The mainstream media may finally be waking up to the network-sponsored hatred coming out of MSNBC. On Tuesday, Politico media columnist Dylan Byers joined the call for the progressive network to clean up its act. Byers begins by complementing the network for staying true to its billing as advocating a strong progressive agenda, but in terms of civility, Byers says the network is nearing the "bottom of the barrel:"
This week, Martin Bashir was forced to apologize for suggesting that Sarah Palin should be forced to eat feces. Last week, the network suspended Alec Baldwin's show after he called a photographer a "c---sucking f-g." The week before that, host Chris Matthews joked that the heavyset Chris Christie crushes his wife during sex. The month prior, Ed Schultz called Glenn Beck "a dumbass" on live television.
In chronological order, that's generally unconstructive profanity, a fat joke, a homophobic threat, and something straddling the line between torture endorsement and a poop joke. MSNBC may have a deep bench of Ivy League talent, but right now it feels like a state-school frat house on pledge night. How that's a good thing for the progressive agenda is beyond me.
Neither Politico nor Dylan Byers have a reputation for having a conservative slant. In fact, a representative of Politico management appears on MSNBC's Morning Joe every day.
Byers' latest column is another indication of the expanding realization that the venom may be coming out of the mouths of the individual hosts, but it's ultimately condoned and encouraged by MSNBC management.