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CNN leans left . FOX leans right . MSNBC is just disgusting

CNN leans left . FOX leans right . MSNBC is just disgusting

MSNBC is so locked into the far left, that they are devoid of any journalistic objectivity.  They are a 24/7 propaganda outlet for those on the left, in general, and the Democratic Party specifically.

Their weekly schedule presents only one side on all matters of public interest.  Every host is a spokesperson for the left-wing agenda.  Even worse, every guest, contributor, pundit and panelist presents the same perspective.  They advance the same biased narratives.  They offer up the same talking points hour-after-hour, day-after-day.

There is no diversity of opinion.  Even their stable of “Republican strategists” and “Republican contributors” read or recite from the same script.  Characteristic of the faux Republicans is former Republican National Chairman Michael Steele.  I have watched him evolve from a sort-of counterpoint to the drumbeat of progressive pablum to a guy who has drunk the Kool-Aid.  I think it is no coincidence that Steele’s evolution to the left was cash on the dresser – as he evolved from guest … to paid contributor … to paid host.  He is one step away from getting his own show.

But even in the face of all that extreme bias, I have never referred to MNBC as disgusting.  That changed over the Independence Day weekend.  I thought the network had reached the nadir or respectability when they used their holiday airtime to re-run Speaker Pelosi’s kangaroo on January 6th Select Committee.  That was just another example of their pounding the propaganda in hope of influencing the 2022 midterm election – to put the network thumb on the scale for the Democrats.  

In keeping with the title of Chris Hayes evening program, MSNBC is “all in” for the Democrats – abandoning all semblance of a legitimate news service. The NBC offspring makes both CNN and FOX look like the paragons of journalistic objectivity, fairness, and integrity.

It seems to me that in the spirit of Independence Day, it would be appropriate to temporarily suspend the divisive approach to cable broadcasting and celebrate the meaning of the holiday.  It would be a time to remind ourselves of the things we have in common – to promote a moment of national unity.  But noooooo.  MSNBC opted to drive the chisel of division to the nation’s most vulnerable fault line.

One might hope that the Independence Day schedule at MSNBC was the low point of journalistic integrity, but they managed to dig a bit deeper into the slime of spin and propaganda.

It occurred during the reporting of the mass shooting at the Highland Park, Illinois Independence Day Parade.  It was one of those “little things” that is fraught with significant meaning.  Into the text of the reporting, the back studio scriptwriters added an element to the reporting that was gratuitous, baseless and potentially provocative.  We know it was scripted because it was repeated by several anchors.

Without any information about the shooter or his motives, MSNBC reported that Highland Park is a “predominantly Jewish community” — intimating that it may have been an act of antisemitism.  They were quick to say “of course, we do not know if that was the motive.”

My first reaction as a long-time resident of the neighboring community of Evanston, I never heard Highland Park characterized as predominantly Jewish.  That description would more appropriately be ascribed to another nearby Northshore community … Skokie.  Nothing about the shooting – time, place or occasion – would logically lead to the reporting of a possible antisemitic motive.  It was scurrilous speculation of the worst kind – designed to foment political tension.  

The mantra of news reporting is to NOT jump ahead of the facts – to not give false misleading information that can only exacerbate public tension and division.  Some may not see MSNBC’s speculation as a big deal – but that is because the standard of journalistic ethics and integrity have become so terribly corrupted. It is the reason why most Americans have such a low regard for the Fourth Estate.  

Finally, MSNBC continued to push their mendacious left-wing political narratives – including their coverage of the Highland Park, Illinois Fourth of July Parade as a gun control issue – as both CNN and FOX took a time out to celebrate the birth of America.  They did not allow an act of violence and terrorism achieve its goal.

MNBC has used (abused) the rights they enjoy under the Constitution to censor the most important celebration of those rights.  And that is why I find MSNBC to be utterly disgusting as a so-called news service.

So, there ‘tis.

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Larry Horist

So,there‘tis… The opinions, perspectives and analyses of Larry HoristLarry Horist is a businessman, conservative writer and political strategist with an extensive background in economics and public policy. Clients of his consulting firm have included such conservative icons as Steve Forbes and Milton Friedman. He has served as a consultant to the Nixon White House and travelled the country as a spokesman for President Reagan’s economic reforms. He has testified as an expert witness before numerous legislative bodies, including the U. S. Congress. Horist has lectured and taught courses at numerous colleges and universities, including Harvard, Northwestern, DePaul universities, Hope College and his alma mater, Knox College. He has been a guest on hundreds of public affairs talk shows, and hosted his own program, “Chicago In Sight,” on WIND radio. Horist was a one-time candidate for mayor of Chicago and served as Executive Director of the City Club of Chicago, where he led a successful two-year campaign to save the historic Chicago Theatre from the wrecking ball. An award-winning debater, his insightful and sometimes controversial commentaries appear frequently on the editorial pages of newspapers across the nation. He is praised by readers for his style, substance and sense of humor. According to one reader, Horist is the “new Charles Krauthammer.” He is actively semi-retired in Boca Raton, Florida where he devotes his time to writing. So, there ‘tis is Horist’s signature sign off.

12 Comments

  1. Ben

    MSNBC is below shit level

  2. frank stetson

    Between Rachel’s strange “sabbatical,” some departures, and the recent drubbing in the ratings by Fox, MSNBC is lost and seemingly in backup behavior running the same stories over and over.

    As to fair and balanced, I see many points of view, but agree would like it if more right-wingers dared to appear. The Fox version is usually a pretty tepid progressive response, the ones on The Five are merely people willing to be punching bags for example. But Fox has a much broader variety in topic selection.

    But to overlook the damages of Carlson, Ingram, and Hannity is pretty poor commentary. These folks exhibit everything you just said, only from the right.

    I vote PBS, but I am sure that’s too left for you too. The center always is nowadays.

  3. edi

    I disagree, you’re implying shit is the bottom of the barrel and MSNBC is lower. True, but shit is waaaay above MSNBC.

  4. bob

    FAKE cnn and FAKE msnbc are completely worthless and a waste a good air waves !!! Both stations must have coffee together in the morning because they talk about the same narratives and use the exact wording . The fact that they both employ trim eaters and helmet chewers says it all .

  5. Ben

    bob is obsessed with alternative sex. probably a catholic priest restricted from his boys, on parole from his prison lovers, waiting for a job as a groomer at Pimlico after hearing that grooming is how he can find new boys for toys. even his name screams gay: it’s the same coming or going. and if you turn him upside down, he pop. figures.

    which side delivers the same story, repeatedly, mostly targeting the “other side.” Hint bob: BOTH SIDES. I have often been amazed how stupid conspiracy theories blast though the right-wing blogosphere at the speed of light ending up ultimately on FOX before their final solution: breaking news flash from Alice……. :>) One of the best flights of news fancy right now is the Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack on the Capitol’s website. When they drop a new tape, it covers both sides, video and blogosphere at the speed of light. The post Trumpian twitter media world is so fun.

    Meanwhile, brilliant bob has deduced anyone who disagrees with him is gay. Nifty.

    • Perry

      Stfu boy

      • Ben

        Hasn’t worked yet, gay pari.

        • Perry

          Ben did you hear about the 5 queers in a hot tub? A condom floated to the top of the water. One of them asked, “Ok. Who farted? “.

  6. Ben

    Perry knows everything gay. He’s grooming again.

    • Ted

      But you have to admit that the joke was funny

      • Ben

        Would it be funny if told heterosexual? But instead of a fart, she giggled a bit? Pretty demeaning either way as is the intent.

        • Ted

          You know what they say about people who can’t take a joke. Fuck ‘em. But don’t lie about it. You know it was funny.