Because she makes some really egregious mistakes over there at MSNBC (one of the White House Designated “Real” News Channels), so I want to know.
I mean, during the summer, Brewer did some primo race-baiting as she (and others at White-House-Approved-and Met-With) MSNBC went out of their way to hide the race of a videotaped, gun-carrying tea-partier (ahem, he was African American) in order to suggest that the rally attendees were all a bunch of ignorant white racists who were probably threatening the life of the Dear Leader, President Obama.
Today, she apparently did zero prep before interviewing the Rev. Jesse Jackson for a bit of class-warfare-instigation. After flipping her hair in umbrage on behalf of “the guys who make $10 an hour” (of whom she knows many, we’re sure) the too-pretty-for-honesty-or-prepwork Ms. Brewer (a “real” journalist on a White House Approved “Real” Channel, remember) sped-read her teleprompter and betrayed her staggering lack of preparation by introducing Rev. Jackson as “The Reverend Al Sharpton.”
One would assume that a real, professional bigtime journalist like Contessa Brewer would have talked with someone about her upcoming interview WITH REV. JESSE JACKSON, and maybe she might have prepared a few questions FOR REV. JESSE JACKSON, so she would actually know that she was about to speak with THE REV. JESSE JACKSON.
But no – in a clear indication that Brewer does little more than look pretty, read adequately and possesses working ears that can hear the questions being whispered to her by some less camera-worthy producer who probably got better grades but fewer dates than Brewer-her-better, Contessa Brewer (White House Certified Real Journalist) introduced REV. JESSE JACKSON as…Al Sharpton.
The look on Jackson’s face, as he hears Brewer introduce him as Al Sharpton and then continue to prattle away like a hopped-up magpie: it’s priceless. And it’s poignant, too.
Over at Gawker they correctly note: If Fox News did this, there would be sit-ins.
Yes, well, that’s because it would fit the “conservatives are all racist, sexist, homophobes” narrative.
That’s not a very long video, but the expression on Jackson’s face – it is a sort of American tragedy; it is at once a very dignified-but-scornful look that says, “tell me again you’re not a racist and that we don’t all look alike to you,” but it also conveys a sort of resigned awareness that,
a) this is his team, and if he wants his share of the spoils he must play along and
b) he knows damn well that he and Sharpton are little more than changeable tools being used by the Democrats and the
left Mainstream Official White House Media for the further establishment of narratives and the further promulgation of Official Propaganda.
Brewer’s excuse: “it was in my script!”
Yes, some lesser-paid-lackey’s head will roll for exposing as a knucklehead a woman whose job requires that she actually knows who she is going to be talking to within a five-minute segment and perhaps be nimble-enough of mind to manage a mental edit or two on the fly.
This reminds me of the time another Official Journalist, I think it was Diane Sawyer, made a fool of herself and later blamed her staff saying, “it was an informational problem…my staff…”
Hooey. All we get from the government is hooey, dutifully presented by head-patted, White-House-Approved hoo-ers. Which is why I stopped watching any televised news (unless it’s breaking) a long time ago.
UPDATE: Don’t miss Ace’s fisking of The White House Steno Pool
Also, Deacon Greg, who had a front-row seat at the implosion of the mainstream media gives his take
UPDATE II: The complete list of White House Pets