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Regarding my MSNBC discussion yesterday with Kristen Welker:

1) I didn't say that everyone at MSNBC constantly defends Obama. I am well aware -- as Kristen Welker so notably put it -- that "not everyone on MSNBC does that 24 hours a day." The indisputable point is that many, many people calling themselves journalists on MSNBC do exactly that.

2)  My main point was to note the stunning irony of being told on MSNBC -- of all places -- that a journalist "crosses the line" by expressing opinions and having political agendas. The last outlet that ought to be trumpeting that obsolete myth is MSNBC. This is, after all, a network that employs a veritable army of former Obama and DNC aides as hosts and "analysts," along with dozens of people whose entire worldview is shaped by devotion to the President and his Party's interests.

I'm not someone who believes that it's wrong for journalists to have opinions and agendas, but whatever else is true, a network that does this and this and this isn't exactly in a very good position to lecture journalists on the need to be opinion-free and without political agendas.

3)  It's particularly ironic to hear that (a) a journalist is doing something improper ("crossing the line") by defending his source, while (b) it's perfectly proper for journalists to devote their entire careers to defending and venerating the most powerful political official in the nation. Doesn't that reverse the formulation rather radically?
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"It's particularly ironic to hear that (a) a journ... by Amy Schreiner on Saturday, Dec 28, 2013 at 1:57:50 AM
Thank you for the quality of your reporting and de... by Ethan Allen on Saturday, Dec 28, 2013 at 3:53:05 AM
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Mr Greenwald, there are 8 points being asked of yo... by remo on Sunday, Dec 29, 2013 at 3:02:27 PM
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