Birthplace: Parsonsfield, ME
Claim To Fame: MSNBC news anchor
Why She’s the Insane Liberal of the Week: for actually having the gall to accuse a U.S. Senator of not wanting to fund education, denying she said it (it’s right there on TV Contessa) and then throwing a hissy-fit when she got called on it.
Most of America is well aware that MSNBC shills for Barack Obama and the Left. Keith Olbermann, Chris Matthew, Rachel Maddow and Co. are nothing but smear merchants for the 21% of Americans who call themselves “liberals”. And that’s fine. After all this is America, everyone has a right to their views and no one watches MSNBC anyway.
Yet, for all the left-wing hyperbole Krazy Keith and his minions spout on air, you’d think they’d tread more carefully when dealing with an elected politician, regardless of which side of the aisle he or she was on. Guess Contessa Brewer must’ve missed the memo.
While interviewing Republican senator Judd Gregg this past Thursday, Brewer and co-host Melissa Francis questioned Sen. Gregg about the money Obama is proposing to spend on jobs and whether it should go “hand and hand with other programs that integrate job training, vocational skills and certainly educating very young people.” Gregg responded in kind, talking about government spending and his desire to “control the rate of growth of government.” Francis then chided the senator, saying that sounded “good in theory,” which led Gregg to get upset, retorting, “that’s not theory. Don’t tell me that’s good in theory”:
FRANCIS: That’s good in theory, senator. How would you practically…
GREGG: It’s not theory. It’s not theory. Don’t tell me that’s good in theory.
FRANCIS: Well, how would you, tell me how to put it to work.
GREGG: No, you don’t tell me it’s good in theory.
FRANCIS: Tell me very practically…
GREGG: How do you get off saying something like that?
After Gregg calmed down and ticked off a list of the ways he thinks the Obama administration has been fiscally irresponsible, Brewer interjected that Francis was “really asking for specifics” of “which programs” he was willing to cut. “Are you willing to tell schools ‘no money for you?’” Brewer asked pointedly. And at that moment Gregg let Brewer know that she wasn’t dealing with a rank amateur:
GREGG: Well, first off, nobody’s saying no money for schools. What an absurd statement to make.
BREWER: Well, I’m asking you, what we’re…
GREGG: And what a dishonest statement to make. On its face you’re being fundamentally dishonest when you make that type of statement.
After calling out Brewer’s lame attempt to frame the issue unfairly , Gregg said that he would freeze discretionary spending, “eliminate the TARP money,” “end the stimulus spending” in June, and reform entitlement spending. He then returned to slamming Francis and Brewer’s questions, calling the question about education spending “the most irresponsible question I’ve heard probably in a month.”
Brewer, clearly flustered at being pwned on her own program (the soon-to-be canceled “It’s the Economy”), then proceeded to throw a fit, slamming down her notes and attempting to cut the interview short. But Senator Gregg wasn’t having it, as he continued to question the journalists “integrity” and called them “irresponsible”.
Maybe it is time to bring back the Fairness Doctrine, because with journalism like this, MSNBC will soon be broke and out of business.