Friday, September 28, 2007

MSNBC shunned by Republicans

It's about freakin' time:

Looks like MSNBC correspondent David Shuster may have deprived loyal MSNBC viewers of their favorite GOP talking heads—at least for now.

"Loyal MSNBC viewers"? All 40 of them?

MSNBC tool David Shuster. Gotcha!

This week, the MSNBC reporter “sandbagged” Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) during an interview by asking her to name the last solider from her district to die in Iraq. After she couldn’t, Shuster named the solider himself and then scolded the Tennessee Republican for her hypocrisy.

But it turns out that the soldier Shuster named— Pvt. Jeremy S. Bohannon,—was not from Blackburn’s district after all. The incident landed Shuster in some GOP hot 2ater, and the newsman was forced to make an on-air apology for the incident last night.

But that might not be the end of it, as irked Republican Hillers are now
planning a boycott of Shuster’s employer.

The best part of this is all the great lines coming from Capitol Hill:

“We don’t mind skipping MSNBC. No one watches that channel anyway,” says a high placed Republican consultant.

“There’s no difference because sending your boss over to David Shuster or the Democratic National Committee at this point,” sniffs one high-placed House source.

"He thinks acting like a jerk will turn him into a rising star, but he's really just Chris Matthews' schlep,” says a high-placed Senate aide.


Blue Texan said...

Shuster was right. Oops. You're a little slow, I see.

"Shuster's apology may have been premature. The tiny hamlet of Bon Aqua, Tenn., is where Bohannon lived in the months immediately prior to entering the Army. The Census Bureau places his home in Blackburn's 7th Congressional District.

He lived in Bon Aqua for "close to a year" immediately prior to entering the Army, said Tonya Taylor, 35, who permitted him to stay at her house while Bohannon was dating her daughter.

Bohannon grew up, was home-schooled and was buried in McEwan, which is clearly in the 8th Congressional District of U.S. Rep. John Tanner, D-Tenn. But his last legal address was in Blackburn's district."

Nigel said... are missing the point.

The point isn't even whether Shuster was factually correct. Other blogs can address that.

The point is that Shuster acted like a total fool by trying to play "gotcha". Jerk journalism as practiced by MSNBC (Olbermann, Matthews) is getting old and tired.

But I see you enjoy it. You must be one of MSNBC's dozens of viewers...