Ed Driscoll

Nobody Covers the Big Stories Like MSNBC!

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“Not Too Sharp,” quips James Taranto today:

Morgan Whitaker, a producer for NBC newsman Al Sharpton’s show, doesn’t seem to think either the murder of four Americans in Benghazi or the Obama administration’s use of the IRS to target political opponents is any big deal. She weighed in with a blog post yesterday titled “The 7 Other ‘Scandals’ That Didn’t Turn Out to Be Obama’s Watergate”: Solyndra, Fast and Furious, the alleged offer of an administration position to a 2010 Senate candidate, national-security leaks, Obama’s birth certificate, the White House’s links to MediaMutters and Janet Napolitano’s order giving work permits to some illegal aliens.

This was posted at 4:30 p.m. ET yesterday. The AP broke the story of the Justice Department’s surveillance some 20 minutes later. It’s the worst timing since the New York Times’s puff piece on unrepentant terrorist Bill Ayers, which ran on Sept. 11, 2001.

MSNBC President Phil Griffin told NPR in 2011 that Al Sharpton is “smart. He’s entertaining. He’s experienced. He’s thoughtful. He’s provocative, all the things I think that MSNBC is.” (And how.)

I’m sure Griffin feels that goes double for Sharpton’s producer.