Mary Katharine Ham and I watch MSNBC’s Morning Joe so you don’t have to (you can thank me in the comments). Here’s what we saw this morning, from opposite ends of the country.
Despite claiming the media had behaved “pretty well so far,” Halperin seemed to agree with Scarborough’s assertion that “a shooting was turned into fodder to attack conservatives.” But he seemed to find more fault with how conservatives reacted to unfair attacks than with the original accusations…
Halperin: “And, I already made that criticism, as well. they’re right, but rather than seizing on it and turning the other cheek, they’re back at their war stations. That’s not going to help us.”
I almost threw my remote at the TV.
Here’s what Halperin is saying: Don’t attempt to correct the other side’s lies and blood libel, even when they’re coming from the likes of Paul Krugman and are clearly part of the Democrats’ strategy. Let lies stand though the Democrats have a very long history of blaming every single tragedy on their political opponents. And when their own ads and rhetoric are every bit as incendiary as anyone else’s, if not more so. Let the lies stand.
Sorry, Mark, but that’s not fair and it’s not going to happen. This isn’t 1995 anymore.