Glenn Greenwald ‘debates’ MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell

I don’t want to say too much about this; I’ll leave that to you, as you mutter your own reactions to yourself. But I think the following video is both instructive and a pointer to the future of MSNBC.

It features Glenn Greenwald and rising MSNBC star Lawrence O’Donnell on the Morning Joe program arguing: (1) What O’Donnell did or did not say about progressive losses on air on election night; (2) Whether Blue Dogs are necessary for a winning Dem coalition; and (3) What metric should be used to determine whether the country is left-leaning or right-ish.

There’s also the question of tone, which in this case is part of the content. Watch:

Instructive: The clip lays bare the bones of the debate we always have about whether Blue Dogs types are a necessity (O’Donnell) or a roadblock (Greenwald).

The future of MSNBC: If I were the devil whispering in Comcast Bushie Steve Burke‘s ear, my mutterings would include O’Donnell’s name.

Much to think about.

For a reference to what was actually said on election night, Greenwald has published excepts from the transcript at his Salon site. Greenwald’s original comments on election night coverage, to which O’Donnell refers, are here. It’s worth a click to read them.


Gaius Publius is a professional writer living on the West Coast of the United States.

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