In all the joy of the holiday season, sometimes journalists can miss out on stories involving Grinches and Scrooges. Shortly before Christmas Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) dropped one of the most outlandish statements of the year, if not the decade, and most in the press missed it. However, one member of the press has decided to agree with the crazy talk. Surprise, surprise…
“They [the GOP] are desperate to break this president. They have ardent supporters who are nearly hysterical at the very election of President Barack Obama. The birthers, the fanatics, the people running around in right-wing militia and Aryan support groups, it is unbearable to them that President Barack Obama should exist. That is one powerful reason. It is not the only one.” – Sen. Whitehouse
Since the media ignored this quote, Whitehouse was never pushed to apologize for this incredibly stupid statement. He should be held accountable for calling Republicans who stand up against Obamacare “birthers,” “fanatics,” “right-wing militia,” and Aryans. Imagine the press reaction if a Republican had made such a claim about Democrats. Those on MSNBC’s Morning Joe realized, somewhat surprisingly, what a ridiculous charge it was – with one notable exception.
Mike Barnicle: In what context was Senator Whitehorse [sic] saying that?
Mika Brzezinski: I think he’s angry at the Republicans because they have worked hard to derail health care among other things.
Barnicle: Well, then he would be correct.
He would be correct? Are you kidding me? Barnicle just moved himself from journalist to the loony Left. Besides working for MSNBC, Barnicle writes for The Huffington Post. He’s now proven himself too extreme for either one – and that is saying something. When people like Brzezinski and others on MsNBC disagree with you and try to help you realize how foolish you sound, it might be time for you to stop pretending to be an unbiased journalist.
Willie Geist: Not all people who oppose this health-care bill are Aryans, skinheads and birthers.
Brzezinski: I think you have a lot of people worried about the future of this country and our debt and the financing of it. That’s a fair question…And they’re not birthers. They’re not crazies. They’re people with questions.
Michael Crowley: Some of them (GOP Senators) have substantive concerns and Democrats should be answering them substantively, rather than treating it like the Ku Klux Klan is out to get the healthcare bill.
Brzezinski: It’s crazy talk. And we won’t have that here.
Mika Brzeznski has filled Morning Joe with some of her own leftist statements through the years. However, even she is smart enough to identify Whitehouse’s statement as “crazy talk,” and she basically puts Barnicle in his place by telling him that “we won’t have it here.”