Tom Borelli

With the fate of the nation hanging in the balance, the time has come for grassroots conservatives to aggressively challenge the left-wing media establishment. For too long, progressive special interests have been manipulating the news to damage free market and liberty-minded candidates and elected officials. Further, they use mass media as a pedestal from which they attack the principles that conservative Americans cherish.

Possibly the worst offender is Comcast, the largest cable company in the country and owner of NBCUniversal – the parent company of NBC News and MSNBC. Comcast is a media empire, whose business model includes both media content and delivery. What this means is that you, the cable customer, don’t just watch shows, you’re also paying the salaries of liberal talking heads like Al Sharpton and Ed Schultz.

Sharpton, a progressive pundit who relies more on sensationalism and race-baiting than facts, uses his platform as the host of MSNBC’s Politics Nation to manipulate the news, divide our nation on race and advance his left-wing ideology.

Ed Schultz, who just recently won back a prime time position at 5:00 p.m. (EST), has promoted the outrageous claim that conservatives support segregation. He said, “There’s an undercurrent of anger out there, that there is this conservative separatist movement that is taking grip in America to separate. We’re not as equal as we think we are.”

To advance this theme, his program used a map of the U.S. covered with the image of the Confederate flag labeled, “Pride in Prejudice.”

Following up on that reckless statement, Schultz conducted an online poll asking: “Are conservatives the new Confederates?”

According to Mediaite, Schultz’s poll was a follow-up to a comment from Jesse Jackson that, “The Tea Party is the resurrection of the Confederacy; it’s the Fort Sumter tea party.”

Conservatives should not underestimate the damage that MSNBC is doing to the nation and civil political discourse. The extreme and irresponsible claims made by the network do affect public opinion, especially for low-information voters and individuals who have misconceptions about the Tea Party and conservatives in general.

Tom Borelli

Tom Borelli, Ph.D., is a Senior Fellow with FreedomWorks.

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