During a panel this afternoon in Denver about media coverage of the presidential campaigns, NBC's Tom Brokaw found himself defending MSNBC, once again. Politico's Michael Calderone attended the panel which was moderated by PBS' Judy Woodruff with participants Brokaw, ABC's George Stephanopoulos and CBS's Bob Schieffer. Also in attendance, Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell, who supported Hillary Clinton in the primary. Rendell and Brokaw began debating NBC's campaign coverage, including the comments by correspondent Lee Cowan as well as MSNBC. "MSNBC was the official network of the Obama campaign," Rendell said, who called their coverage "absolutely embarrassing." Chris Matthews, Rendell said, "loses his impartiality when he talks about the Clintons." Brokaw responded saying "I think Keith has gone too far. I think Chris has gone too far,"the veteran NBC newsman said at a forum sponsored by Harvard's Shorenstein press center. Matthews and Keith Olbermann are "not the only voices" on MSNBC.
What the hell? Gone too far? I haven't gone far enough! And someone (namely me) needs to remind the old man that I am MSNBC. I own MSNBC. And half of NBC and he better never, ever forget it. Maybe he should talk to Dan Abrams and Tucker Carlson. Hee hee.
And this putz at Politico? He doesn't like me to begin with so therefore any reports he makes, even if he's quoting other people do not count. But at least he reported the vigorous defense of me by Judy Woodruff. Sure she's an old broad but she knows greatness when she sees it. When Ed Rendell said what he did about MSNBC she replied with this: PBS's Judy Woodruff, who was moderating the moderators event, said:
"Why don’t we let Governor Rendell sit down."They are all my bitches too. And why? Because I'm a big damn deal and they know it. And that's exactly how it should be.
That was met with applause from the crowd of big-time media figures, which included Arianna Huffington, Gwen Ifill, Al Hunt, and Chuck Todd.