Shuster ignores 'Aryan' insults in favor of Coburn's snowstorm wish

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This should come as no surprise considering the source, but MSNBC has once again ignored a wildly insulting Democratic temper tantrum in favor of portraying the Republican establishment as violent. MSNBC went wild Monday, a day after Rep. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) commented before the health care vote that Americans should pray one Democrat would be unable to “make the vote tonight” so the bill would not move to final passage.

Shaking his head, the news channel’s David Shuster said, “What on Earth was that senator thinking?”, and he and a female colleague went on to boldly assert as though it were undisputed fact that Coburn had surely asked the American public to pray for the death or incapacitating, sudden illness of a Democratic member of Congress. Well, obviously. What else could Coburn possibly have meant in the middle of the worst snow storm to hit the northeast since 1880, one that trapped numerous people in their homes for the entire weekend? 

That’s not all. Shuster and his colleagues made much this week of the vague Coburn comment even though, also on Sunday, freshman Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) went on a rant on the floor in which he equated Republicans with the Aryan Nation and said any of their anti-Obama sentiment equated racism. Yet Shuster failed to address the incendiary comments—even after his own colleague, anchor Mika Brzesinski, aired a clip of Whitehouse’s ravings on the cable channel’s “Morning Joe” show.   

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