Facts matter, no matter how inconvenient they may be. The clowns at MSNBC have yet to learn that valuable lesson.
Last night on “All In,” host Chris Hayes marked the 50th anniversary of Alabama Governor George Wallace speaking out against racial integration. And in the video clip accompanying Hayes’ story, MSNBC was very careful to remind viewers that Wallace was a Republican:
Here’s the thing, though: despite the Left’s dishonest but cherished contention that the GOP is the party of racists, Wallace was a Democrat. MSNBC flunkies may like to believe that pushing a false narrative will make the ugly truth go away, but that’s not how it works. And Hayes was rightly called out for presiding over such an egregious lie:
@chrislhayes So do you really think George Wallace was a Republican, or are you trying to run from the sordid history of Democrat racism?
— Joel Pollak (@joelpollak) June 12, 2013
@chrislhayes George Wallace a Republican? nice try, but he was a Democrat. Try the truth next time.
— Sherry (@Shaerona) June 12, 2013
@chrislhayes Wallace was a #Democrat, not a Republican. Nice try in twisting the truth to meet liberal agenda though. pic.twitter.com/i9dCT5O5Zx
— TheLeftFails (@theleftfails) June 12, 2013
This afternoon, Hayes tweeted an apology:
This was a stupid, inexcusable, historically illiterate mistake.I should have caught it and apologize for failing to.http://t.co/xfnW1jmR1j
— Christopher Hayes (@chrislhayes) June 12, 2013
But what if he had caught it?
@chrislhayes – the real problem is if you knew that George Wallace was a #Democrat you wouldn't have run the story at all #bias #tcot #tlot
— Repunklican (@Repunklican) June 12, 2013
We wouldn’t be surprised. After all:
.@EdMorrissey @JohnEkdahl, @chrislhayes is too blinded by his far left ideology to be bothered by facts.
— chris fields (@ChrisFieldsMN) June 12, 2013
Or, as you call it: Tuesday. MT @ChrisLHayes This was a stupid, inexcusable, historically illiterate mistake. http://t.co/KGOtv5JuYh
— Jim Treacher (@jtLOL) June 12, 2013
Would've taken a minute to Google Wallace. But it fits @msnbc and @chrislhayes' narrative that "Republicans are evil."
— Matthew Hurtt (@matthewhurtt) June 12, 2013
Bingo. And MSNBC has little interest in allowing facts to get in the way of that narrative.
If there’s a silver lining for Chris, it’s that he doesn’t have to worry about being embarrassed in front of too many people:
If @chrislhayes makes "a stupid, inexcusable, historically illiterate mistake" does anyone see it? #no @msnbc http://t.co/sSTmyj8BKw
— BT (@massfubar) June 12, 2013
@chrislhayes Don't worry, nobody heard it. #MSNBCNielsen
— David Burge (@iowahawkblog) June 12, 2013
. @chrislhayes It's ok, more people saw you mocked for it on twitter than saw your show.
— #NeverTrump (@OrwellForks) June 12, 2013
@chrislhayes I'm sure no one saw it. You work for the worst news station in the free world
— Mark (@usernameMark_) June 12, 2013
But there can’t be a silver lining without a dark cloud, and many of those who did witness the jackassery weren’t interested in giving Hayes the benefit of the doubt:
@OrwellForce Hey @chrislhayes YOU DO KNOW it was REPUBLICANS in congress who finally passed the Civil Rights Act which Dems were against
— Weeki1 (@weeki1) June 12, 2013
Aww, @chrislhayes dont' u just hate it when the truth doesn't fit ur narrative? Wallace was a Dem. No matter,truth is relative at msnbc.
— GFQ (@GregorioFQ) June 12, 2013
shorter @chrislhayes : Chris: "I've got an idea, let's make George Wallace a Republican!" Staff: "But he wasn't" : Chris "Who cares!"
— Brad Cundiff (@bradcundiff) June 12, 2013
.@chrislhayes "mistake" my ass. You guys deliberately lied and and got called on it.
— MarkC (@mcasil2016) June 12, 2013
Hayes did earn praise from some people for apologizing:
@chrislhayes You manned up and apologized on Twitter — a very rare occurrence for either side. #kudos
— jon gabriel (@exjon) June 12, 2013
One thing I'll say for @chrislhayes; this is how you apologize. Take responsibility. No weasel words. http://t.co/P6IaS7ognL
— The H2 (@TheH2) June 12, 2013
But was it enough? Is he sorry for the lie, or sorry that he got caught? We’re not satisfied with his apology just yet:
@CatsPolitics I'll be impressed when he leads his show with this apology. @chrislhayes
— Megawatt Herb Drench (@mdrache) June 12, 2013
@chrislhayes You need to apologize on-air, Chris.
— M. E. Tobin (@TheRiler) June 12, 2013
He’s got a long way to go before we’re willing to consider taking his sincerity at face value.
@JohnEkdahl Did he ever apologize for lying about Breitbart during the Weiner scandal? (Hint: No. So eff him.) @EdMorrissey @chrislhayes
— RBe (@RBPundit) June 12, 2013
@jtLOL Glad @chrislhayes acknowledged a stupid, inexcusable, historically illiterate mistake of not calling our fallen soldiers heroes. No?
— Anthony Bialy (@AnthonyBialy) June 12, 2013
Hayes eventually apologized for that, too— after being called out for his callousness. Few people bought that apology, either.
In the meantime, we’re guessing this won’t be the last time MSNBC pulls such a stupid stunt. After all, lying is kinda their forté:
And maybe that’ll push Chris out of the spotlight for a bit:
@chrislhayes Don't worry, @BashirLive or @Lawrence will soon surpass this display of asshattery, and it will be quickly forgotten.
— Ross Pollack (@Ross_Pollack) June 12, 2013
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