Sometimes in the world of entertainment, also known as the world of political punditry, meltdowns are witnessed and savored. Such an interview happened on Monday evening for David Shuster on MSNBC. I'm am telling you about it because no one actually watches MSNBC and this foolish interviewer needs to be called out on his behavior.
Shuster, formerly of Fox News channel is a 'reporter' who used to patrol the U.N. and surrounding sidewalks hoping to ambush an official, any official at all, with questions about the Oil For Food program. As the scandal about the management of that program was finally being reported by Fox News, long before any other network bothered to investigate, I would watch in amazement as Shuster would target someone and then chase them down for a question. Not the most dignified while executing his moves, Shuster would dart through groups of passersby like the roadrunner cartoon character on crack trying to get to an official for a comment.
Monday evening Shuster was the substitute host of the Tucker Carlson show. His guest was Rep. Marsha Blackburn, R-TN, and he was doing a standard smackdown on Rep. Blackburn for her support of the mission in Iraq and speaking up for General Petraeus by criticizing the MoveOn ad in the New York Times.
Shuster: Let's talk about the public trust. You represent of course a district in western Tennessee. What was the name of the last soldier form your district who was killed in Iraq?
Blackburn: The name of the last soldier killed in Iraq from my district? I do not know.
Shuster: OK, his name was Jeremy Bohannon. He was killed August the ninth, 2007. How come you didn't know the name?
Blackburn spoke about her appreciation for sacrifices made by the troops and then about her outreach to military families in her district by herself and her office. Not good enough for Shuster, though.
Shuster: Well, you weren't appreciative enough to know the name of this young man...I still think it's a little bit surprising that you didn't know the name of this last soldier killed in Iraq who's only 18 years old yet you do know so much about the MoveOn. org ad and the tactics you didn't like.
Shuster. What a charmer, no?
Well, well, well. What did I read last night? That's right. Shuster had to issue a big ole apology on air during the Tucker Carlson show last night. Why? Well, turns out that the soldier, Jeremy Bohannon, wasn't from Rep. Blackburn's district. He was from a neighboring district and his representative in Congress was John Tanner, a Democrat.
See why David Shuster is on MSNBC?