What’s the bigger story: what happened in Charleston, SC or what is going on in NBC?
There can be no question which is more important, the shooting. However, what NBC is doing is a pretty big story. Meet the Press turned into Meet the Bias, even for liberals.
First, we have the reintroduction of Brian Williams into the MSNBC cable brand this week. But what Chuck Todd is doing doesn’t go under the radar either. We all know NBC is one of the media sycophants at Obama’s beckon call. So when Obama has an agenda to push — most of the time — they are atop his advocacy list to push his message… aka policy.
In the days after the shooting, Obama made very clear his desire to re-litigate the gun issue. Even though he said Congress was not willing, he repeatedly said he would not let it go. But we knew that. So when Obama said that the gun control issue needs help to becoming more urgently relevant, enter NBC. We can do that says Todd, no problem.
After his statement he traveled to Santa Monica, Ca to reiterate his passion for gun control saying “I need you to mobilize and organize a constituency.”
So Meet the Press unwinds a prepackaged special on guns from a prison inmate’s perspective. They all happened to be black. But plug it in because of the subject matter on guns. It should fill the void and be political fodder, right? It was a backfire as critics, mostly libs, attacked them for having interviewed only black inmates. Well, strike two. Race over gun control? They thought that throwing a generic disclosure on it to ‘pay no attention to the race factor’ at the beginning would suffice. It didn’t. Right, people looked right at the obvious color of the inmates and made it the issue, rather than guns. That’s what race-hustlers usually do too. Key in on race. So their disclosure didn’t work.
Also amusing is that MSNBC is the network of “prison TV,” as I call it, on weekends. Yet they wonder why their programing doesn’t attract enough viewers? So it was not much of a stretch for Prison TV LLC, to interview inmates on any subject.
Immediately after airing, Chuck had to go on defense of the piece saying “But the last thing we wanted was to cloud the discussion of the topic.” That much is true. They didn’t want to cloud the issue of gun control. They wanted to be straight-up, full-fledged advocates. (lobbyists if you will) And that would make Obama happy. Todd said, “I hope folks view the gun video as a part of the conversation we should all be having and not the totality of it.” Chuck explained it was “too important to put off for another week.”
Todd had said of the interviews:
“The circumstances you are about to see are very different from the racist violence in Charleston. In this case, in the [video] inmates are African-American that you’re going to hear from. But their lessons remain important.”
“And we simply ask you to look at this as a color-blind issue that’s about just simply gun violence.”
What rolled out was mass outrage at the racial bias of the piece — specifically at Chuck Todd — which superseded the gun control issue.
The result was that Tod and NBC ignited a brushfire. But they brought in the accelerant, matches, and the fuel. Plus for days they were dragging the Confederate flag into it on MSNBC. Maybe not the fire they were expecting with the blow-back.
So then it isn’t hard to believe that they also were not content with the unfolding story line in the shooting aftermath enough to try to stir up the public in Charleston. Not that the people didn’t already experience enough, NBC descended like a pack of wolves when they saw the situation was far too peaceful than it should be. No, the people need to be impassioned and fired up if it is to provoke any dialogue or political action. Obama himself said as much. (You don’t think NBC acts all by itself)
Obama in his early statement declared we have the “power to do something about it… but it’d be wrong for us not to acknowledge it.”
Considering the shooter’s racial motives indeed makes some strange bedfellows, MSNBC seems to subscribe to the same notion. They didn’t understand how people weren’t fired up for action, and marching over the shootings. So the slime-sucking carnival barkers of MSNBC couldn’t stand it. They want a story to cover. Something they can sink their teeth into and extort for all its political worth. One that plays into Obama’s agenda, beyond just the gun control one. So far they’re coming up empty. The Fuhrer will not be happy.
On Thursday, Obama wasted no time commenting on the Charleston shootings and his gun control agenda, admitting that once again he “doesn’t have all the facts”. But don’t let that stop him, it never has before.
“We don’t have all the facts, but we do know that, once again, innocent people were killed in part because someone who wanted to inflict harm had no trouble getting their hands on a gun,”
In California, Obama unleashed more specific and fiery rhetoric. At a fundraiser in Santa Monica, he told them “I need you to mobilize:
“If you’re dissatisfied that every few months we have a mass shooting in this country, killing innocent people, then I need you to mobilize and organize a constituency that says this is not normal and we are going to change it, and put pressure to elect people who insist on that change,” Obama said.
“We need a change in attitude. We have to move public opinion,” Obama said. “Ultimately Congress will follow the people,” he declared. Obama boldly stated:
“I refuse to act as if this is the new normal or to pretend that it’s simply sufficient to grieve and that any mention of us doing something to stop it is somehow politicizing the problem.”
“We have to shift how we think about this issue and we have the capacity to change, but we have to build a sense of urgency about it.”
He added on his other favorite topic: “We don’t have to look far to see that racism and bigotry, hate and intolerance, are still all too alive in our world.” Obama pushes his dual-track agenda on lecturing, “We have to feel a sense of urgency.”