Aww, David Shuster Laments That Rupert Murdoch Came Across as 'Likable Character'

July 22nd, 2011 12:25 PM

It irritates liberals to no end when conservatives they revile don't comply with the caricatures they've created for them.

Former MSNBCer David Shuster, for example, subbing for radio host Bill Press on Wednesday, had this to say about News Corp. chief Rupert Murdoch's testimony before Parliament (audio clip after page break) --

SHUSTER: Now, I must say, as somebody who detests Rupert Murdoch, I must say I found myself somewhat surprised and frustrated in a sense, Peter (Peter Ogburn, Bill Press producer) by how well he did. I thought he came across as, you know, he was defiant, he just, he spoke, he didn't really give much ground, he was much more sort of clear in his answers than his son, James Murdoch. And I thought he came across -- and this pains me, pains me, to say this -- but actually as a rather likable character.

OGBURN: I actually told someone yesterday, I go, I hate to say this, I sort of feel bad for the guy. I know I shouldn't feel bad for him because it's his company. But he came off as a sad old man who's out of touch with his company and his, and it's just kind of like, man, I don't want to beat up on him too much. (laughs)

Much as it pains me to admit this as well, Shuster comes across as a likable character in his candor here. Let's hope it takes hold and isn't an anomaly.

(h/t, Brian Maloney at The Radio Equalizer)