Hannity, Bozell Excoriate NBC’s Lauer and MSNBC’s Ratigan in November 11 Media Mash

November 12th, 2010 3:18 PM

NBC's Matt Lauer and MSNBC's Dylan Ratigan last night found themselves just two of the targets in the latest "Media Mash" segment on Fox News Channel's "Hannity" show.

NewsBusters publisher Brent Bozell appeared on the November 11 program to dissect NBC's biased coverage of former President George W. Bush's new memoir, "Decision Points," an ABC News puff piece on Michelle Obama's fashion sense, and MSNBC's Ratigan giving a platform to a leftist calling for violent revolution.

"Matt Lauer is absolutely delusional," opined Bozell, pointing to Lauer's criticism of the former president's defense of his signature tax cut legislation. "The tax cuts caused the recession? The reality is, the Bush tax cuts gave us four million jobs. Those are the facts; you can't go against these facts."

[Video of the segment available after the page break.]

Examining the liberal media's visceral disdain for the 43rd President, Bozell quipped, "George Bush could come up with a cure for cancer and it really wouldn't bother them in the least. They really wouldn't care."

Regarding an ABC News piece in which the correspondent fawned over the First Lady's "thoroughly modern, approachable twist" to fashion, Bozell highlighted the partisan double-standard: "Close your eyes and try to imagine Nancy Reagan getting that treatment, or Laura Bush, or Barbara Bush. When it's a Republican First Lady, she's either ignored, or like Nancy Reagan, she's vilified. If it's a Democrat, she's put on a special throne."

Later in the segment, Bozell reacted to MSNBC's Dylan Ratigan, who interviewed a left-wing author pushing violent revolution to bring about liberal change: "The government, the corporations, and the extreme right are prepared to coalesce into an axis of evil. Are you going to fight back? Will you do whatever it takes, including taking up arms?"

"Sean, if you had that kind of a guest on, your show wouldn't be over before Roger Ailes fired you," Bozell concluded.