WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 19, 2014
Maddow versus the world: You can read things in the New York Times you won’t likely see on TV.
Yesterday morning, on the front page, a news report carried this headline: “Immigration Has President Altering Stand.”
Michael Spear reported the various times in recent years when Obama has said that he can’t legally go where he now seems to be going on immigration.
What are the merits of this case? We aren’t sure—and you won’t likely see that explored on The One True Liberal Channel.
That was yesterday’s New York Times. In this morning’s New York Times, Ashley Parker performs a twofer.
On page A15, she offers a lengthy report under this headline: “In Immigration Fight, Republicans Explore Alternatives to a Shutdown.”
Parker quotes a string of Republican office-holder and machers who are arguing against a government shutdown in response to Obama’s upcoming moves on immigration. In Liberal Land, we’re still being told, in various ways, that the Fox News Channel is beating the drum in search of a quickie impeachment.
Out on page A1, Parker goes a bit further. She co-authors a lengthy report about yesterday’s vote on the Keystone pipeline.
This is where Maddow comes in.
Last night, for at least the third time, Maddow opened her program with a shrieking segment about the lunacy of allowing yesterday’s vote on the pipeline. She continued to wail and moan about the way the Democrats aren’t going to rush the nomination of Loretta Lynch through the lame-duck session.
Maddow’s angst was exhaustive last night, as was her isolation from the rest of the world. To all appearances, she had interviewed no one about these matters; she had spoken to no one. She gave no indication that anyone on her staff had spoken to anyone about the matters under review.
Instead, Our Own Rhodes Scholar just wailed away, damning the Democrats all to Hell for their wayward conduct.
We would have quoted from this meltdown, except MSNBC hasn’t gotten around to transcribing it yet. Other news channel transcribe in good time. The One True Liberal Channel does nothing in regular fashion.
If you can stand it, go ahead: watch Maddow’s opening segment last night. After that, read Parker’s front-page report.
(Warning! Maddow’s segment has been broken into three parts, the better to make you watch three commercials with. The videotape starts here.)
Increasingly, the Maddow show is a solipsistic banshee scream from a hyperbaric chamber. Increasingly, “the liberal world” is a veil of tears, much as the world of the Fox News Channel has been for these many years.
Increasingly, it’s tribal narrative all the way down; it’s a culture of bumper stickers. We liberals put Maddow on each night to learn the words to ours.