Headline from yesterday’s New York Times:
MSNBC Presses Obama on Campaign Promises
It gets better:
Ms. Maddow pretended to celebrate the passage of a health care overhaul bill in the House, calling it “potentially a huge generational win for the Democratic Party” — but then halted the triumphant music and called it an “electoral defeat.”
The Stupak amendment, she said, was “the biggest restriction on abortion rights in a generation.” Then she wondered aloud about the consequences for Democrats “if they don’t get women or anybody who’s pro-choice to ever vote for them again.” She returned to the subject the next four evenings in a row.
This is how it looks to have a television network pressuring President Obama from the left.
While much attention has been paid to the feud between the Fox News Channel and the White House, the Obama administration is now facing criticism of a different sort from Ms. Maddow, Keith Olbermann and other progressive hosts on MSNBC, who are using their nightly news-and-views-casts to measure what she calls “the distance between Obama’s rhetoric and his actions.”
While they may agree with much of what Mr. Obama says, they have pressed him to keep his campaign promises about health care, civil liberties and other issues.
Really? From the intro to Maddow’s program on Friday:
RACHEL MADDOW, HOST: And thank you at home for staying with us for the next hour.
Listen, we have been getting used to lots of news breaking on Fridays over the last few months. But even for a Friday, this was a doozy of a news day today. The alleged mastermind of 9/11 and four other suspects will finally be brought to justice in the United States. Could the legacy of the Bush-Cheney torture programs make it less likely that these suspects will be convicted? Senator Sheldon Whitehouse and Michael Isikoff will join us at the top.
And from Olbermann:
LAWRENCE O‘DONNELL, GUEST HOST (voice-over): Which of these stories will you be talking about tomorrow?
The masterminds of the most deadly and destructive attack on American soil will finally meet the full force of this country‘s justice system.
(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)
ERIC HOLDER, ATTORNEY GENERAL: These were extraordinary crimes, and so we will seek maximum penalties.
(END VIDEO CLIP)
O‘DONNELL: But for the GOP, the extraordinary crimes of 9/11 are cause for extraordinary fear, as the “party of no” turns into the “party of no confidence” in the Constitution.
Yeah, keep that “pressure” on Obama.