David Shuster's Fruity Analysis

MSNBC's David Shuster routinely spews the typical liberal spin his boss, Chris Matthews, likes to hear but sometimes Shuster goes a step beyond to uttering statements that make the viewer ask, "What was that?!" Such was the case on last night's Hardball when Shuster really reached in his analysis of a quote from James Baker. The following occured at the top of December 7th edition of Hardball.

James Baker: "I hope we don't treat this like a fruit salad and say, ‘I like this but I don't like that, I like this but I don't like that.' This is a comprehensive strategy designed to, to deal with this problem we are facing in Iraq but also designed to deal with utter problems we face in the region."

David Shuster: "The words fruit salad could be construed as a reference to cherry-picking and to questions about the Bush administration's cherry-picking of pre-war intelligence. Now, however, everybody, including President Bush, seems to agree the U.S. needs a new approach to Iraq. The question is, what will the President do and when. I'm David Shuster for Hardball in Washington.

Geoffrey Dickens
Geoffrey Dickens
Geoffrey Dickens is the Deputy Research Director at the Media Research Center.