As promised, here is the infuriating clip of conservative political consultant (and top media adviser to George W. Bush’s 2004 presidential campaign as well as Mitt Romney’s 2008 presidential campaign) Alex Castellanos interrupting and condescending to MSNBC’s not-conservative Rachel Maddow.
How generous of NBC to use 13 minutes of roundtable combat as a lead-in to two self-serving promotions for other NBC shows. After all, what could the brilliant Rachel Maddow possibly have to offer after her very few moments of squeezing in spurts of reason and factual comebacks to combat the offensive– and intrusive– torrents of demeaning Castellanos’s verbal flatulence?
Why would any voters care about the issues when they could be watching previews of Brian Williams and Saturday Night Live shows? What possible reason would NBC have to allow communication of thought and opinion when they can pump us up for programs that have yet to air?
And why let substance get in the way of provocative timing decisions when you can cut off a political debate midstream and create a cliffhanger of sorts, but then leave no opportunity for real resolution or meaningful follow-up discussion?
Rachel pretty much summed up the tone of her “conversation” with these two responses to Castellanos:
“It’s weird that you’re interrupting me and not letting me make my point since we get along so well, so let me make my point.”
“That’s really condescending… My passion on this issue is actually me making factual arguments.”
It would also be refreshing if David Gregory, in his exasperating opening interviews (which I will not post, but you can find at the MSNBC video site here) would challenge the lies and misinformation coming from his GOP guests instead of letting them slide without a peep.
Last night I was snark-tweeting about the live shots of attendees schmoozing each other up at the White House Correspondents Dinner, aka NerdProm, and one of my tweets was, “There’s David Gregory chatting it up… but no way is he asking any follow-up questions.”
Needless to say, that one got a lot of agreement.