The Crazy and The Dumb—and the Big Propaganda: We can’t say we actively root for people to lose their jobs.
Aside from that, it’s hard to disagree with most of what David Zurawik said about the demise of Martin Bashir. Zurawik sounded off in the hometown Baltimore Sun about Bashir’s departure from MSNBC.
Bashir left in the wake of his ridiculous comments about Sarah Palin. In our view, his smutty, inane attack on Palin wasn’t his greatest offense:
ZURAWIK (12/4/13): I believe Bashir had to go, and I weep not for his dismissal. What he did and said is Exhibit A for the way cable TV news has debased the conversation of democracy.Has MSNBC become “the leading proponent of such ideologically-charged, rabble-rousing rhetoric?” We don’t know how to measure that. But several figures at The One True Liberal Channel certainly seem to be trying.
[MSNBC honcho Phil] Griffin can save his "respected colleague" talk. He's as responsible as Bashir for this kind of hateful speech.
Under Griffin's leadership, MNSBC has become the leading proponent of such ideologically-charged, rabble-rousing rhetoric.
They don't do news at MSNBC any more. They just do propaganda. And you can only attack your ideological enemies so long before you find yourself in the realm of hate speech, as Bashir did.
(That would not include Chris Hayes or Rachel Maddow.)
That said, it’s hard to disagree with Zurawik’s comment about MSNBC’s relation to propaganda. It isn’t true that MSNBC does nothing but propaganda. That said, Hardball is now pure propaganda—propaganda for the terminally dumb.
Bashir was even worse. His relentlessly inane propaganda was the worst aspect of his program.
In the past few weeks, MSNBC has had to dump two hosts for their ridiculous public remarks. But the most troubling aspect of the channel involves its descent into propaganda—and the willingness of the liberal world to follow it there.
Last Friday, we watched Matthews stage an hour of pure propaganda during an “evergreen” Hardball holiday show. (Joan, David and Howard served as his willing stooges.) Are liberals really willing to tolerate this full-blown embrace of The Stupid?
Over the course of several decades, the pseudo-conservative world invented The Big Crazy and The Big Dumb as basic units of political discourse. We liberals used to laugh at the way the “ditto-heads” would buy into all that crap.
Today, the ditto-heads are us. We’re buying The Dumb and The Crazy ourselves. Hardball is almost impossible to watch.
It’s hard to watch, and it’s totally fake. Hardball’s viewers are being treated like fools.
The astonishing dumbness of Bashir’s propaganda was a blight on us all. We liberals used to complain about Fox for this.
Increasingly, Fox News is us.