MSNBC host Rachel Maddow complained on her TV show tonight that no one from NBC would come on her show to discuss the suspension of anchor Brian Williams:
"Again, breaking news tonight: NBC News announced tonight that Nightly News anchor and managing editor Brian Williams suspended, without pay, for sixth months," Maddow said.
"And here's the awkward part for us. I said at the top this was a little awkward, here's why this is awkward for us on this show and for me as its anchor: So we are MSNBC. The NBC in that means that we operate under the NBC umbrella, and there's a good reason why you see so many faces from NBC News on our air. It's because we really are working partners with them, we are working partners, we're a partner organization with them within the news division.
"But tonight even as we are reporting on this breaking news about the news division of which we are a part, no, NBC News will not make anyone available to discuss this story with us on the air. Now that may change in days ahead. You would think that if they're going to talk to anybody about this, we might reasonably get a leg up on getting interviews with any NBC News executives to explain this decision. If only because we're right down the hall. But so far, no one. I hope in days to come that that might change, but as of yet, we are not talking to NBC News executives about this yet. I live in hope."
Things have been a bit of a mess at MSNBC lately. The network’s fortunes are tied to the fate of liberalism, and with Obama’s undeniable incompetence the preeminent political topic for the last few months, this has sent the network off on an increasingly desperate search for right-wing villainy to discuss. The results have not been pretty.
There's no question Jon Huntsman has been praised by more Democrats and left leaning commentators than any of the other Republican presidential candidates. But until now, that praise has gone one way. Earlier this week, however, Huntsman's top fundraiser, Ann Herberger, announced her new “hero” was MSNBC's Rachel Maddow.
Everyone's having a big laugh over the Supreme Court's alleged lack of tech savvy, as illustrated during oral arguments in a case (Ontario vs. Quon) focusing on text message privacy for a city employee using a city-provided pager.
The DNC is churning out what seems to be a press release per minute alleging that Republicans are hypocrites for taking stimulus funds for their districts after voting against the stimulus. As Greg Mankiw writes, this is an illogical attack: does that mean Democrats should give back their Bush tax cuts?
Rep. Aaron Schock made the same point after Rachel Maddow accused him of hypocrisy on Meet the Press: