Layers and layers of fact checkers and editors.
As we mentioned when Martin Bashir had his scatological meltdown on MSNBC, it wasn’t an improvised speech; he was reading off the teleprompter, which meant that there had to be some sort of chain of command to get his words programmed into the ‘prompter. Multiple people likely saw Bashir’s monologue and signed off on it, if only with just an approving nod. It’s why nobody thought to question Melissa Harris-Perry overseeing a program whose panel ridiculed Mitt Romney’s adopted African-American grandson.
Similarly, no one at NBC News this morning had the brains, the simple common sense really, to rethink this analogy from Mark Murray, NBC’s senior political editor:
“America has never come easy”: Last night’s speech also ended on an emotional — and upbeat — note when Obama recognized Army Ranger Cory Remsburg, who was almost killed in Afghanistan and continues to recuperate from a brain injury. “My fellow Americans, men and women like Cory remind us that America has never come easy,” the president said. “Our freedom, our democracy, has never been easy. Sometimes we stumble, we make mistakes; we get frustrated or discouraged. But for more than 200 years, we have put those things aside and placed our collective shoulder to the wheel of progress.” That story could also apply to Obama himself: Nothing in his seven years on the national political stage (2007-2014) has come easy. The 2008 race for the Democratic nomination. Even that general election. The health-care law. The re-election campaign. And now the president’s current situation in which he finds himself bloodied and bruised after the botched health-care rollout. Perseverance is an important quality for any president. Bill Clinton was usually able to talk his way out of sticky situations. But Obama’s M.O. is to grind it out. That, more than anything else, was the message he wanted to send last night — both he and the country are grinding it out.
As Mollie Hemingway writes today at the Federalist, “It’s amazing that any human would look on the sacrifices of Cory Remsburg and think of any president of recent memory, much less Barack Obama. It’s also just astounding that someone would have absolutely no compunction about expressing said thought.”
Click over to see the appropriately disgusted response from the right that Hemingway rounds up, and concurrently, the perplexed responses from the president’s defenders over Murray’s analogy. Hemingway links to a tweet from Jon Favreau, Obama’s former chief speechwriter, he of the “Peace in our time” facepalm-worthy gaffe in his boss’s second inauguration speech, who gives his thumbs up to the analogy, as did tyro MSNBC pundit Ronan Farrow.
The cluelessness of the left on this topic isn’t all that surprising — “Progressivism,” “Liberalism” and leftism in general have thought of themselves as being the “moral equivalent of war” for well over a century now, punching back twice as hard against those who wish to preserve small government and the vision of the Founding Fathers, residents of suburbia, the middle class in general, and, really, anyone who stands in their way of their self-anointed vision. As Robert Knight wrote in the Washington Times on Friday, “For Democrats, scorched-earth politics is war by other means — GOP, conservatives don’t grasp foes’ take-no-prisoners approach.”