MSNBC's David Shuster, sitting in for Tucker Carlson, criticized the use by Sen. Clinton of her daughter, Chelsea. Shuster said, "Doesn't it seem like Chelsea is being pimped out in some weird sort of way?"
Clinton's communications director, Howard Wolfson, threatened to pull out from a planned debate. MSNBC quickly offered an on-air apology, and suspended Shuster for his bizarre comment. Wolfson called Shuster's remark one of a "pattern" on that network. (A few weeks earlier, MSNBC's Chris Matthews suggested that Sen. Clinton's rise to power stemmed from her sympathetic portrayal as a woman wronged by her husband. Outraged feminists demanded an apology -- and got one.)
But NBC's cadre of pundits masquerading as journalists -- or journalists masquerading as pundits -- routinely pound, demean and belittle Republicans. So, how about a few apologies for the constant, incessant, mean-spirited, Republican/Bush bashing?
-- Chris Matthews, on NBC's "Today" show, Nov. 14, 2006, said to co-host Matt Lauer, "How many more casualties will we take in what looks to be a losing war? It's just like Vietnam. We could have cut the same deal in '68 that we cut eventually in '73. I think the American people are going to see that."
-- Chris Matthews, at the 10th anniversary celebration of his MSNBC show, accused the Bush administration of "trying to silence him over the years," and then crowed that the Bush White House had "finally been caught in their criminality." The remark presumably referred to the perjury conviction of "Scooter" Libby, Vice President Cheney's former aide. And this outburst came days before a GOP debate. The moderator? Chris Matthews.
-- MSNBC's Keith Olbermann, on Sept. 25, 2006: "For the five years, one month and two weeks, the current administration and in particular the president has been given the greatest pass for incompetence and malfeasance in American history. … As with all the other nefariousness and slime of this, our worst presidency since James Buchanan, he is having it done for him by proxy."