MSNBC's decision to dump Donny Deutsch as an anchor following a show which featured me as a guest has garnered a lot of comments.
At a minimum the decision to dispatch Donny demonstrates that MSNBC is definitely not "the place for politics," as the network has taken to marketing itself as, but rather the place for hard-left politics only, and of a particularly thin sort to boot.
Deutsch's sin appears to have been an insufficiently vigorous defense of Keith Olbermann and Ed Schultz, two of the lightest feathers in the media breeze.
Deutsch's apostasy went so far as to include a clip of Keith on one of his familiar rants in the same sequence that featured Rush and Glenn Beck.
Deutsch's shtick this week had been "anger in America," and when Deutsch asked for my opinion on the credibility and impact of talking heads on the political climate, I began with the obvious: Olbermann and Schultz are the biggest hate-mongers on cable, and that before anyone on MSNBC begins to lecture the world on how to conduct civil discourse, the physician would have to heal himself.
When Deutsch pushed back on Schultz, I made the obvious point that Ed is a joke, a position from which I would not be moved, and to which Donny took exception, citing Ed's "big heart" --an ironic description given Schultz's recent rant about Dick Cheney's ticker.
(The irony of Donny waxing on anything to do with civility following his description of Marco Rubio as a "coconut" was also lost on the host and his producers.)
When the segment was over, so was Donny's career on MSNBC though the ax didn't drop until the next day. Rule #1 in MSNBC-land: Never say anything bad about Keith or Ed or allow a guest to voice an unflattering opinion about them no matter how widely shared across the country.