Refuses to tell you the truth: This is a very good day to learn an important point.
It’s a good day to see how the liberal world gets played by the likes of Joan Walsh.
Walsh is now paid by MSNBC, a branch of NBC News. Her patron there is Chris Matthews.
Walsh refused to describe his repellent behavior all through the Clinton/Gore years, and then in the years which followed. Today, she is refusing to tell you what her colleague and corporate-mate David Gregory did on yesterday’s Meet the Press.
People, it just isn’t done.
As we noted in this earlier post, Gregory went a million miles out of his way yesterday to ask Rand Paul to comment on Bill Clinton’s affair with Monica Lewinsky. (Hard to believe, but true.)
Reading Walsh, you’d have no idea that Gregory did that. This is the start of her account of what happened:
WALSH (1/27/14): Paul’s performance was most interesting for the window it gave us into his character, as the indulged but slightly dim scion of an eccentric political family whose every utterance, all his life, has been treated as important. At some points in interviews with the freshman senator, including this one, you can see the wheels turning in his head, maybe a little slowly, as he winds up to deliver what he thinks is a political hum-dinger. It’s the oily crazy of Rand Paul being adorably Rand Paul: saying what he thinks is brave and leader-like, but that thing turns out to be simply nutty.From that account, would anyone guess that Paul was almost finished with the interview when Gregory introduced the question of Miss Lewinsky? Reading Walsh, you’re never told how this ridiculous topic came up.
Then the media collectively scrunches its forehead and tries to decide if he’s brave or nutty.
So it was with “Meet the Press” Sunday. Paul obviously set out to say cleverly what Mike Huckabee said stupidly: Republicans aren’t going to take the Democrats’ “war on women” rhetoric lying down, especially if they’re facing a Democratic woman running for president in 2016. You can almost see behind his eyes as he thinks to himself: “I’ve got it: I’ll throw a haymaker at Hillary Clinton for something stupid her husband did almost 20 years ago!”
Joan is paid by NBC News. That means David cannot be said to have done this.
A few paragraphs later, Walsh continues making the argument against Paul, the argument she ought to be making against Gregory. Note the way she directly claims that it was Paul who raised this ridiculous topic:
WALSH: It’s not defending President Clinton’s relationship with Monica Lewinsky to marvel at Paul’s raising it all again. Forget the fact that the issue was litigated 15 years ago, and every time Republicans went at Clinton, his public approval numbers went higher. Also forget that Paul’s claim that “the media seems to have given President Clinton a pass on this” is demonstrably false and idiotic. The man was impeached, and an awful lot of mainstream journalists shamed themselves by being stenographers for Kenneth Starr.Exactly! The issue was litigated long ago, with Clinton getting impeached and George Bush reaching the White House in the strength of the backwash, a backwash Walsh refused to oppose. That’s why it was so pathetic when Gregory raised the topic all over again.
But Joan is being paid by NBC now. She will never, ever tell you how yesterday’s nonsense occurred. She knows that if she yells about Paul we'll go home barefoot and happy.
The backlash which sent Bush to the White House was led by Matthews, whose conduct from March 1999 forward was just this side of criminal. Joan refused to oppose him in real time, then spent several years kissing his ring and his keister.
In today’s piece, she reprises the role which made her famous. She refuses to tell you that it was actually Gregory who “raised President Clinton’s relationship with Monica Lewinsky again.”
As in 1999 and 2000, so again today—the horrible Walsh won’t discuss the conduct of the powerful players within her own guild. Simple story:
Mammon is riding high in the saddle. The Walshes won’t tell you the truth.
Things go better with Candy: At one point, Walsh makes a glancing reference to Paul’s appearance with Candy Crowley on yesterday’s State of the Union. This is what she fails to mention:
Miss Lewinksy wasn’t mentioned on yesterday’s State of the Union. David Gregory wasn’t there to bring the topic up.