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December 30, 2013

Supercut of MSNBC's 2013 Lowlights

As former MSNBC host Martin Bashir introduces the clip, MSNBC is "a place where we try every day to elevate political discourse."

One clip came in too late (I imagine) to make the Washington Free Beacon's supercut -- Joy Reid playing the Pro Wrestling Heel, claiming, absurdly, that Biblical passages forbidding the making of wooden totems plated with gold (that is, idols of false gods) actually forbid the dressing of Christmas trees, a German/pagan practice unknown at the time the Bible was written.

The left has this idea -- which I am trying to get out of their heads, but it's in their pretty firmly -- that they are Smart and so they should Say Clever Things.

But they are not Smart, and when they attempt to Say Clever Things, it's idiotic ahistorical low-level-blogger nonsense like this.

This is similar to Martin Bashir's outrageous pronouncements about the foul mistreatment of slaves. They're all borrowing from Keith Olberman's idiot schtick of quickly skimming a Wikipedia entry on a historical event and then twisting it to somehow connect to current controversies.

They think this makes them Sound Smart. In fact it exposes them as ignorant buffoons. They simply do not know what the hell they're talking about, and by attempting to put on airs as learned scholars, they only expose themselves as ludicrous Bluffers.

Scalzi's Law and the Olberman Imitators of MSNBC: ZBBMcFate reminds us of author John Scalzi's Law of attempted cleverness:

The failure mode of "clever" is "asshole."

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