Yesterday I made a series of predictions about how the media reaction to MSNBC's Joe Scarborough --
-- squatting out a mountain of steaming Fox News bullshit would play out:
...Today, let's see how close I came (h/t the inimitable Heather at Crooks and Liars):
Jon Stewart's and/or Larry Wilmore's interns will spend four minutes in the archives and cut together a montage of the last 100 times or so the Fox News tits-and-smirk patrol have dined out on beating the crap out of the poor.
Then The Daily Show and/or The Nightly Show will play this latest blow-your-hair-back lie to come stumbling out of the the beautiful mind of Joe Scarborough.
Cue the montage that shreds it like an RPG hitting a box of Kleenex.
Cue everyone trying to find a new way to look incredulous.
Cut to commercial.
Then it sinks beneath the waves, or if it picks up a little traction, Joe Scarborough will chortle his way though some mild correction in a day or two, written in the finest Both Sides Do It font MSNBC can buy. And then it's back to business as usual.
Because you know who else knows Joe Scarborough is lying?
See? The system works!
Also (and apropos of nothing) this marks the 13th week of "Has anyone else noticed that no one is talking about The Many Lies of Bill O'Reilly anymore?"
This August, Jon Stewart will be retiring from his half hour show on Comedy Central while Squint and the Meat Puppet will go merrily on with a three-hour block of unalloyed Conservative Fox-lite bullshit, served up hot and fresh every morning on your Liberal news network.
All part of the plan.
The NYT's Charles Blow joins the party although he never bring his column to the sharp and obvious point which the subject demands:
MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough took umbrage. After saying that “the arrogance of it all is staggering,” and that he was “a little embarrassed” for the president, Scarborough demanded of his befuddled panel: “What about the specific clip about Fox News calling poor people leeches, sponges and lazy? Have you ever heard that on Fox News?” One panelist responded, “No, I have not.” Then Scarborough opened the question to them all: “Has anybody ever heard that on Fox News?”
Media Matters makes the pie higher: