Obsessed with non-gaffes in hopes of turning them into gaffes, MSNBC may have bit off a little more than they could chew this week after completely falling for bogus "news" stories... running with them... then hyping them up to the point that it's just downright laughable, yet completely absurd.
First they took a bite after reading some nice, smelly Politico bait where it was being "reported" that Paul Ryan mockingly calls Mitt Romney "the Stench". Oh, what a dig that would be! Comedy GOLD!! There's no way MSNBC was going to let that worm slip away. That's some good eatin'.
So without doing any real fact checking (hey, it's on the internet... so it MUST be true) they immediately ran with the story by sending out Lawrence "Check Out the Head on That Thing" O'Donnell and let him do what he does best... beat a dead horse in the most smug way imaginable. Only problem for MSNBC was the horse took the day off, so in hindsight it just looks like O'Donnell is beating himself.
Beat that horse Scary Larry.... beat it real good:
It was so bad that Politico later had to add a disclaimer at the top warning potentially foolish pundits that might find themselves irrisatably engaging in nonsensical smears like O'Donnell did.
They even added a special author's note that read:
[Author’s note: Jonathan Swift did not really want Irish people to sell their children for food in 1729; George Orwell did not really want the clocks to strike thirteen in 1984; Paul Ryan, I am sure, calls Mitt Romney something more dignified than “Stench” and Microsoft did not invent PowerPoint as a means to euthanize cattle. At least I am pretty sure Microsoft didn’t.]
When you've forced the author to hold people by the hand and explain to them the obvious, it's pretty clear the obvious went right over your head, and given O'Donnell's skull shape it probably didn't even ruffle any hairs.
Now before you start to think MSNBC couldn't possibly top that and come off looking like even bigger partisan tools , let me first remind you that this is MSNBC we're talking about, then move along to our next topic of discussion...
With this next baited hook many in the lame-stream media went swimming after it, including HuffPo, Daily Kos, Gawker, Think Progress (the typical smorgasboard for hysterical moonbattery). It even caused the Atlantic to go fishing for an expert to best explain why Mitt's joke (mistaken by them for the pinnacle of all gaffes) is such a serious issue, laying it out for their intelligent readers why it's a bad idea to have windows on airplanes (they later updated their story and added that Mitt was joking in a 'their bad, sorta... but not really' kind of way).
It is after all yet another "turning point":
Maddow reaction and facial expressions are a bonus.
You're welcome BL Raggers.
AUTHORS NOTE (in the fashion of Politico): Some people still can't grasp the fact that MSNBC screwed up and ran with wildly untrue stories without doing any fact checking, even though the story and links explain in great depth, and are continuing to jump on "the Stench" comments as if they were accurate. Try to avoid jumping to such conclusions... you'll only make yourself look silly. - SDiA