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12/31/2012

Video: My least favorite cable news segment of 2012

by Jeremy Hooper

The February 2012 segment begins with the lie that President Obama and Governor Christie had the same position on marriage equality, even though the former always opposed putting civil rights before a majority vote, always opposed DOMA, always opposed state marriage bans, applauded governors who signed marriage bills into law, and generally stood in contrast of any number of discriminatory things that Christie's preferred candidates openly support. From there, the governor begins that whole "tough talk" act that other call "frank and refreshing" but that many of us recognize as insecurity (at best) and bullying (at worst). And then the whole thing turns really gross when Governor Christie steamrolls over Jonathan Capehart, a gay man who is tangibly hurt by the Garden State executive's actions and rhetoric, and tells him that he "is not going to be cross examined," even though cross-examination is *EXACTLY* what a commentator like Capehart should be doing on a show like "Morning Joe."

Smug laughs abound. Others remain silent. Harold Ford gives passes and pretty much apologizes for challenging the governor the little that he does. Then Scarborough makes a ludicrous and downright offensive "point" that attempts to compare suffering between minority groups, before responding to Capehart's passionate closing point with a glib question about his favorite Spinnners song.

Ten months later, the thing still make me scream:


(last part of clip can be viewed here)

His candidate lost, we re-elected a President who is now firmly on record as a supporter, and marriage equality keeps winning across the board. Sure, the wrong side of history can hold its own under favorable punditry conditions. Fortunately for us, life happens outside of the studio.

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