May 5, 2011

Rice makes sense, MSNBC's O'Donnell just makes an ass out of himself tonight

MSNBC's Lawrence O'Donnell invited former Bush Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice on to discuss binLaden's demise and then changed tacts to talk about Iraq.  He was combatative and argumentative.  Three times she nearly ended the interview. 

Condi did a good job schooling Lawrence on interview civility.  He's not the only one who needs that but I think he did a good job, despite his rudeness, of flushing out some candid comments from Rice.  I look at her and her views much differently than before.  Not much was new, but we got to understand her strong feelings and the Bush group-think of the time--in context with civil unrest in today's mideast.

As much of a fan as I am of MSNBC, I more subscribe to the Ted Koppel style of civil interviewing.  O'Donnell, Ed Schultz, Chris Mathews, Bill O'Reilly, Joe Scarborough, and Sean Hannity on MSNBC and Fox could learn that waterboarding guests isn't necessary.

I was most impressed when she drew a parallel to going into Libya to prevent mass murder with going into Iraq to prevent mass murder. For me, it was an 'ah-ha' moment of understanding the then with the now.

Here's the collision between two Type A personalities on MSNBC.  It's worth watching and revealing too on multiple levels. (endure the adv).   MSNBC obviously thinks the aggressive interviewing is an image they want...for they've been repeating the most contentious parts on all shows.

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