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"White Males with Short Haircuts… Angry… Unhinged"

Posted on September 12 2009 8:58 am
David Forsmark is the owner and president of Winning Strategies, a full service political consulting firm in Michigan. David has been a regular columnist for Frontpage Magazine since 2006. For 20 years before that, he wrote book, movie and concert reviews as a stringer for the Flint Journal, a midsize daily newspaper.
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Thursday afternoon, MSNBC anchor David Shuster—who earned his stripes as a producer of “news segments” of the Michael Moore vein of “reporting” for Chris Matthews’s Hardball—made this statement while talking about the Joe Wilson “You lie,” kerfluffle:

MSNBC ANCHOR DAVID SHUSTER: “You look at the image of the Republican Party, all white males with short haircuts. They look sort of angry. No women, no minorities, and it looks like they’ve sort of become unhinged.”

I’m not willing to play Shuster’s game and count noses in the GOP, but if you looked at MSNBC’s coverage of Republicans, you would think the party is run by Sarah Palin and Michelle Bachman when they think it serves their purposes to highlight those two outspoken women.

The Media Research Center has the full exchange here, including “Republican Consultant Alex Hall” and his pathetically wimpy defense.  And we will save the Washington Post’s Dana Milbank’s report that some Democrats sat on the Republican side and taunted GOP members during the President’s speech on health care for another time.

Perhaps the most apropos response to Shuster by the six white males pictured in the screen shot he selected for his comment (or Hall, whose job it was that day) would have been to paraphrase the old  Lone Ranger and Tonto joke and retort, “What do you mean ‘we,’ paleface?”

Let’s look at the faces of the MSNBC hosts who have all the prime hours on their network, while  femininity and high melanin concentrations (other than Shuster’s sidekick Tamron Hall) are crowded into the ghetto of workday hours.

Starting with Shuster and Morning Joe’s Joe Scarborough, two guys whose features are so bland a caricaturist could capture them in less than a half-dozen pencil strokes:



Joe Scarborough (MSNBC’s only conservative host)

Chris “Tingly Leg” Matthews

Chris “Tingly Leg” Matthews

Ed “I Really Really Wish I was Rush Limbaugh” Schultz

Ed “I Really Really Wish I was Rush Limbaugh” Schultz

Keith Olbermann (can anybody say, White male with a short haricuts...angry...unhinged?

Keith Olbermann (can anybody say, "White male with a short haricut...angry...unhinged"?

MSNBC’s most used co-hosts, the Irish-American bullpen:

Self-Described “European Socialist” Lawrence O’Donnell

Self-Described “European Socialist” Lawrence O’Donnell

And fired from the Boston Globe for plagiarism columnist  Mike Barnicle

And fired from the Boston Globe for plagiarism columnist Mike Barnicle

And for last — and definitely least:

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