Sunday, 13 May 2012

PLUMBING THE DEPTHS OF MSNBC: MICHELLE GOLDBERG DIVISION

Ken Berwitz

michelle goldberg is a writer for Newsweek, dailybeast.com, and is a guest on MSNBC shows. 

In other words, she is a hard leftist who rarely is put in a position of having to explain herself to anyone with a different point of view.

Today, goldberg decided to provide her special brand of commentary about presumptive Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney's wife, Ann.  What set goldberg off was Ms. Romney's piece, which appeared in USA Today earlier this week, in which she talked lovingly about her mother, about being a mother and grandmother, then finished with this passage:

Cherish your mothers. The ones who wiped your tears, who were at every ball game or ballet recital. The ones who believed in you, even when nobody else did, even when maybe you didn't believe in yourself.

Women wear many hats in their lives. Daughter, sister, student, breadwinner. But no matter where we are or what we're doing, one hat that moms never take off is the crown of motherhood.

There is no crown more glorious.

I may be wrong, but I suspect most people would find that a sweet, poignant sentiment which celebrates women in general and mothers in particular.

Not michelle goldberg.  Here is what she said about Ms. Romney, and her words about motherhood, on (equally left wing) Chris Hayes's MSNBC show this morning:

"It can't only be me that maybe initially saw Ann Romney as maybe a sympathetic or neutral figure but who is increasingly seeing her as someone who is kind of insufferable because of the way she's milking this thing."

"You know, yes, motherhood is beautiful.  I found that phrase 'the crown of motherhood' really kind of creepy, not just because of its, like, somewhat you know, I mean, its kind of usually really authoritarian societies that give out like The Cross of Motherhood, that give awards for big families. You know, Stalin did it, Hitler did it."

"the other part of it is that it plays into this where what we, y'know we have this kind of compact in the United States where what we deny women in social support or status or kind of economic security we make up for in sort of insipid, condescending praise"...

FYI, when goldberg tossed out the "insipid condescending praise" line, Hayes, and other guest, Eve Ensler (who wrote The Vagina Monologues) both giggled out loud.  Evidently, goldberg's words were clever and amusing to them.

In fairness to Hayes and Ensler, though, neither seemed to find goldberg's comparison of Ann Romney to stalin and hitler funny by itself.  In order to achieve funny, goldberg had to add insipid and condescending.  Then it was funny. 

Personally, I'm not quite as taken with michelle goldberg's analysis as Mr. Hayes and Ms. Ensler.  In fact, several words crossed my mind as I read it:  vile, moron, idiot, cretin and hater were among the more printable of them.

Can this pathetic person really equate Ann Romney's paean to women and motherhood with stalin and hitler?  Well, yes she can.  And does.  The fact that she is featured in Newsweek, dailybeast.com and  - especially - on MSNBC, should tell you just about everything you need to know about these three media venues.

I have no doubt that they all are just pleased as punch to have so illustrious an analyst as michelle goldberg.  How proud they must be of her thoughtful, intelligent commentary.

Now, what do they have in mind for an encore?  New Black panther party chairman, malik zulu shabazz commenting on last month's Passover services at the wailing wall?


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