Pseudolus: (to Hysterium) Calm yourself down! I’ll tell you when it’s time to panic!
Miles Gloriosus: (noticing the hourglass) I smell mischief here!
Pseudolus: It’s time.
A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum 1966
The Doctor: They are questioning president Obama, they are asking him tough questions on the Bombings!
Rory: So what’s wrong with, that isn’t that normal?
The Doctor: Is it Rory, IS it?
A few days ago I talked about how Morning Joe was in danger of losing me, today they gave a big reason for me to stay.
During the first segment which gets repeated in the 8:00 EST they covered Benghazi and the look at the table was somber.
There was simply no way to spin this as something other than what it was although to his (dis)credit Richard Wolffe was giving it his best shot and Scarborough was shooting him down. When Lisa Myers said Hicks critics like Cheryl Mill said he “not remembering accurately” Joe immediately bluntly said he was being called a liar.
In the 7 AM hour after a very brief diversion to soda and health they went STRONG on Benghazi and Hicks’ testimony. You could hear a pin drop on that set. David Gregory tried to spin and Walter Isaacson made a speech about wonderful it was that our system allows the truth to come out.
Meanwhile Deutsch & Gregory then ran to if this is “sticky” for 2016 but Joe brought up 2012 pointed out it was all about keeping the narrative before the election and Candy Crowley in the debate. Even Mika said there was no disputing the backdrop but she suggested it was no conspiracy.
Why does this matter? Two things:
1. Morning Joe is usually where you go for the left’s talking points for the day, that isn’t the case today.
2. The MSNBC viewer base has simply not seen this argument. As far as they are knew before today the Biggest villains on Benghazi were the makers of the worst film EVAH & Mitt Romney and anyone who suggested otherwise was part of a GOP conspiracy to bring down our beloved president before the election and their beloved Hillary after.
This is a story they never heard! As Stacy McCain put it
the only TV reporter not employed by Fox News who has treated the Benghazi cover-up as a legitimate story — Sharyl Attkisson of CBS — is being treated like an unprofessional pariah by her own network, while Chuck Todd of NBC News quite literally laughs off criticism of the Obama administration’s handling of the Benghazi attacks.
Really, they out-did themselves on this one. Check out the “Don’t Bother to Read This Dull Story” headline from the New York Times:
Here’s another way you might headline the story, if you actually wanted to get readers to, y’know, read the story:
Unless you saw that testimony — which was just one highlight of a six-hour hearing that the major networks did their best to ignore or dismiss as mere politics — you would have no reason to suspect how riveting it was, if all you saw was that bland New York Times headline.
For the professional left, this story on Morning Joe is a double disaster.
In the short term it forces the MSMBC audience to confront the possibility that their heroes President Obama & Hillary Clinton left Americans to die in Benghazi & lied about it for political reasons. It gives a story they have been able to dismiss MSM credibility, that’s bad.
In the long term it raises the possibility that there is another story beyond the wall of silence. That there is a whole world of news they might be missing.
What happens if those viewers decide they want to see more. What happens if they visit Viral reads live blog of the testimony or Bryan Preston’s at PJ Media?? Or even worse what if they visit those sites the next day for news?
The gatekeepers of the MSM can survive the former, it can’t survive the latter.
Update: The real tell on today’s Morning Joe
— Peter Ingemi (@DaTechGuyblog) May 9, 2013
Update 2:Et-Tu CBS?
CBS’s (Sharyl) Attkisson’s minute-long report about the House Oversight Committee’s latest hearing on the attack on Wednesday’s CBS This Morning was actually the first time since November 23, 2012 that the journalist reported about the story on air, according a search on Nexis.
Update 3: When Al Shaprton & Donny Deutsch agree with John Poderhertz live on MSNBC you know the story has finally broken through.
Update 4: Chuck Todd playing the Vast Right Wing Conspiracy Card painting this as a series of 20 years of the GOP going after the Clintons before adding a disclaimers at the end.
Morning Joe must have been more damaging that I thought.
I wonder how long it took the professional left to decide this was the best line to play?