Reason TV's Kennedy on Friday had a delicious smackdown of HBO's Bill Maher and MSNBC's Martin Bashir.
When Maher and Bashir voiced predictable scorn for Governor Jan Brewer pointing a finger at Barack Obama earlier in the week, Real Time panelist Kennedy correctly observed, "If this were a Democratic governor and a Republican president doing the same thing, the entire panel on your show would be like, 'You go girl.' It is so hypocritical" (video follows with transcript and commentary):
The discussion began with Maher showing the now infamous picture of Brewer pointing at Obama.
"I think this is unprecedented," bemoaned the liberal host. "I don't know of any other instance when someone has been this disrespectful to the president."
After the predictable applause from the audience, Bashir opined, "I think that this is the physical embodiment of what has happened over the period of this presidency...What she did was the ultimate outcome of behavior and beliefs that have been allowed to spread and continue...That was profoundly offensive."
When Bashir was done with his absurd characterization of this incident, Kennedy marvelously replied, "If this were a Democratic governor and a Republican president doing the same thing, the entire panel on your show would be like, 'You go girl.' It is so hypocritical."
To strengthen her point, every time former Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) or former Senator Hillary Clinton (D-N.Y.) said anything negative about George W. Bush when he was president, the press would party like it was 1999.
As such, Kennedy was spot on about the hypocrisy concerning how not just Maher and Bashir but the entire Obama-loving media have covered this incident.
Brava, Kennedy! Brava!
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