Howard Fineman Apologizes for 'Ayatollah' 'Smear' Against Norquist

December 4th, 2012 12:49 PM

Former Newsweek editor Howard Fineman apologized on Monday for his "inadvertent smear" against Grover Norquist. First reported on NewsBusters, Fineman appeared on the December 3 Hardball and slammed the President of Americans for Tax Reform. The journalist railed, "A long time before the Tea Party existed or had a name, Grover Norquist, the famous anti-tax lobbyist in Washington, was running around beginning to enforce, ayatollah-style, his edict about taxes."

Four hours after the comment, Fineman tweeted an apology, allowing, "Apologies to Grover Norquist and his Muslim wife for inadvertent slur on #MSNBC #Hardball, calling him 'Ayatollah' of GOP anti-tax movement."

Fineman has a history of showcasing his liberal bias, lashing out against conservatives. On July 16, he fumed that the "nasty" Rush Limbaugh behaves like a "werewolf."

During the presidential election, the Huffington Post editorial director railed against Mitt Romney for appealing to his "xenophobic" base.

For other examples of Fineman's bias, go here.