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January 28, 2010
Judd Gregg to MSNBC: 'You've got to have some integrity on your side of this camera, too."'
MSNBC has finally been called out for its loon-atic left coverage. It happened on-air and came from the most unlikely of sources, a man that Barack Obama had originally named for his cabinet.
New Hampshire Senator Judd Gregg was answering questions from anchorettes Melissa Frances and Contessa Brewer Thursday afternoon when Frances insisted that Gregg's ideas to cut federal spending were just "good in theory."
Gregg responded, "How do you get off saying something like that?"
He went on to make his point about spending:
"You stop the spending spree. You stop growing government so fast that you can't afford to pay for it. You don't increase the size of government from 20% of GDP to 25% of GDP in two years. You don't add a trillion dollars of new debt to our kids back every year for the next ten years. You don't pass a budget ... The president doesn't send up a budget which increases, doubles the debt in five years, triples it in ten years. You don't say that you're for fiscal responsibility and then propose a whole panoply of new programs which you can not pay for."
"That's not theory," he concluded. "That's reality."
Brewer asked if Gregg was "willing to tell schools, No money for you?"
Gregg's response was refreshingly frank. "Well first off, no one's saying, no money for schools. What an absurd statement to make. And what a dishonest statement to make. On its face you're being fundamentally dishonest when you make that type of statement."
Gregg went on to list programs he would cut, including TARP funds and stimulus spending.
"The problem is, this administration's view of governance is that economic prosperity is created by growing the government dramatically. And then it gets misrepresented by people like yourself who say you're going to ... if you're doing any of this stuff, you're not going to end up not funding education. That's the most irresponsible statement I've heard probably in a month. And there have been a lot of irresponsible statements made by reporters, and that was the most irresponsible I've heard."
After being interrupted by the two anchorettes, Judd had had enough. "You can't be duplicitous about this," he told them. "You can't make a representation and then claim you didn't make it. You know, it just shouldn't work that way. You've got to have some integrity on your side of this camera, too."
In the next hour, MSNBC's slanted coverage was again being challenged, this time by Andrew Breitbart. Breitbart forced the ever-smug David Shuster to retract his allegation that filmmaker James O'Keefe had been charged with wiretapping Louisiana Senator Mary Landrieu's New Orleans office.
When Shuster asked how much money O'Keefe gets from Breitbart's website, Breitbart responded:
"How much money does MSNBC get from Obama's stimulus money. I believe it's in the billions. What does that have to do with the fact that you falsely portrayed James O'Keefe as a felon?"
It wasn't a good day for MSNBC.
Not only did their leader deliver a less-than-inspiring speech Wednesday night, as evidenced by Gallup job approval numbers that actually fell to all-time lows , but the Place for Propaganda found itself facing a mini-revolt from its guests, apparently fed up with MSNBC's liberal bias.
It's looking more unlikely that MSNBC's new owners at Comcast, not beholden to Obama for TARP and stimulus funds, will tolerate such far-left lunacy.
-William Tate is an award-winning journalist and author