Just when you think MSNBC can't sink any lower in its criticism of conservatives and traditional American institutions, their talking heads manage to surprise us.
Latest example: Chris Matthews's comments about President Obama's Afghanistan speech. He noted that Mr. Obama delivered his remarks from West Point, a location Matthews described as an "enemy camp," a place that "Paul Wolfowitz would be more comfortable." (H/T: Kathryn Jean Lopez at The Corner).
While it's easy to dismiss Chris Matthews as an imbecile and a fool, it's also clear that he's merely trumpeting the network's party line. Not to be outdone, Matthews' fellow MSNBC anchor, the noxious Keith Olbermann, recently encouraged Mr. Obama to "declare victory" and get out of Afghanistan now. He also likened Pentagon leaders to a bunch of "perpetually 12-year-old boys who want to stay up all night.'' Stay classy, Keith.
Not that we'd expect anything less from MSNBC, the network that gives left-wing kooks a bad name. But, if it's any consolation, Olbermann's ratings for October were 63% lower than a year earlier. No matter how you spin it, that's a major audience erosion and enough to make the suits worried, although Olbermman remains MSNBC's highest-rated personality.
Making matters worse, ratings for Fox News Channel have soared over the past year; Glenn Beck is dominating the competition at 5 pm, garnering a prime time-sized audience in his early evening time slot. Ratings for other Fox programs have also soared; Bill O'Reilly crushes Olbermann in both total audience and the 18-25 demographic. In fact, Olbermann's program attracts about the same number of viewers as "Happening Now," a Fox newscast that airs between 11 am and 1 pm, EST.
We wonder if Keith's new bosses at Comcast (now in the process of buying NBC) will be as tolerant of his rants--or his ratings. Ditto for Mr. Matthews.