The next day, Matt Lauer turned to a set of VH-1 comedians. He played the Chavez devil clip, and said, "That's wacky."
Sherrod Small replied, "I ain't laughed that much at a Latino guy on TV since I watched Telemundo. He's got what it takes."
Jessica St. Clair added: "He's saying what everybody wants to say, and so now we love him."
Thanks, NBC, for always standing up for our president, regardless of party.
How about when that idiot Iraqi journalist threw a shoe at President Bush's head in December 2008, screaming, "This is your goodbye (present), you dog"? On NBC's "Today," reporter Richard Engel excused the shoe-tosser because he had relatives killed in Baghdad.
Reporter Chuck Todd went further, virtually endorsing the Bush insult, saying that "in our last poll we had 80 percent said they wouldn't miss him," and "He's already being sort of kicked out of office by the American people."
The other networks were even worse. ABC's "World News" put "Folk Hero?" on screen as anchor Elizabeth Vargas trumpeted this "instant celebrity to many of his countrymen." Then-employed and more perky CBS anchor Katie Couric hailed how "many Iraqis are calling him a hero." Reporter Elizabeth Palmer snidely concluded the man "should do jail time, said the Iraqi bloggers, because he missed."
Did anyone disagree with Obama's position on Israel? Apparently not, if we are to trust the press. None of the network morning shows found critics of Obama's remarks on Israel. CBS's "Early Show" instead turned to former Clinton State Department spokesman Jamie Rubin.
Anchor Erica Hill suggested Netanyahu couldn't "give an inch" politically to the president on Israeli security. Rubin replied: "This is unfortunate for everyone, I think. Because President Obama doesn't have the huge popularity in Israel that, perhaps, President Bush had, it's easier for Prime Minister Netanyahu to have a fight with him."
CBS's liberal guest insisted it was "unfortunate for everyone" that Obama wasn't more popular in Israel, with the clear implication that he should be. Our media feel Obama's pain so intensely that they can't bear the thought that someone would say an unkind word to him, especially with their cameras rolling. Their outrage at Netanyahu is only a small indicator of how much they're going to hate Obama's Republican opponents in the months to come.