When Elon Musk and Governor Ron DeSantis defended parental rights, liberal journalists heads were blown to pieces.
MSNBCers protested DeSantis’s defense of Florida parent rights in the fight against Disney. Marc Caputo, contributor, complained about the lack of transparency. “mafia feel” to DeSantis’s tactics,” while MSNBC host Nicolle Wallace disgustingly compared the “inhuman” GOP governor’s actions to those of Russian soldiers who “rape childen”Ukraine
For MSNBC host Joy Reid, Musk’s acquisition of Twitter wasn’t about free speech, it was all about spreading anti-semitism and “misogyny” because the South African-born Musk “misses the old South Africa in the 80s.”
The past couple of weeks also saw Hollywood elites get into the act with Comedy Central correspondent Jordan Klepper comparing authoritarian Hungary to Florida and film director Rob Reiner hate-tweeting: “A vote for Republicans is a vote to destroy Democracy.”
Here are some outrageous statements by celebs and journalists liberals in the last few weeks.
“Inhuman” DeSantis, Youngkin Like Russians Who “Rape Children” in Ukraine
“I worry that in covering [Virginia GOP Governor]Glenn Youngkin’s politics of parental choice was all about how it worked. Even in the conversations we had about [Florida GOP Governor Ron] DeSantis; it’s about how well they’re serving him. Truth is, dehumanization used as a strategy for politics comes from war. Dehumanization is a tactic that’s being used right now. Russians force their soldiers into rape by dehumanizing children. This is war tactic that dehumanizes people. It’s being deployed in politics and people like you and I sometimes lose the plot and admire its effectiveness….That dehumanization has a cost right now!”
— Host Nicolle Wallace on MSNBC’s Deadline: White HouseApril 20, 2004.
“Mafia Feel” to “Authoritarian” “Hostage-Taking” DeSantis
Correspondent Marc Caputo: “This, you know, to a degree, especially when you talk to critics, has a bit of a mafia feel, which is, ‘Nice theme park you have there, shame if something happened to it.’”…
Chuck Todd is the host “A larger question here. Is Florida a good place to do business if you’re a private corporation or is it only a good place to do business if you’re a private corporation that shares the ideology of the Republican governor?…As many of us analysts have been saying for a couple of years now, small-government Republicanism is dead. It is strong government, that is what the ideology on the right is these days.”
— Discussion on Florida state house voting to pass a bill that will strip Disney World of its special self-governing status after Disney opposed parental rights legislation, as aired on MSNBC’s MTP DailyApril 21.
“If you are a pro-freedom of speech, against canceling, pro-business Republican, I don’t know how you justify hostage-taking. Political blackmail and hostage-taking against corporations are examples of political blackmail. [Disney] for speaking up about a concern of their employees….It’s such insanity.”
— ABC’s The View co-host Ana Navarro on CNN NewsroomApril 23, 2003.
DeSantis Will Sic Voter “Police Force” on Black People
“Today ‘Baby MAGA’ [Florida GOP Governor Ron DeSantis]A bill authorizing him to form his own police force is signed. It’s tasked with investigating allegations of violations of the election law. Just lovely, the ‘Big Lie’ will now have its own battalion of goons. I wonder who they’ll go after first. I think you can guess….He’s taken away the ability of African-Americans to vote and he passed this police force that you know is gonna be sicced on black Floridians to intimidate them out of being able to vote.”
— Host Joy Reid on MSNBC’s The Reid OutApril 25, 2005
“Anti-Black” DeSantis Is Committing “Child Abuse”
“This mis-use of Black boys is tantamount to child abuse. It would be great to know the background of these children and how they ended up at DeSantis events. Given how anti-Black DeSantis is, using Black children this way is extra sick.”
— April 22 tweetJoy Reid of MSNBC was responding to a photo showing black children holding anti-Critical Race Theory signs during the GOP Florida Governor Ron DeSantis events.
Elon Musk misses Apartheid Days, and wants to bring it back on Twitter
Contributor Jason Johnson: “You have politically minded people like Elon Musk who are trying to dominate public discourse around the world and governments need to get involved.”…
Joy Reid is the host “They have been described as being on the outside of the culture looking in through the glass, but they don’t just wanna come in. They wanna come in and be able to punch people in the face and walk around and laugh about it and then not have anyone be able to stop them….There was a time when people had the double hashtags around their names because they were Jewish and right-wingers were saying ‘get in the oven’ any time you made any benign comment on Twitter. They also attacked women. The misogyny on Twitter was insane for a time. Elon Musk, I guess he — you know — misses the old South Africa in the 80s. He wants that back.”
— Host Joy Reid on MSNBC’s ReidOutApril 26, 2006.
Exploiting Holocaust Remembrance Day To Slam “Neo-Fascist” Republicans
“These 2022 elections, they’re not a referendum on Joe Biden. They’re not a referendum on Nancy Pelosi. They’re not a referendum on Chuck Schumer. They’re really a referendum on the Republican Party….Republican voters are going to have to decide where they want to go. They want to go back toward the visions of Margaret Thatcher or Ronald Reagan. Are they looking to move in a more neofascist, a direction similar to the one they took that ended on January 6? So on this national, on this Holocaust Remembrance Day, that’s one thing I’m thinking about.”
— Host Joe Scarborough on MSNBC’s Morning JoeThe 27th of April.
In Denial: CNN’s New Boss Insists It’s Not an “Advocacy Network”
“Advocacy networks [Fox News, MSNBC] are a great business, but CNN is in the business of journalism first.”
— Warner Bros.Discovery CEO David Zaslav in Q&A with investors during the company’s first earnings call on April 26.
MSNBC: Today’s Conservatives Would Call Jesus a Woke Groomer Socialist
“The entire message of the Gospels of the Easter holidays was love one another. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. If Jesus Christ was alive today, he would be called a groomer, he would be called woke and he would be called a socialist.”
— MSNBC political contributor Matthew Dowd on MSNBC’s Deadline: White HouseApril 20, 2004.
Have to Keep “Thugs” Like Trump Away From Border Security
“We’ve got to keep our borders safe. We’ve got to keep our streets safe. It’s possible to do so in a humane way. And if we don’t do it in a humanitarian way, then thugs like Donald Trump will do it in their way. Americans. We don’t want that to happen.”
— Co-host Joe Scarborough on MSNBC’s Morning JoeApril 18, 2008.
“Democracy Is On the Brink” Thanks to “Radicalized” Republicans
“Our very democracy is on the brink, and how the TimesCoverage of this existential threat is extremely important, particularly as critical elections near in the fall and 2024. Will the paper’s coverage forthrightly identify the problems posed by a radicalized Republican Party that is increasingly dedicated to lies, bad-faith attacks and the destruction of democratic norms, or will it try to treat today’s politics as simply the result of bipartisan ‘polarization’? Will it try to cut the situation straight down the middle as if we were still in the old days — an era that no longer exists?”
— Washington Post Style columnist Margaret Sullivan in April 24 article “Joe Kahn can be a great New York TimesEditor, I am familiar with him. Here’s why I think he might be the man for this perilous moment.”
Elon Musk Only Protecting Free Speech of “Straight White Men”
“On Twitter it is predominantly straight white men. So, when Elon Musk says, ‘wow, this is about free speech,’ it seems to me that it’s about free speech of straight white men.”
— Co-host Sunny Hostin on ABC’s The ViewApril 26, 2004
DeSantis’s “Anti-American” “Anti-Black” “Anti-Gay” Attack on Disney
Joy Behar, co-host: “Florida Governor Ron DeSantis is punishing our parent company, Disney, for speaking out against his so-called ‘Don’t Say Gay’ law. He revoked Disney’s special status that could cost Florida taxpayers $2 billion. This goes against the GOP’s brand of being business-friendly. Now, can he win this culture war?”…
Ana Navarro is the co-host “It was to penalize and take revenge against Disney for having dared cross a pet legislative cause of theirs. That is wrong. It’s anti-American. It’s what happens in Venezuela. It’s what happens in Nicaragua. It does not happen in the United States.”
Sunny Hostin is the co-host “I can explain why it’s happening. It’s because bigotry is on the ballot when it comes to Ron DeSantis. Right? That’s what this is about. It’s not anti-Disney. It’s anti-black. It’s anti-gay. It’s anti-LGBTQ+ community. And for some reason, the Republican base responds to it.”
— ABC’s The ViewApril 25, 2005
Florida Turning Into Authoritarian Hungary
“It’s a slide from democracy towards autocracy to go from free to partly free. And basically what happens is they….make voting harder. There’s a lot of gerrymandering. They have control over the media. Most of the media there is owned by wealthy oligarchs who have connections to the ruling party, and they vilify certain minority groups, the LGBTQ community is being vilified right now to rev up voters and you look at what’s happening in Florida right now and you start to see that thing happening here. And so when you see this democracy slide, in a European country, it’s that frog boiling in water. Democracies are fragile. And so when you’re back here in America, look, it might look a lot like what’s happening there.”
— Comedy Central’s The Daily ShowJordan Klepper (Correspondent) previewing the special on CPAC Hungary, which aired in April CBS MorningsApril 20, 2004.
From the Mind of “Meathead”
“We’re talking about democracy versus autocracy….That’s one of the reasons [Vladimir] Putin invaded Ukraine….he’s wanting to destroy a democracy….He’s [Donald Trump] controlling every aspect of what he would now call the Republican Party….This is an autocratic movement. So, if you’re voting for Republicans, you’re not voting for Republicans. You’re voting for autocracy….If he [Attorney General Merrick Garland] doesn’t move forward [in indicting Trump]Then you will have the end democracy. The rule of law is meaningless, so the worst crime against America does not go unpunished. That means you have no democracy anymore.”
— Director/actor Rob Reiner on MSNBC’s Sunday ShowApril 24, 2009.
“It couldn’t be more simple. A vote for Republicans is a vote to destroy Democracy.”
— April 20 tweet by director Rob Reiner.