How David Shuster Lied to Get Me to Appear on MSNBC
Today is the day that I have been invited to go on MSNBC for the very first time. At no point during the ACORN story was I put on the hot seat to defend the work of James O'Keefe. My thesis from day one has been that the mainstream media is biased in favor of the left and MSNBC is its most obvious case study.
So when MSNBC led the charge on Tuesday against James O'Keefe when he and three others were arrested in New Orleans at Senator Landrieu's office, it came as no surprise that the cable network seized upon a narrative that presumed O'Keefe's guilt, falsely extrapolated that he was being charged with felony wiretapping and instantaneously coined and repeated endlessly the new buzz phase, "Watergate Jr."
Thus it came as no surprise to me that Keith Olbermann's super sub, David Shuster, called me early Wednesday. "Watergate Jr." pushed MSNBC to send Shuster down to New Orleans to own the destruction-by-media of James O'Keefe and anyone in his proximity. I immediately told Shuster that I had been getting emails about his absurd, over-the-top and rush-to-judgment journalism. He told me that I had him confused with Rachel Maddow and Keith Olbermann, that he has "no horse in this race." He asked that I come on his show and that he would give me a fair interview. He proceeded to send me the following emails to formalize the request. See below (emphasis mine):
As you see, Shuster is attempting to lure me into this story based upon the false premise of his objective neutrality. Notice he says, "As I said, I don't have a horse in this race." A simple Google search of David Shuster and James O'Keefe immediately finds that Shuster went into a Twitter frenzy to tar and feather James O'Keefe and propagated what are now provably false lies about the Landrieu case.
As I am signing off here, I have just been informed that MSNBC has admonished Shuster for "inappropriate" twitter comments. But what about Shuster's obvious lie that he has no "horse in this race," a lie he used to try to get me into the Obama-stimulus-infused, bias-laden MSNBC eco-system? Could there be a greater admission of a journalist's political investment in a storyline than divining ("the truth is, you intended to tap her phones") a subject guilty of a crime he has not even been accused of? Remember, Shuster has sold out Olbermann and Maddow as the ideologues in the newsroom. If Shuster is their idea of journalistic neutrality, I can continue to sleep well acting as a journalist who openly admits that he comes to the table with a unique political perspective.
How much do you want to bet David Shuster's incomprehensible behavior and MSNBC's rush to convict James O'Keefe will be a subject at the next Comcast shareholders' meeting?
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