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BREAKING: Lefty Blogger Appears On MSNBC, Fails To Be Crazy

Posted by Phoenix Woman on November 22, 2008

Jane Hamsher’s taking the lead on opposition to Lieberman has generated waves in the TradMed, so much so that she was invited to speak on MSNBC this morning. Watch as she lays out the case against Lieberman — and for the power of the netroots — in a calm, concise, logical manner.

Meanwhile, as Howie Klein notes, Jane was also on NPR this week — and so infuriated up-and-coming coddled righty writer Jamie Kirchick, who NPR had invited to speak after her for “balance”, that he not only bashed her on the air (and so bizarrely that the NPR host actually dared to take him to task for not having the guts to say those words when Jane was still on the air and could answer them in real time), but also in a newspaper column. Kirchick was so enraged by Hamsher that he violated a key tenet of the GOP/Media Complex: Never acknowledge the existence of the popular left in America — and especially never do so by name. Ooops.

6 Responses to “BREAKING: Lefty Blogger Appears On MSNBC, Fails To Be Crazy”

  1. Good for Jane. And for some reason the host couldn’t pronounce at the beginning and Jane Hamsher’s name at the end without stumbling.

  2. Charles said

    Jane illustrates how a smile can win an argument.

  3. Charles said


    One small problem with Howie Klein’s post. He thinks that Kirchick calling Ron Paul “racist, anti-Semitic, homophobic and a militia conspiracist” is a smear.

    This one I would score for Kirchick, based on evidence that Dave Neiwert and Sara Robinson have posted. Although, as with any politician, what they say in the pursuit of office may have no connection to their actual feelings. But if I were African American or Latino, Jewish, gay, or concerned about conspiracists, I sure wouldn’t vote for Ron Paul.

  4. A-yep.

  5. MEC said

    “as with any politician, what they say in the pursuit of office may have no connection to their actual feelings”

    Doesn’t matter whether Ron Paul personally feels bigotry. What he says and does affects other people, and therefore makes him a bigot.

  6. Charles said

    Well, that’s where it gets complicated, MEC. The really bigoted stuff is about 12-15 years old. The connections to the Patriot movement, with its bigoted attitude toward immigrants is guilt-by-association, albeit of a pungently powerful kind. Paul hasn’t been saying “Shoot the Meskins.” He has cultivated an image of himself as a mild-mannered libertarian (though if he were truly a libertarian, he wouldn’t support the Patriots and their border mania).

    I think it’s a phony image. But people have to make up their own minds.

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