Friday, July 18, 2008

Way to Prove a Point, Dan

This morning on MSNBC's venerable "Morning Joe" hosted by Nobel Laureate Joe Scarborough and MacArthur Genius Fellow Tiki Barber, Dan Rather reminded everyone why he's not allowed to talk on real TV anymore.

Normally, I'd kind of ignore this type of thing, but the context was just too perfect. The three were discussing when Jesse Jackson was caught on tape saying was "tired of [Barack Obama] talking down to black folks," and that he wanted to "cut [Obama's] nuts off."

So Rather plods along predictable lines: "I respect Jesse Jackson... blah blah... 24 hour news cycle... yada yada... new culture" basically saying that you always have to be ready and extremely careful with every word nowadays or it will be on the front page tomorrow.

Then he mistakenly calls Barack Obama Osama bin Laden.

The full name.

And doesn't miss a beat.


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