Politico’s MJ Lee writes about something Martin Bashir said that got red blogs very upset…
Given what the book of Mormon is clearly saying, Mr. Romney has but two choices: He can either keep lying and potentially win the White House but bring eternal damnation upon himself. Or, he can start telling the truth. The question for him, I guess, is which is more important?” Bashir said.
Several conservative blogs are condemning Bashir for his choice of words, including the Right Scoop, which called Bashir one of many “jackholes” who cannot be taken seriously.
“It just doesn’t get more absurd than this,” the blog says. “[T]his is why people don’t take jackholes like Martin Bashir seriously, because they themselves are the most egregious of liars and are simply trying to cover for Obama’s bankrupting policies.”
News Flash: Bashir’s show is a POV show not a news show (despite MSNBC kind of disguising it as such by the format used). So expect Bashir to say outrageous things on the air…because that’s what POV hosts do.
There was a time when this would have gotten my attention the way it did Mediaite’s Noah Rothman yesterday…but that was before MSNBC came out and said Bashir’s show is not a news program. The rules are different for POV shows and the boundaries are basically wide open (despite what cable news network Presidents might say to the contrary). More importantly, my level of giving a crap about what POV hosts like Bashir say is much much lower than it is for straight news anchors (or people who are supposedly straight news anchors). I prefer to vote with my remote.
But when some MSM outlet like Politico runs with it, it deserves a notation if for no other reason than because the story is breaking out of the world of red/blue political back and forth and into the world of straight news. That kind of news cycle shift tends to shed unwanted light on networks and could lead to some kind of repercussion.