It’s time to check in with MSNBC’s Alex Wagner. I’ve always found her to be quite the enigma, as I often wonder to myself how someone so adorable can be so completely misguided. I’m guessing it comes from upbringing, but I’m not here to psychoanalyze her. She can smile and giggle her way through every word she utters and every interview she conducts, but underneath the cute exterior, a lot of what she says is batsh*t crazy.
On Monday, President Obama issued his second statement on the shooting death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. While I wasn’t overly impressed with his remarks (nor would you probably expect me to be), I was at least somewhat relieved that he didn’t jump to conclusions about the motives of the officer involved, and instead declared, “I have to be careful about not pre-judging events.” Putting aside whether Obama has followed that rule in the past, I’m giving him the benefit of the doubt that perhaps he’s learning about what not to say when tragedies like this occur. He may not be that excellent when it comes to what he does say, but at least he’s displaying some level of restraint.
Apparently, that restraint was exactly what sent Alex Wagner into a nervous tizzy.
“He was much more reserved and very careful to be, I think, in some ways, protective of law enforcement in that press conference,” Alex told her panel. Wow, imagine that! Obama didn’t throw someone under the bus before all the facts have come out! How dare he?!?
“I just wonder if you think the president’s words today were adequate … and the fact that the majority of the comments were directed towards black men in the community and not at all towards the police department that some say have had an unfair, disproportionate, and in some ways, perhaps unconstitutional response to this crisis,” fretted Wagner.
But something amazing happened during the segment: Alex’s entire panel actually disagreed with her, and each of her three guests went on to explain what the president’s role is when it comes to ongoing investigations like this. “Because he’s the chief law enforcement officer of the United States, he cannot possibly get involved in any kind of specific way in this specific case where it looks like he’s putting his thumbs on the scale,” said Jonathan Capehart of The Washington Post. “It would be very detrimental to all of those people looking for justice in the killing of Michael Brown,” added The New York Times‘ Peter Baker. “Let’s not get bogged down in grand shows of “down with the people” talk that some people want the president to show.”
It was rather surreal to watch Wagner get schooled on her own show by a small group of reporters who clearly know more than her. But this is par for the course on Now With Alex Wagner. The hostess frequently gets worked up about issues of the day, spews some far-left talking points that she likely collects from Media Matters and The Daily Kos, and then ends up looking foolish when her own guests don’t bite.
“I just wonder whether there should have been stronger words directed to the law enforcement officers that killed Michael Brown,” asserted an agitated Alex, obviously pretending not to hear what her panelists had just explained to her.
But we shouldn’t be surprised that one of MSNBC’s darling hosts would have a hard time understanding an issue like impartiality. After all, she’s never practiced it before.
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