It really takes an extra special effort to spin handing out emergency supplies and donating to the Red Cross into an attack, but MSNBC is of course up to the challenge. When Mitt Romney decided not to stump and instead turned it into a relief effort, MSNBC was so not down with the choice.
“I can’t take it. I can’t take it,” Glenn said. “If you don’t do what FEMA said, if you don’t do what the Red Cross said, forget about it. I have news for you. We’ve already loaded up trucks. Mercury One has trucks ready to go. As soon as the roads are clear ‑‑ and it may be going out today. As soon as the roads are clear, we have trucks that were already loaded. What are you talking to me about? And we’re doing it on our own. We don’t need the Red Cross and we don’t need FEMA. That is the way Americans have always done it. But look, if you don’t play a game exactly the way that you’re supposed to play in this big federal system, you’re crazy ‑‑ you’re crazy. You’re a dangerous ‑‑ you’re a dangerous individual.”
“I swear to you if MSNBC, if the ‑‑ if Jesus were running against Obama ‑‑ and I know that’s tough because then there would be two Messiahs running. But if Jesus were running against Obama, NBC’s report would be, ‘And in Columbus, Ohio today, Jesus of Galilee, while on the campaign trail, calmed a nasty weather system that was threatening the residents of the area. Even though the Red Cross has specifically never asked for the seas to be calm. All the Red Cross wants is cash donations. They don’t need people changing the weather patterns. After calming the weather in Columbus, Jesus was approached by a blind man and healed him. Is this just a coincidence that this all happened in Ohio? I don’t think so. Jesus is clearly politicizing the healthcare debate and taking a swipe at ObamaCare at the same time here. You’ll remember it wasn’t long ago that Jesus was kicked out of his own country for performing similar stunts. Plus many on the campaign trail are reminding us today that Jesus was actually born in Bethlehem. And as you know, that makes him not a natural born citizen and thus ineligible to be president. But there’s something else. Bethlehem is also located in Palestinian territory, and electing a man from that area would send a very clear message to our closest ally in the region, Israel, that they no longer have our support from this so‑called Jesus character.’”
Watch some of the manufactured outrage below. First, Andrea Mitchell:
She said, “And then you’ve got the image of Mitt Romney doing what they say is not a campaign event in the same space they were going to hold a campaign event. They say they are making collections for hurricane and storm relief. Chris Cillizza, first you. We checked with the Red Cross. The Red Cross said, well, they are always grateful for donations but this is not what they need or want. That they always tell people please donate money because we have packagers, wholesalers, they have their own distribution system and to now get these canned goods from the Romney event in Ohio and have to first package it. Used clothes they have to clean. They can’t go directly to victims. So what they need is donations of blood and donations of money. It does seem like a thinly veiled. Why Ohio? Why choose Ohio for storm relief?”
“Why in Ohio? Why not in Pennsylvania? Why not in New Jersey? Why in Ohio? Well, he happens to be in Ohio, A, he has the ‑‑ he has everything already set up in Ohio, B, and you can put it on a truck and ship it out. I mean, are you really kidding me?” Glenn said.
And then Martin Bashir: