According to MSNBC’s Martin Bashir, Rick Santorum believes in a theocracy …and is also comparable to Stalin. Try not to spend too much time figuring out how someone can be both a theocrat and like Stalin, when Stalin didn’t use religion. In fact, Stalin hated religion, and was about eliminating religion from society throughout his movement.
Apparently when Martin Bashir last saw GOP presidential candidate Rick Santorum speaking in from of a crowd, “all we could think of was George Orwell’s novel 1984 about a society dominated by the totalitarianism.”
This is the moment when an honest journalist, news anchor, …human, would play a clip of Rick Santorum sounding like a “totalitarian” to make their point. Martin Bashir, being an MSNBC anchor, doesn’t need to follow these guidelines. Instead, Bashir simply plays a clip of 1984 over one line in a speech Santorum gave where he says something along the lines of “you are the loud voices of the Republican Party and the conservative movement,” to scare his audience.
Bashir continues to make accusations about Rick Santorum’s stance on important issues by saying he has “asserted the right to privacy does not exist, and has equated same sex marriages with bestiality.” Bashir even said that Santorum “regularly sounds like a theocrat.”
Again, with no audio or video to back up his claims, Stu says, “We should point out here that he doesn't take the time to quote Rick Santorum on any of the points that he's bashing him. He just summarizes the argument in a way that's absolutely Rick ridiculous, and plays a clip from a movie.”
After debating over whether it’s lazy to use Martin Bashir of MSNBC, who get’s it’s talking points from Media Matters, to make a point, or like Glenn proposed, “takes talent to make the case that he’s relevant.” Pat notes that they “are intruding on Martin Bashir's privacy. He does his show in total privacy.”
After a few more ridiculous claims, Stu again notices that “He can find clips of the movie. He couldn't find any clips of Rick Santorum saying of these things.”
Glenn, who points out that Bashir “only has the world resources of NBC News,” compares this to what’s going on in our education system, saying “this is what they teach in schools. They don't go back to the original source. They go to somebody that read the book, and commented on it. When somebody read the book they said this.”
But it gets worse. Bashir goes on to say, “If you listen to Rick Santorum he sounds more like Stalin than Pope the innocent,” causing Stu to ask the question of the day, “how can you be a theocrat and Stalin?”