The Hannity show’s weekly Media Victim Mash with Brent Bozell reached new lows of credibility Thursday night (5/24/12) as guest host Tucker Carlson whined that discredited author Ed Klein’s new book attacking President Obama is being ignored by the “mainstream” media – all the while Carlson and Bozell ignored the serious problems with Klein’s integrity. Yet, still, Carlson had no problem with “joking” that MSNBC’s Chris Matthews is a “Stalinist.”
As usual, the segment was little more than a whine session about how horribly unfair liberals, the media and especially the liberal media are. Also as usual, there was no thought to any bias right there on Fox News that even conservatives acknowledge exists. Carlson got right with the Hannity groove by “joking” about Chris Matthews, “What a Stalinist!” Carlson added, “The idea of someone who poses as a journalist attacking deviationists or anybody who dares criticize his hero is pretty nauseating.”
Carlson went on to gush that Klein’s book has “a lot of bombshells” and is “packed with interesting stories.” He added, “(Klein) didn’t just come out of a swamp from somewhere. I mean, this is the former foreign editor of Newsweek, the editor of the New York Times Magazine and yet this book is suffering total blackout in the press.”
Yes, but Carlson left out a few facts from Klein’s resumé, such as his birtherism and that even conservatives find him disreputable. In fact, Klein’s book on Hillary Clinton was described on Fox News by both Greta Van Susteren and conservative journalist Byron York as “widely denounced.”
But for some reason, “media critic” Bozell didn’t think that worth pointing out. Or maybe he was just ignorant. What he did say was,"Of course it should be covered… Look, here is the narrative and it’s gonna go on from now until Election Day. If it advances Obama, it’s gonna be covered. If it hurts him in any way, it’s just going to be spiked."
Carlson continued distorting Klein's history: "Here Klein spends most of his entire working life in the mainstream media in highly-feted, so-called legitimate jobs and yet the second he attacks the hero, he’s ignored. Remarkable…
"Just like Cory Booker," Bozell agreed.. "You go off the reservation for a moment and you’re persona non grata thereafter."
"What is about this president that so commands the slavish, dog-like loyalty of your average working journalist? Carlson asked.
Bozell replied, essentially, that they share the same “radical” “ideology." Classy.
"It’s even worse than your average conservative thinks it is," Carlson said ominously.
I particularly enjoyed the dramatic presentation that somehow Klein’s book is the victim of a sinister conspiracy rather than being the cheap gossip compilation that Klein has become notorious for peddling.
The idea that it’s Carlson and Bozell doing the shilling for the book only makes the whole thing sillier.