THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 16, 2012
What makes Willie Geist run: This morning’s New York Times is a mess. But let’s close with Willie Geist.
This morning, he was reading the news on his eponymous show, Way Too Willie. Yes, we know—it was 5:30 in the morning. Very few people were watching. None of this really matters.
But is there anything people like Willie Geist know? He sidekicks on Morning Joe every day, pretending to discuss the news. But does he know anything at all? How about his writers?
What did Willie Geist tell the world? He was discussing the new report about Rick Santorum’s income taxes. Santorum paid 28 percent, Willie said, way more than Mitt Romney’s 13.9 percent.
Not a hair was out of place. Then, Willie Geist said this:
“Most Americans pay a rate of around 35 percent.”
Truly, that’s just astounding. And yes! Word for word, that is what Willie Geist said.
When Willie was running with Tucker: Back in 2006, Willie was regular sidekick to Tucker Carlson on the latter's nightly MSNBC show. In December of that year, Al Gore's film about climate change was maybe up for an Oscar.
To watch Willie complain about all the high boredom, go ahead: Just click here. This was and is your "press corps" at work.
In fairness, Frank Rich was worse.