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04-08-2009, 09:42 AM
MSNBC’s error-laden attack on Gottlieb no substitute for journalism,video

Hosting an appearance by New York Times columnist Charles M. Blow, who had authored a piece headlined Pitchforks and Pistols that appeared in the newspaper April 3, and Alan Gottlieb, founder of the Second Amendment Foundation, Schuster immediately bared his rather partisan fangs and went for Gottlieb’s jugular.

Rather than allow Gottlieb time enough to breathe, much less explain his position or respond completely to a question, Schuster used the favored tactic of the demagogue: Interruption, sprinkled with obfuscation.
Some of the things Schuster demanded that Gottlieb explain were things that the gun rights leader had never said, nor advocated. Schuster tried to fluster Gottlieb first by challenging him to justify Fox talk jock Glenn Beck’s *alleged* remarks about so-called “FEMA concentration camps” (when, indeed, Beck’s program that very afternoon, broadcast at the same time as Hardball, was actually refuting internet reports of such FEMA camps), and by challenging Gottlieb’s statement that Barack Obama is widely seen as a divisive president.

As a prepared journalist, Schuster earns an “F.”
According to a just-published Pugh Research survey, Obama is rather polarizing. That’s not Gottlieb talking, but Schuster either did not like what he heard, or did not want his listeners to hear. Remember the adage about not killing the messenger?

For all of his hopes about bipartisanship, Barack Obama has the most polarized early job approval ratings of any president in the past four decades.
On the other hand, not once did Schuster rudely interrupt or try to talk over what Blow had to say about his column, in which he tried to both marginalize and demonize American gun owners over concerns that the Obama administration at some point plans to take measures against gun rights.

They’re apocalyptic. They feel isolated, angry, betrayed and besieged. And some of their 'leaders' seem to be trying to mold them into militias.

Schuster challenged Gottlieb to offer evidence that the Obama administration is anti-gun. Before he was allowed to answer, Schuster again interrupted him and essentially called him a prevaricator.