How bad is the American news media?
It's this bad.
Lawrence O'Donnell, on his MSNBC show, is accusing Newsweek Magazine of cutting a deal with Palin. He says Newsweek gets access to her and she gets the cover of their magazine. He says the story is "pathetic," "desperate" and "utterly absurdist."
Newsweek says O'Donnell's allegations are a "rant."
O'Donnell says their cover is a lie because they quote Palin saying, "I can win."
He says the magazine fills the story "with flattering photographs and a love letter to Palin."
As opposed to an MSNBC piece that might, what? Publish unflattering photos? And slander her?
Here's how O'Donnell knows the whole thing is rigged.
It's something Palin said.
How does O'Donnell know Newsweek cut a deal with Palin?
"As to why Newsweek decided to give Palin the softest treatment the lamestream media ever has", he says, "the answer actually lies at the end of the article, where Newsweek inadvertently confesses to the deal it obviously made to Palin for the cover, the flattering photography and the puff piece."
He says Palin said, "The mainstream press is becoming less and less relevant."
She also said she has no hesitation " \shunning media outlets" she does not trust.
O' Donnell concludes, "That means Newsweek had to make promises to her to get her trust."
But Mr. O'Donnell, what if they didn't have to make promises to her? What if they just told the truth about her and let people draw their own conclusions?
Or is something more motivating Lawrence O'Donnell than merely getting to the bottom of all this?
He may be very close to the bottom now.
Back on the November 5, 2010 edition of MSNBC's "Morning Joe" program, Lawrence O'Donnell described himself as a socialist.
He said, "I am not a liberal who is so afraid of the word that I had to change my name to progressive. Liberals amuse me. I am a socialist. I live to the extreme left, the extreme left of you mere liberals, okay?"
Okay, Mr. O'Donnell. We got it.
The reason Lawrence O'Donnell is slamming Newsweek is because Newsweek didn't slam Palin.
This episode further affirms things that were already quite clear.
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