O’Reilly heaps praise on Maddow: Everyone is dumb on occasion, as everyone understands.
Yes, it was dumb to ask for jokes about that Romney family photo. When we’re using our heads, we don’t do that.
That said, we were glad to see Bill O’Reilly take a walk on the mild side last week. He spoke up for Harris-Perry:
O'REILLY (1/2/14): Now Miss Perry has apologized to the Romney family, but this seems to be a never-ending saga over at MSNBC.We aren’t inclined to think that Harris-Perry meant to be malicious either. That said, it’s nice to see someone say something nice from across tribal lines.
Joining us from Washington, Miss Laura Ingraham. So I don't think Miss Harris-Perry meant to be malicious here, unlike Martin Bashir and Ed Schultz and his comments directed to you, but she and her guests were clearly mocking the Romney family, who did a good thing. What say you?
Ingraham was a bit less upbeat about Harris-Perry. But later on, look where she took the discussion:
INGRAHAM: Brian Roberts, the CEO of Comcast, is a pretty big Democrat donor...So I think their affinity is to the left.These are the tapes we liberals aren’t shown when The One True Liberal Channel starts playing its BillO cards. We aren’t encouraged to see this.
But again I'll ask this question of Mr. Roberts: How is this helping liberalism? If you're a liberal, right, you want an effective liberal. And someone like Rachel Maddow, I mean I don't agree with her on a lot of issues—
O'REILLY: No, no and she I'm glad you brought her up. She is responsible, she makes her point, she believes what she says. She's not malicious.
INGRAHAM: No, I don't think so.
O'REILLY: And—and why can't you hire a few more of those kind of people?
If Lisa DeMoraes is getting it right, Glenn Beck also defended Harris-Perry. DeMoraes, once of the Washington Post, is now at Deadline Hollywood.
She told the story like this:
DEMORAES (1/7/14): The drumbeat from the right eventually cost Baldwin and Bashir their gigs, but Harris-Perry may be spared the same fate—because Glenn Beck has come to her rescue. “Going after children, as she said, is not fair game, but that wasn’t her intent,” Beck said in defense of Harris-Perry. “I truly believe that our side, now, is refusing to see her for what she is, and we are engaging in the worst kind of political destruction...I fear this time, our side sees blood in the water and is going after her and MSNBC. It’s more wrong than anything she said here, especially since their intent is to hurt and destroy, and hers was not...If this is her big screw-up, she’s way ahead of me as a human being.”DeMoraes didn’t provide a source or a tape. At Mediaite, Matt Wilstein did.