Friday, February 08, 2008

Hillary at war with MSNBC??

TMP has this:

This is really something. The Hillary campaign has just gone to war with MSNBC, dispatching a top Hillary adviser to launch a lacerating attack on the network on a conference call with reporters moments ago.

On the call, top Hillary adviser Howard Wolfson suggested that there's a "pattern" of reprehensible comments by MSNBC personalities, and said outright that the Hillary campaign could no longer "envision a scenario where we would debate on that network given the comments that were made and have been made."
Wolfson made the comments in response to a question about a now-notorious comment by MSNBC's David Shustser, in which he asked if Chelsea's campaigning on her mom's behalf meant she was being "pimped" by the Hillary campaign...

he concluded: "I'll say this. We've done a number of debates on that network...I at this point can't envision a scenario where we would debate on that network given the comments that were made and have been made."

That he would effectively rule out future debate appearances for the time being strongly suggests that the Hillary campaign discussed this in some detail beforehand and decided to launch this broadside against the network. It also suggests that the Hillary camp sees the potential for political gain in drawing media attention to negative and sexist comments made on MSNBC about her and her daughter
. does this mean she is "pimping" the idea of MSNBC being sexist and negative in order to gain some sympathy? Well, sure.

Let me say this. Shustser is dispicable. I can't stand to watch him. He says something offensive almost daily. Should he have said that? No. But it is clearly not the kind of thing to go nuclear over. Hillary is using this to her advantage just as she did her tears.

Anyone who believes that Shuster is trying to insult Hillary because she is Hillary, doesn't know Shuster. He is an equal opportunity insulter.

Just as a reminder of other lovely things Shuster has said, He accused Romney "insanity" and referred to Bill O’Reilly as a "buffoon and a jerk." He also once compared Ron Paul to Al Qaeda.

Remember when Shuster, referring to the "Betrayus ad," ask Rep. Blackburn "When was the last time a New York Times ad ever killed somebody?" He then asked her to name the last soldier killed from her district, which she of course did not know off the top of her head, he proceeded to smugly give her the name. Ends up he was wrong on that soldier and had to apologize the next day.

So this slime ball has reputation for saying things out of line. But for this, he gets suspended.