MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” host remarked on Thursday’s show how the media distinguishes liberal demonstrators from conservative ones, noting that liberal groups are often characterized as heroic, conservatives as “angry mobs.”
Liberal political commentator James Carville refused to acknowledge co-host Joe Scarborough’s observation that the country was becoming more pro-life. Instead, he changed the subject to Texas Senator Wendy Davis’ 11-hour filibuster that helped to defeat that state’s abortion restriction bill, according to Mediaite.
Washington Post blogger and MSNBC contributor Jonathan Capehart picked up on this. He noted that although the filibuster made her a hero to the left, “The reason why the measure didn’t pass the first time, was because of all the cheering in the gallery,” making the pro-choice demonstrators the true heroes. Capehart referred to it as “democracy in action.”
That gave Scarborough an idea.
“I wonder what everybody would be saying on this network and others if those were all pro-life people running up the hill, following Michele Bachmann or — I’m just curious,” Scarborough wondered. “Would that be democracy in action or would it be an angry mob?”
The answer was obvious.
“I think it would be called an angry mob,” he decided. “When it’s conservatives doing this, they’re an angry, unruly mob, and when it’s liberals doing it, it’s democracy in action.”
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