Ever since President Obama got into office, you constantly hear cries from right wingers about the “blame Bush crowd“, referring to liberals who fault Bush for what Bush did.
Well, to nobodies surprise, NewsBusters continued that tradition, as well.
In a January 7 article, Kyle Drennen bickered about a segment on “NBC Nightly News” where anchor Brian Williams rightfully pointed out the criticisms of many who predicted the disasters that would occur if President Bush followed through with his ill-fated invasion of Iraq in 2003 (emphasis theirs):
Introducing a report on Monday’s NBC Nightly News about Al-Qaeda forces seizing control of the Iraqi city of Fallujah, anchor Brian Williams went out of his way to blame the President George W. Bush for the deteriorating security situation: “U.S. fighting forces are gone from Iraq. But as so many predicted when President Bush chose to go to war there after 9/11, the fighting has started up again.”
Everyone knows that NewsBusters has the repeated habit of ignoring context in most of their “liberal media bias” complaints, but it’s particularly blatant and obvious when it comes to one of their favorite targets at MSNBC.
In a long December 3 article, Scott Whitlock documents “Chris Matthews’s Multiple Obamagasms“, which he childishly refers to as “The Top 10 Most ‘Tingling’ Quotes“, obviously in reference to the infamous words Matthews uttered after watching a speech by then-candidate Barack Obama.
This piece is essentially a preemptive attack by the right-wing watchdog following news that Matthews is slated to interview President Obama during the “Hardball College Tour“, which is an ongoing town hall style format the host has held during every campaign season, where he interviews politicians in front of a crowd of college students, who also ask questions themselves.
Conservatives love to make the false equivalency argument when it comes to attacks on President Obama and President Bush. What they fail to realize is how they couldn’t be more dissimilar.
In a September 4 article, Brad Wilmouth documented a segment on Al Sharpton’s 3pm program, “PoliticsNation“, where two of his guests were on to show how out of control the existence of “Obama Derangement Syndrome” has gotten (emphasis mine):
On Tuesday’s PoliticsNation on MSNBC, Dana Milbank of the Washington Post and MSNBC contributor Goldie Taylor joined host Al Sharpton to lambast the GOP for suffering from “Obama Derangement Syndrome,” picking up on criticism of President Obama putting his foot on his desk in the Oval Office, without noting any of the visceral hatred felt toward George W. Bush by the Democratic base during his time as President.
At one point, Milbank may have been vaguely hinting at hatred coming from Democrats in the past, although the Washington Post columnist accused the GOP of greater transgression as he claimed that Republicans “have taken it to an entirely different level” in going after Obama.
More often than not, the crew at NewsBusters come up with some manic paranoid diatribe to go after the liberal media on. Sometimes it’s comical, other times it’s just cringe-worthy, and every now and then it’s just jaw dropping. When they have one of their ridiculous freak outs, though, you can never think of the right adjective to explain its significance.
In today’s lesson of how to freak out like a NewsBuster, Executive Editor Matthew Sheffield was having one of those days and took it out on his keyboard. He angrily decided to pick on MSNBC’s Chris Matthews, of all people, because the loudmouth host dared to call himself a “centrist“. Now, mind you, there are FAR more liberal talking heads employed at MSNBC to go after, and the paranoid pansies at NewsBusters never shy away from those opportunities, but this was so petty, it was hard to read without wanting to point out some facts he conveniently left out.
He kicks off the March 27 post with a predictable scoff, while easily transitioning into paranoid attack mode:
Here’s a joke for you this Tuesday morning. Did you know that hyperpartisan Democrat Chris Matthews sees himself as a “centrist?” In an aside during a conversation with MSNBC contributor Joan Walsh, the leg-thrilling pundit emphatically claimed the moderate label for himself, stating that he could understand President Obama being criticized by both liberals and conservatives on the Keystone Pipeline.
Scott Whitlock took MSNBC’s Norah O’Donnell to task in a NewsBusters article, claiming she showed “faulty memory” in rightly pointing out that First Lady Michelle Obama never said she wasn’t proud of her country, during a speech in 2008:
According to MSNBC’s Norah O’Donnell, Michelle Obama “never said that she had not been proud of her country.” The cable host on Friday spun for the First Lady while reporting on a speech Sarah Palin gave in California.