and seizures.
Sen. Orrin G. Hatch (R-Utah) said the Senate Judiciary Committee he heads has no plans to open hearings on the 1993 siege of the Branch Davidian religious cult near Waco, Tex., an event that galvanized antagonism in some groups against federal law enforcement officers.

Context is everything. In 1994, the Democrat-controlled Congress rammed through a “comprehensive” crime bill that, among other things, outlawed various types of semi-automatic weapons. This came in the wake of the Waco “siege” — a federal raid that turned into a deadly atrocity — and a lot of people were angry about it. Not as angry as Timothy McVeigh, perhaps, but very angry. This widespread anger was a major factor in the “Republican revolution” election of 1994 that gave Republicans majorities in both houses of Congress for the first time in 40 years. The accusation that it was the NRA’s “rhetoric” which created “a climate for violent acts” — where’s the evidence for that? My memory of the 1990s is pretty good, and I don’t recall any NRA members deciding to go on a rampage because of a letter from Wayne LaPierre. But you see that this controversy from nearly 30 years ago gets recycled on MSNBC as proof that, somehow, Republicans and “the gun lobby” are to blame for this deranged tranny’s murder spree in Nashville.

Most of my readers probably own guns, so let’s ask, did your gun kill anybody this week? No, of course not. But Joe Scarborough insists that you and your guns are somehow to blame for what happened in Nashville. It’s an obvious non sequitur, once the syllogism of Scarborough’s assertion is extracted from the emotional barrage of verbiage with which it is delivered. We all want to keep guns out of the hands of crazy people, right? Well, then, your choices are (a) lock the crazy people up in lunatic asylums, or (b) ban guns. Joe Scarborough seems to be insisting that deranged trannies have a right to roam around wreaking havoc — we can’t lock them up — and so, by process of elimination, the only solution is to shut down all the gun stores.

As bad as Scarborough’s logic was, the truly insulting part of today’s Morning Joe was when they had a panel discussion with Al Sharpton. Because whenever it’s time to discuss public safety, we must consult the Jew-baiting monster who incited the Freddy’s Fashion Mart massacre.

Well, despite the fact that I’ve ruined my whole day — it’s 7:30 p.m. now, and Joy Reid is on MSNBC — I’m not angry enough to firebomb a retail store, and I’m too lazy to build a truck bomb, so I guess I’m not the kind of kook “whipped into a paranoid frenzy” that Joe Scarborough conjures up to scare his viewers. I’m sure there are such kooks out there, but James Hodgkinson could not be reached for comment.




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