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This morning on MSNBC, Morning Joe did its viewers a major disservice, by reserving its book spot for none other than Bill Ayers, who was there to plug his new memoir Public Enemy: Memoirs of an American Dissident. To make matters even worse, Joe Scarborough, on set for all the other segments, mysteriously disappeared after the break. Ayers was left to be questioned by the non-threatening (not to say Scarborough would have been hostile to Ayers, but as a self-described conservative, he would by nature have offended Ayers’ sensibilities) Mika Brzezinski and journalist Mark Halperin.

The entire segment was structured as a propaganda coup for Ayers. It began with clips from Sarah Palin at 2008 campaign events, including the famous one in which she referred to Barack Obama as “palling around with terrorists.” If you watch the segment from the beginning, nothing Palin said is actually objectionable or wrong, although it was clearly broadcast again to show how unfair the vice-presidential candidate was to poor victim Bill Ayers.

Showing her own ignorance, Brzezinski welcomed him as a “founder of the militant anti-war group the Weather Underground.” In saying this, she from the start allowed Ayers to falsely paint himself for the benefit of his book sales and for the purpose of gaining his TV audience’s confidence.

Anyone at all familiar with Ayers and the WU knows that their goal was to destroy the “Amerikan Empire,” to bring down capitalism and build a revolutionary communist state, and to use force and violence — and bombings of police stations, Army recruitment centers, and, of course, the actual failed attempt to bomb a dance for new recruits at Fort Dix — as part of the necessary actions to destroy capitalism and act in a revolutionary fashion while living “in the belly of the beast.” A simple five-minute Google search could have found scores of articles about what Ayers really believes, including the many I wrote for PJ Media from 2008 on. Or Brzezinski could have picked up Peter Collier and David Horowitz’s classic Destructive Generation and, in one chapter, learned all they needed to know.

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The phrase "palling around with terrorists," incredibly, came from a memo written by current Morning Joe contributor Nicole Wallace. Palin was told to deliver those words, as written. This was revealed by Washington Free Beacon editor Matthew Continetti in his book on Palin.
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How nice it would have been for one of these "journalists" to inquire about FBI undercover informant Larry Grathwohl - God rest his brave soul - and his testimony before Congress about Little Billy's WU discussing putting 25 million Americans to death in Southwestern re-education camps, after they refused the curriculum. Someone could have also brought up how even Joan Baez chastised the "dissidents" for their callous disregard for the millions put to death in SE Asia after the North Vietnamese colonized the entire area. Imperialism, anyone? Or, for real ratings appeal, how about identifying his lovely bride, Bernardine, as the only human on record to react to the Manson slayings with a shout of "Dig it!" On the honest side, there was no one better for Barry to choose for ghost writing his autobiography than Little Billy. A dyed in the wool disinformation specialist, straight from Central Committee Casting. Unless Scarborough was busy having an emergency appendectomy, he should resign.
1 year ago
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Ayers is a punk and a coward. A night bomber, a vicious, wordy juvenile who sees no vileness in standing on the American Flag any more than his acolyte Obama sees no pathological crassness in propping his foot on national heirlooms in the White House.
1 year ago
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Hahahaha. Institutional dissidents. There's Orwell coming at ya again folks. Courtesy once again of the hopelessly moronic progressives, who demonstrate a large minority of Americans are the stupidest and most ignorant in our history.

Criminals aren't responsible for their crimes, illegal aliens aren't illegal and EBT cards make our permanent Third World populace keep quiet while I pay for their "oppression."
1 year ago
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""Conservative" Joe Scarborough left the set, allowing Ayers to spew unchallenged propaganda."
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No doubt prearranged. Ayers doesn't do well when poked and prodded over his past anti-american activities. Not that Joe would have done any such thing. I think Joe would have been as uncomfortable with hard-line questioning of Ayers as Ayers would have been in answering such questions.

'Conservative Joe' IS a conservative - at NBC. If you compare his views to those of some of the other rabble working there - eh - not much difference really. Joe wouldn't even make a wart on a real conservative's butt. I can declare myself a fish - it doesn't mean I can breathe underwater.

At any rate so few watch NBC and it's affiliates that I'm sure Ayers' 'message' didn't hit many eardrums.



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1 year ago
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I was part of the 60's radical, anti-Vietnam movement. What is funny to me today, is how guys like Ayers are such good little Democrats now, when back then, it wasn't about Democrats versus Republicans, after all, the Democrats started and escalated the Vietnam War, it was about not trusting what the Government tells you and to seek out the truth. Many of these former, so-called radicals, like Ayers, just cashed in on the tails of Democrats becoming what they once abhorred.
1 year ago
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Joe Scarborough likes to call himself a journalist- he is obviously a gutless wonder who knew he couldn't confront Ayers without imperiling his carefully groomed "centrist" reputation. The other two did nothing more that I would expect from brain-dead Liberal zombies. The whole charade was disgusting, but then so is the whole network.
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If history is written by the victors, I guess we know who won...
1 year ago
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Perhaps being off the set was the best way to protest the booking of such an odious guest. Daddy's money, pure and simple, kept this nobody out of jail. Which friend of Barry will be featured next to hock their wares?
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