Lawrence O’Donnell’s Selective Mockery

I have very little respect for any of the pundits on MSNBC–well, no, scratch that. I have zero respect for any of the pundits on MSNBC. But I will concede admiration for one of them, and that is Lawrence O’Donnell. Admiration, that is, for his openness about his beliefs.

To wit, O’Donnell said the following on November 5, 2010: “I am not a progressive. I am not a liberal who is so afraid of the word that I had to change my name to progressive. Liberals amuse me. I am a socialist.”

Most Democratic politicians today, and certainly all of O’Donnell’s fellow pundits on MSNBC, agree with him entirely but are too afraid to admit to it. They perfectly exemplify the famous quote of author and self-proclaimed socialist Upton Sinclair: “The American People will take Socialism, but they won’t take the label.”

Lawrence O’Donnell’s admission of his socialist beliefs is commendable, but that does not mean he is not a typical liberal media slug who employs a double standard when judging Democrats and Republicans. And that is what he did on his show Tuesday night.

Teasing the upcoming segment after the forthcoming commercials, O’Donnell, smiling wryly, said, “Coming up…one Republican whose strategy for dealing with Latino voters”–here he pauses to bask in sanctimony–“is to completely give up on them.”

When the show began again, O’Donnell showed a clip of the radio program of Tim Wildmon, President of American Family Radio, in which he stated, “I hate to be pessimistic for people who would be a Republican, but I just don’t see the Republicans being able to get any more percentage votes from Hispanics.”

Lawrence responds haughtily: “His strategy for dealing with the fastest-growing segment of the electorate is to completely give up on them!”

Well, no, that’s not at all what Wildmon said. He simply said he doesn’t see how Republicans will be able to get any more Hispanic voters than they did this past election, an issue that many Republican strategists are presently working to fix.

But semantics aside, I wonder if O’Donnell was equally smugly critical of President Obama, as reported by The Blaze:

“After they helped him get reelected earlier this month, President Barack Obama is asking his supporters to complete a post-election survey and identify themselves as part of a certain ‘constituency group.’ There are 22 groups to choose from, including African-Americans, Arab Americans, Latinos, Youth, LGBT, Women and even ‘People of faith.’ However, there are no choices available for ‘white’ or ‘Caucasian.’”

But I’m sure the ignoring of males, and particularly whites, the largest segment of America, induces in Lawrence O’Donnell the same sanctimonious chuckling as when he reported falsely that Tim Wildmon wants to write off Hispanic voters, right? Of course; otherwise that would signify some kind of bias or something.