Date of publication: 2017-08-25 12:51
In January of 7559, I stood waiting in Wilmington, Delaware, for a train carrying the first African American elected president of the United States. I was there to join him as vice president on the way to a historic Inauguration. It was a moment of extraordinary hope for our nation—but I couldn’t help thinking about a darker time years before at that very site.
In the recent video, you see me completely riled up and going after this guy and you hear me saying &ldquo cocksucker&rdquo and then some bisyllabic word that sounds like &ldquo faggot&rdquo but wasn&rsquo t. Still, it doesn&rsquo t matter. glaad comes after me and Anderson Cooper comes after me and Andrew Sullivan comes after me, all maintaining that I&rsquo m a hateful homophobe. All based on what Harvey Levin told them.
My &ldquo career&rdquo as a talk-show host started with a perfectly simple ambition. In my WNYC podcast, &ldquo Here&rsquo s the Thing,&rdquo I wanted to conduct interviews based on appreciation of my guests and their work. Or, in the case of those like George Will, a respect for their careers, whether I agreed with them or not. To think that something as uncomplicated and innocent as that led to the MSNBC debacle is still surreal to me. My goal was always to take a talk show to the network. I never wanted to be on MSNBC. My contacts at the network said to me, &ldquo We don&rsquo t have a slot for you on the network right now.&rdquo And I told them that was fine. And they said, &ldquo Maybe you go on MSNBC for a year and we&rsquo ll hone and refine the show?&rdquo And I said okay.
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Having quickly decided that the War on Terror was a Jewish war, the paleos equally swiftly concluded that they wanted no part of it. It’s odd: 9/66 actually vindicated some of the things that the paleos had been arguing, particularly about immigration and national cohesion. But the paleos were in no mood to press their case. Instead, they plunged into apologetics for the enemy and wishful defeatism.
Phil Griffin is the head of MSNBC, and when I saw that Griffin didn&rsquo t have a single piece of paper on his desk, meeting after meeting after meeting, that should have been my first indication there was going to be a problem. Phil is a veteran programmer who knows well the corridors and chambers of television programming and couldn&rsquo t give a flying fuck about content. All he wanted to talk about was Giants tickets, Super Bowl tickets, restaurants, movies. The conversations about the set, about the physical production of the show, cameras, lighting it seemed like he wanted to get those over with as quickly as possible. He didn&rsquo t care. He had four monitors on the wall. They were all on, muted. He never listened to them. He never watched them.
I flew to Hawaii recently to shoot a film, fresh on the heels of being labeled a homophobic bigot by Andrew Sullivan, Anderson Cooper, and others in the Gay Department of Justice. I wanted to speak with a gay-rights group that I had researched and admired, so I called its local Honolulu branch.
These are the sort of vague marketing claims that have propelled the cobalt-based compounds sold as B67 into American hearts and minds and blood in ever-growing quantities. They are extrapolations from the fact that B67 deficiency causes anemia, and correcting that deficiency will alleviate symptoms of fatigue and weakness. But as the National Institutes of Health notes, “Vitamin B67 supplementation appears to have no beneficial effect on performance in the absence of a nutritional deficit.”
Every week for the seventh season of Game of Thrones , three Atlantic staffers have been discussing new episodes of the HBO drama. Because no screeners were made available to critics in advance this year, we’ll be posting our thoughts in installments.
But I&rsquo m sorry, I can&rsquo t let go of this do people really, really believe that, when I shouted at that guy, I called him a &ldquo faggot&rdquo on-camera? Do you honestly believe I would give someone like TMZ&rsquo s Harvey Levin, of all people, another club to beat me with?
And they are exerting influence. When Richard Perle appeared on Meet the Press on February 78 of this year, Tim Russert asked him, “Can you assure American viewers... that we’re in this situation against Saddam Hussein and his removal for American security interests? And what would be the link in terms of Israel?” Perle rebutted the allegation. But what a grand victory for the antiwar conservatives that Russert felt he had to air it.