This isn't the self-imposed idiocy commonly exhibited by liberals, but a rarefied strain found in left-wing radio and MSNBC. Ed Schultz, standing astride both, embodies it.
Bad enough that Schultz insisted on his radio show Friday that heck no, gosh darn it, Bill Clinton was absotively, posalutely never tried in the Senate after he was impeached during the Lewinsky scandal. This from a man whose radio program begins with the lead-in, "where truth and common sense rule." (audio clip after page break)
On that same radio broadcast, Schultz dug deep to reveal he's not equipped to render a valid opinion about, well, just about anything. Take it away, Big Eddie (h/t, audio, Brian Maloney at mrctv.org) --
The gun laws and the gun violence in Chicago is a helluva lot different than it is in New York City. There's two different worlds when it comes to gun violence, it's not even close. New York City is not, you know, an all-safe zone or what not, I'm not trying to make that case. But a city that has got strict, the strictest gun laws in America put forth by Mayor Bloomberg, versus the gun laws that apparently don't even exist in Chicago, you've got two totally different numbers when it comes to lives lost.
I know, hard to believe isn't it? This from a man paid to bloviate. Correction -- this from a man paid by liberals to bloviate. Accuracy not required.
Remarkably, despite his decades of experience in media, Schultz keeps missing the common denominator in stories about homicides in Chicago, that the endless shootings always seem to occur despite the city's "tough gun laws." If that's not mentioned, a variation will be cited, that of Chicago having "some of the toughest gun laws" in the country.
"Despite" all the laws restricting access to guns, the bloodletting in Chicago rages unabated. Go figure.
According to Breitbart reporter Awr Hawkins, 10 people were shot in Chicago, "the gun control capital of the United States," over the weekend. Two of them did not survive. "Just think," Hawkins writes, "this is all happening in the city Obama is using as a blueprint for gun control measures he wants to impose on the United States as a whole."
Five Chicago residents had been shot to death as of Friday with the new year less than a week old, writes Townhall news editor Katie Pavlich. One of the victims was a muffler shop owner who was shot in the back during a robbery as he tried to flee. The man called his son to tell him he'd been shot, then died, Fox News reports.
More than 500 people were murdered in Chicago in 2012, well above the 405 fatalities among coalition troops last year in Afghanistan.