Ed Driscoll

For a Moment, It's No Longer 1933—or 2009—at MSNBC

Past performance is no guarantee of future results:

Chris Matthews [of MSNBC] won’t be working alone.  Back in November, the Hardball host said it was his job to make Barack Obama’s presidency a success.  Today, another TV journalist expressed a similar sentiment. Tavis Smiley has declared that “we’re all working for Barack Obama” and that “we have to help make Obama a great president.” [H/t reader dronetek.]

The host of Tavis Smiley on PBS was a guest on [MSNBC’s] Morning Joe.  Reacting to Harry Reid’s claim last week that he doesn’t work for Barack Obama, Smiley said Reid should “put down the crack pipe.”  Smiley added “we’re all working for Barack Obama.” It soon became clear that was no passing quip, but a literal description of how he sees his role.

—As spotted by Mark Finkelstein of Newsbusters, January 9th, 2009.

Rep. Peter King ridiculed MSNBC host Thomas Roberts’ for his “incredibly absurd” claim that an increased U.S. presence to combat terrorists in Iraq — despite public opposition — would represent “a dictatorship like what these people are trying to fight against.”

The New York Republican appeared on “Morning Joe” Tuesday to push for broader action by President Obama against fighters from the Islamic State (IS), who have killed thousands of innocent civilians and threatened hundreds of thousands more during their assault on America’s Kurdish allies in northern Iraq.

Roberts claimed that Obama’s cautious approach involving limited airstrikes is “exactly what the American people want. Do not get us back in.”

“Well, leadership is not necessarily doing what people want,” King replied. “If Winston Churchill had done that in the 1930s he wouldn’t have warned about Nazi aggression and he would’ve given into Chamberlain.”

“So the president should just do what you want?” Roberts said aggressively.

“No, the president should do what’s right,” King said, adding that many people in the intelligence and military communities agree that stronger action against IS will eventually be required.

“But you’re elected by the American people, you serve the American people,” Roberts protested. “You can’t just go around being a dictatorship, like what these people are trying to fight against in these countries that you’re trying to say that we’re saving them from.”

—”‘Incredibly Absurd’: Peter King Scoffs At MSNBC’s Thomas Roberts’ Strange Iraq Logic,” Brendan Bordelon, the Daily Caller, today.

MSNBC reads Jonah Goldberg’s Liberal Fascism as if it were a how-to guide, so it’s only a matter of time before they return to cheering on Obama acting dictatorially once again. But then, they much prefer him to be waging war domestically, than anywhere overseas.