Interesting to see the old comrades at each other’s throats. Great update from FishbowlDC on the most recent interchanges:
The Hillary campaign recently took MSNBC reporter David Shuster (and MSNBC generally) to task for asking a guest on February 7th’s “Tucker” program, “[D]oesn’t it seem like Chelsea’s sort of being pimped out in some weird sort of way?” MSNBC has suspended Shuster for his remarks.
Clinton said that her staff had sent her “some independent study” “which seemed to suggest that” “in terms of the fairness of the coverage,” Fox News Channel has treated her campaign more fairly than MSNBC.
“I really am troubled by this pattern of behavior and comments that you hear” on MSNBC, said Clinton. Recently, two MSNBC hosts — Chris Matthews and Joe Scarborough — have come under heat for comments deemed sexist by many and liberal media watchdog group MediaMatters has increased its scrutiny of the cable network.
The Clinton campaign recently suggested that Shuster’s suspension was inadequate and Harris asked what Clinton thought would be a more appropriate punishment.
“That’s not my job John,” said Clinton. “That’s the job of the people who run the network.”
“They need to take a hard look. This is like the third time they’ve had to apologize and there are lot of things that they haven’t had to apologize for that might have merited one. So I wish they would take a look at some of the patterns of demeaning comments made on their network.“
It is really too, too rich that MSNBC has continued to draw Media Matters’ fire, despite the so-smart business move of getting rid of Imus under pressure from the same quarters. (Still worried though that the fire will return to Imus at some point before Nov ’08.)