THURSDAY, JULY 21, 2022
Cable star, heal thyself: Lawrence O'Donnell is very upset about those missing Secret Service text messages.
Lawrence has been ranting for several months about an array of topics. He's done this in several major situations where it would seem he can't possibly know what the facts actually are.
In the past few nights, he's been ranting—and ranting hard—about those missing texts. You'd almost think, as you watch him rant, that he knows what he's talking about!
For ourselves, we don't know how many text messages are missing. We still can't say, with absolute certainty, that any texts are missing.
Assuming that some texts are missing—perhaps a whole lot of texts—we can't say how that happened. Did 24 different Secret Service agents all fail to save their text messages? Or is it possible that some central authority saw to their erasure?
In short, we don't know what actually happened. At this point, neither does anyone else.
We can tell you this:
There's a certain irony involved in watching Lawrence complain about missing texts. We say that because of the missing transcripts which have been protecting Lawrence over the past several months.
His corporate owner, MSNBC, has been slow-walking transcript production for a long time now. This very day, as we type, it's Thursday, July 21. But at MSNBC's transcript site, the most recent transcripts involve the programs which aired on Thursday, June 30!
Three weeks of transcripts are missing, for all MSNBC shows! This makes it very hard to discuss this corporate channel's relentlessly underfed work.
The motive behind this slow-walk procedure strikes us as fairly obvious. When the corporate owner delays transcript production for two or three weeks, it becomes much less likely that the channel's various crackpot performers will be subject to public criticism.
It's hard to imagine some other reason for this slow-walk regime.
Lawrence O'Donnell is very upset about those missing texts. At this early point, he has no apparent way of knowing what actually happened in this matter, but he just keeps talking louder, and making wilder claims.
As he does, he hides behind his owner's slow-walk procedures.
A few weeks back, we couldn't discuss the way he seemed to be out over his skis concerning events in Uvalde. Today, it's hard to discuss the things he's been saying about this new point of concern.
Lawrence is very, very upset about the missing Secret Service texts. Meanwhile, his own transcripts are missing in action, and his corporate owners will keep it that way.
In our view, there were large volumes of low-grade work on last evening's Last Word. For now, though, we're going to leave it right here, in part because no record exists of what Lawrence and his guests said.
The One True Channel now plays it like that. In our view, problems abounded on last night's show. But due to last night's missing transcript, these problems are hard to discuss!