This popular post was originally published February 2, 2011.
At least she didn’t blame Sarah Palin.
On her low-rated MSNBC show Monday night, Rachel Maddow condemned “Stephenson Billings at ChristWire.org” for writing this:
The escalating crisis in Egypt could become a defining moment for Sarah Palin. Governor Palin needs to speak out publicly and forcibly for an American-led invasion to protect our interests in North Africa.
Too bad Stephenson Billings is an imaginary person and ChristWire.org is a satirical site.
Maybe it’s because I’m Canadian, but I can’t imagine voluntarily tuning in to watch a smug, snide woman who looks like a cross between k.d. lang, and Linda Griffiths in her Pierre Trudeau drag.
But somebody’s watching Rachel “Maybe If I Talk Really Fast, People Will Think I’m Clever” Maddow, apparently, because The Atlantic Wire (note: neither a satirical site nor a “right wing” one) caught her slamming an imaginary person for daring to criticize Obama.
As The Atlantic Wire points out, two NBC affiliates, along with The Huffington Post, have also mistaken ChristWire.org for a legitimate news source, and the latter were mocked for doing so by no less than the New York Times. Speaking for everyone reading this post right now, they add:
C’mon people. Google searches! They’re not that hard.
Obliged to acknowledge her mistake, Maddow tweeted after her show Monday night, “The bad news about a free and open internet? Sometimes you get had by brilliant satirists.”
Yes, satirists are always “brilliant” when they’re mocking conservative Christians. I don’t find ChristWire.org particularly insightful or original, but then again, I’m not a “progressive.”
This morning, Business Wire reported on Maddow’s on-air mea (minima) culpa last night, and were unimpressed, to put it mildly:
After a series of clips of George W. Bush and John Boehner and then Glenn Beck raging about the new Caliphate, Christwire finally came in:
“Props to them for a brilliant piece of satire, shame on us for believing them. But in a world where China taking over New Zealand [cue visual of Glenn Beck] is what passes for real analysis on the situation in Egypt how do we know that’s not satire too?”
Translation: Glenn Beck is so crazy, and so successful, how can I, Rachel Maddow, be expected to differentiate between him and false news stories?
Boy was that disappointing.
“Disappointing”? More like predictable and pathetic. Pushed to the wall, one of the leftist’s favorite responses is to whine impotently, “He does it too!!” Maddow’s non-apology is just another example.
PS: MSNBC removed Maddow’s embarrassing gaff from its website, but you can view it below: