Fair and balanced in a FOX News kind of way.
This was Chris Matthews’ “panel” after the president’s peptalk today showing “America’s reaction”.
First and reasonably, two neutral commentators:
Reza Aslan - Pro-democracy Muslim scholar
**Norah O’Donnell ** - MSNBC journalist.
Then there’s the rest:
Tucker Carlson - obligatory right wing cheer leader.
Tony Perkins - President of the Family Research Council. Here’s the FRC’s top ten legislative priorities if you’re not sure who they are.
Jerry Sutton - Baptist Pastor, wrotea book lauding the fundamentalist takeover of the Southern Baptist Convention
**Some woman ** - of the Eagle Forum (that’s right, Phyllis Schlafly’s Group). Just to give you the flavor Here’s the first photo on the Eagle Forum’s photo gallery.
Does this panel look a little HORRIBLY HORRIBLY skewed to anybody? Why are there three representatives of the *far far * Right (and what expertise do any of these people have in the Iraq war, by the way), another of the merely far right (Tucker). Balanced by - um - air? No wait, they were balanced by the wives of serviceman in the audience who talked about how proud they were of their husbands, how the Iraqis were grateful they were there, and compared Iraqis to 9 year old children (“we don’t let them drive yet because we’re the parents and they’re not ready.” I shit you not.)
In fact scratch what I said. Even Fox News would feel the need to have a democrat-ish straw man lurking somewhere. This was so skewed it’s just freakish. I hesitated to put this in the pit because I’m more confused and even curious than angry. I almost put this in General Questions.
This is a true, honest, W…T…F.