Thursday, September 27, 2007

And One More, Because It's So Easy

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?


AC said...

I am so coming to absolutely rely on you and your research and observation. Honestly, Karen, you need to be syndicated, just as Beverly has said.

I DON'T watch MSNBC, you are right. I'm sure Shuster "apologised" in a way that included how Ms. Blackburn should STILL have known the appropriate soldier's name.

West Tennessee has a bit of a problem in its Democratic ranks, what with the Fords and the Tennessee Waltz sting, though that reached across state and party lines (8 D's, 2R's - 7 west, 3 east but SOUTH east). That is just an aside, with no relation to your topic though.

wordnerd said...

Sheesh -- this stuff just writes itself sometimes, doesn't it?

Amen to AC, Beverly, and the rest who think you should be syndicated ... have you ever contacted anyone about column submissions?

Frasypoo said...

That was great,Karen!
I agree with the others about you being syndicated!!!

Paul is a Hermit said...

Shuster=Piece of pond scum.

I see no reason whatsoever that she should have known the name and she should have said so.

What precedent is he using? What requirement is he pointing toward?
World War II? Korea? I, losing a daughter, would never expect my Rep. to know their name, nor Shuster, nor The President. Knowing the name is not as important as seeing the next of kin receive all that is due them if they have a problem. That is what she's there for, Not for displaying her prowess in remembering names.

His question is meaningless to the extreme and absurd. The Left will think what they wish, the rest of us see the stupidity.

Beverly said...

MSNBC? What is that? Oh, it's the channel that I quickly pass over, especially if that awful Keith Olbermann is running his mouth. Like you said, nobody watches it. It makes me mad that NBC has him doing a little spot at half-time on Sunday night football.

I couldn't stand him when he was on ESPN and thought he knew everything.

That is completely off the subject, but while I was thinking about it, I thought I'd throw it in.

Conservative Belle said...

Score one for the blogosphere again! The media will have to be cautious when pulling gotcha games - the bloggers are watching and doubting and fact-checking.

Side note: After the newstory broke, I got over 700 hits on my blog, even got nods from The Weekly Standard and Brit Hume and a lot of major blog sites. It's a fast ride.