May 05, 2007

How preposterously pathetic can the MSM get?

Tennessee Senator Fred Thompson must really scare the left-leaning mainstream media. At least the pathetic Los Angeles Times. Check out how they characterize Thompson's ... "chances" with this little tidbit from his past:

So can "Law & Order" actor and former Sen. Fred Thompson (R-Tenn.) become the first presidential candidate with this credit? Thompson played a white supremacist, spewing anti-Semitic comments and fondling an autographed copy of "Mein Kampf" on a television drama 19 years ago.

His colleagues say that he was just an actor putting everything he had into playing the role of a charismatic racist, named Knox Pooley, in three episodes of CBS' hit show "Wiseguy" in 1988. "Do you call Tom Cruise a killer because he played one in a movie?" asked show creator and writer Stephen J. Cannell.

"His colleagues say ..."?? Gee, y'think? After all, that's what actors do. Notice, too, how the Times notes the "putting everything he had" line in there, as if to emphasize that perhaps somehow Thompson really feels that way. Y'know, now that I think about it, Anthony Hopkins "put everything he had" into that Hannibal Lecter role. Maybe, just maybe, he really harbors cannibalistic tendencies!

Maybe now, on the basis of fairness, the Times will wonder if Al Franken's role as a drunken baggage handler in "Trading Places" -- a role he "put everything he had" into -- might somehow come into play in his upcoming US Senate run.

Posted by Hube at May 5, 2007 10:12 AM | TrackBack

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Actually, reading the whole story, the inspiration for this piece appears to have been conservative commentators bringing up his acting clips in a "will they use this against him" sort of discussion.

Posted by: dan at May 5, 2007 11:11 AM

Check that... I see Patterico's response... and the reference is iffy at best!

Posted by: dan at May 5, 2007 11:14 AM

Heh heh heh, from Red October: "Son, your average Russkie don't take a dump without a plan."

Damn, he's already smarter than Madeline Albright on foreign policy.

Posted by: G Rex at May 7, 2007 03:40 PM

Excellent criticism, Hube. You caught the LA Times red handed on that one.

Posted by: Dana Garrett at May 9, 2007 12:25 AM