SPECIAL COMMENT: A PRE-BUTTAL
by STUBALL, Wed Mar 12, 2008 at 01:33:11 PM EDT
Your Special Comment tonight on Hillary Clinton will undoubtedly garner hundreds of thousands of You Tube hits. It will be greeted by Republicans and Obama supporters alike as a long-deserved comeuppance of Hillary Clinton for all her "sins" of the last fifteen years. You will be applauded and revered by your colleagues. And you will, for a time at least, have lost a good deal of the audience you worked so hard to build. You, sir, will have stepped over the line. You will have morphed, in a few short months, from Edward R. Murrow to Howard Beale. And it will have been your own arrogance, narcissism and hubris that catalyzed your unfortunate transformation. (See Spitzer, Eliot, for an explanation of how this works.)
The reputation of Geraldine Ferraro, a dedicated progressive with a four decade commitment to civil rights, will be collateral damage from your disquisition. I have no doubt you will be brilliant in your evisceration of Clinton and Ferraro. You will be vitriolic, vituperative and venal. You will ooze umbrage. Your transformation will be complete: from "goodnight and good luck" to "I'm sick and tired and I'm not going to take it anymore."
More on the flip
You have barely been able to conceal your contempt for all things Clinton for the past two months. Your roster of "contributors" has been populated by those of like mind (or no mind). Craig Crawford, the occasional apostate, has been banished from your air. And yet you and your network cohorts proclaim themselves to be objective journalists. I think not, sir! Bill O'Reilly, as vile an individual as ever walked the Earth, is right about your network (though little else). Your entire network has disgraced itself and you are as complicit as the misogynist Chris Matthews, "gotcha" Russert, frat boy Joe Scarborough (dead girl in office) and the "dick" (Jon Stewart's word, not mine) Tucker Carlson. David Schuster paid for Matthews' sins. Who, sir, will pay for yours? I implore you to do the only honorable thing and resign. Perhaps you could volunteer for Obama. You may even become White House press secretary. It would be more a more honest occupation that that which you are pursuing now.
To those of like mind I suggest a mass disconnection of DVRs and TIVOs and a primary boycott of MSNBC. To the others, enjoy your Kool-Aid.