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Did you catch the latest liberal snafu? This time the award for
“Liberal Bonehead of the Month” goes to
CBS’ Bryant Gumbel.
wire reports on Friday, Gumbel, who had just finished interviewing the Family Research Council’s Robert Knight on Thursday, thought the cameras and sound were off of him when he called his guest a “f**ing idiot.”
They weren’t — at least not completely. The on-air camera swung back to Gumbel after cutting briefly to a weather segment during the morning show — just in time to catch him making his remark.
Who’s the idiot, Gumbel?
Let me answer that question for you: it ain’t Mr. Knight.
Naturally, the Family Research Council is planning to lodge a complaint — or a series of complaints — with the Federal Communications Commission. The FCC has been both
unfair to religious-based family groups in the recent past, so there’s no telling what will come of the complaints.
What should happen — immediately — is that
CBS fire Gumbel before the next sun sets or the next morning show rises.
Gumbel is supposed to be a professional broadcast journalist and his morning-show news-and-interview segment is supposed to be an unbiased presentation of issues. Consider how likely it is that Gumbel would have uttered such an expletive to describe someone from the NAACP. I hope his son and daughter weren’t watching.
Obviously, though, his show isn’t “unbiased” — not that most of us ever thought it really was. But it’s supposed to be, and that’s the point. Period.
Gumbel, who actually does have loads of news and reporting experience, knows what is expected of him as a journalist and newsman; so, it’s not a case of some “empty-headed morning-show guy” making a foolish mistake. What he said, he said on purpose and with conviction.
And at the wrong time.
What’s more, his little outburst typifies the kind of people who comprise the little elite media clubs in this country — overtly liberal and blatantly hypocritical.
For example, the Family Research Council, in particular, has consistently, throughout its existence, talked about the merits of unity, compassion and tolerance among the varied ethnic backgrounds in America. More importantly, it’s leaders and members act on those proclamations.
Liberals, however — and especially hubristic liberal elitists like Gumbel — merely talk the talk but are often unable to walk the walk.
If it’s not someone like Gumbel, it is some attack dog loser like James Carville — who once intimated that Paula Jones was nothing more than trailer trash because of her claims of sexual harassment against President Clinton. Hypocritically, Carville quipped clever about “dragging a $100 bill through a trailer park and never knowing what you’ll come up with.”
Yet his lord and master, Clinton, thought nothing of taking millions of dollars illegally from foreign donors for both his campaigns. Vice President Al Gore, it is becoming more apparent, was no different.
Perhaps the Chinese and Indonesians are now saying, cleverly, “Drag $100 million through Washington, D.C. ,and you know exactly what you’ll come up with.”
Carville. Both Clintons. Gore. Reno. Web Hubbell. Maria Hsia. Hazel O’Leary. Craig Livingstone. Anthony Marceca. Joe Lockhart. Bill Richardson. Others.
And, of course, media elites like Gumbel who have spent the past decade defending these criminals and hypocrites.
What is more interesting is how this will play with “regular” liberals — Americans who classify themselves as politically liberal but who have continually been embarrassed and shamed by the “New Democratic liberals” endemic to this administration.
Conspirators, co-conspirators and administration defenders alike — all within the top echelons of liberal aristocracy — have defamed themselves and their supporters routinely for nearly eight years. Gumbel’s gaffe, as it will come to be known, may be more than the average liberal can bear.
Let’s hope so. Because, at its core, liberalism in this country represents what Gumbel, Gore, Clinton and Carville are: vacuous, deceptive, sanctimonious and indignant personas with no sense of the fairness, equality and “justice for all” mantras they so readily regurgitate to anyone who will listen.
The inventors of the phrase “mean-spirited” should follow their own earlier admonitions of others — including the Family Research Council — and direct them now to Gumbel. I suspect, however, that, at a minimum, Americans instead will be treated at least to muted defenses of the Moronic Gumbel and his Amazing Morning-Show Gaffe. My guess is CBS will be the first to downplay the event, though the FCC can remedy the network’s reluctance to punish their offensive offender. So can you;
write CBS and tell them what you think about Gumbel’s
Arrogance and hypocrisy to the end. That’s modern-day liberalism for you.