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Pinkerton accuses ‘MSNBC and the liberal media’ of committing ‘the real terrorism.’

By Matt Corley  

"Pinkerton accuses ‘MSNBC and the liberal media’ of committing ‘the real terrorism.’"

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On Fox News Watch this weekend, the right-leaning panel discussed the media’s coverage of the tumult over health care at congressional town halls. “You have some legitimate outrage, some people who want answers and some people who have been sent by the Dick Armeys and the Rick Scotts of the world,” said Manhattan Institute fellow Judy Miller. New America Foundation’s Jim Pinkerton complained that rowdy protesters have been called “political terrorists” by the Washington Post’s Stephen Pearlstein. He then accused “MSNBC and the liberal media” of committing “the real terrorism”:

LOWRY: There is scare tactics on both sides.

HALL: If someone hanged an effigy and — and a congressmen having to be escorted to his car, that is not civil discourse.

PINKERTON: Here’s scare tactics. Scare tactics is Rachel Maddow taking the first ten minutes of every show this week to denounce them and call them names and talk about Astroturf. By contrast, Senator Claire McCaskill, Democrat from Missouri, said in her Twitter account, listen, I think this is just real people. That’s the choice. The real terrorism going on is MSNBC and the liberal media.

HALL: Oh, that is so upside down.

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As American University’s Jane Hall noted, anti-health care reform protesters hung an effigy of Rep. Frank Kratovil (D-MD) outside his office last month.

Transcript:

JUDITH MILLER, WRITER FOX NEWS CONTRIBUTOR: You call dissent a mob when it acts like a mob. We saw clips where people were asking legitimate questions and really deserved legitimate answers, straight-forward answers, which they haven’t been getting from the Obama administration.

However, there have also been clips that I’ve seen on the air, we’ve all seen, of people shouting down congressmen who are supposedly trying to give them the information. I think what you have here is a hybrid. You have some legitimate outrage, some people who want answers and some people who have been sent by the Dick Armeys and the Rick Scotts of the world, whose company had to pay $1.7 billion in fines.

LOWRY: What does that have to do with protest at town hall meetings?

MILLER: No, because they’re shutting down the town hall meetings.

LOWRY: That’s the biggest Democratic talking point. You repeat that every time you mention Rick Scott. It has nothing to do with these ordinary people at these meetings.

(CROSSTALK)

JIM PINKERTON, FELLOW, NEW AMERICA FOUNDATION: Here’s the key to this thing…

SCOTT: In this civil forum, let’s let Jim in.

(LAUGHTER)

PINKERTON: I can help with a key distinction. If you’re Barack Obama, and you’re a community organizer, whatever you do is good, according to the mainstream media. If you’re a white middle-class American, who happens to be reading from the same Saul Alinsky, the patron saint of community organizer’s play book, then you’re, as Steve Pearlstein of the Washington Post put it, a, quote, political terrorist.

LOWRY: Anymore questions?

(LAUGHTER)

HALL: Let’s me be…

(LAUGHTER)

… and say both things are true. Because I think the Obama people need to do a better job of explaining health care. This whole idea of saying, tell us who is spreading lies, feels like 1984. And they are not helping themselves with that video, saying tell us who is spreading lies. They need to put their point of view across.

But I do think it’s legitimate to say, who is behind this. I mean, certainly we hear from people on FOX News, that George Soros is behind this.

LOWRY: That’s what I’m saying, Jane, you can’t manufacture anger. You can e-mail and call people…

HALL: You can scare people.

MILLER: You can scare people.

LOWRY: No, no, no. You can e-mail and call them to get out as much as you like. They would not show up if they weren’t legitimately angry.

HALL: That’s true but you can scare people to the point — I mean, I think there’s a difference between…

LOWRY: Who is scaring people about the drug companies and the insurance industry?

HALL: I mean, you have people shouting down U.S. congressmen.

LOWRY: There is scare tactics on both sides.

HALL: If someone hanged an effigy and — and a congressmen having to be escorted to his car, that is not civil discourse.

PINKERTON: Here’s scare tactics. Scare tactics is Rachel Maddow taking the first ten minutes of every show this week to denounce them and call them names and talk about Astroturf. By contrast, Senator Claire McCaskill, Democrat from Missouri, said in her Twitter account, listen, I think this is just real people. That’s the choice. The real terrorism going on is MSNBC and the liberal media.

HALL: Oh, that is so upside down.

PINKERTON: They’re playing liberal snob to white working-class Americans.

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