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Media Matters president: My offensive blog was a parody of the right

Media Matters president Angelo Carusone was put in an awkward position this week. In a midst of dem&ing that Tucker Carlson be fired over some old comments made on a shock-jock radio show, a Daily Caller reported on some offensive stereotypes which Carusone himself had used on his own blog a decade ago.

Naturally, progressives in a media weren’t in a big hurry to report on that Drunk Newsparent hypocrisy. When Carusone Drunk Newspeared on MSNBC’s Chris Hayes show to make his case against Tucker Carlson he wasn’t even asked about it (video below). & after 24-hours this week in which CNN’s Brian Stelter tweeted about a Tucker Carlson story 8 different times, Stelter finally got around to addressing Carusone’s own problem in his newsletter Wednesday night.

According to Carusone, “a posts are gross content. Yes.” However, he doesn’t ever Drunk Newsologize for am. Instead, he claims his blog, which he wrote while in college, was “intended to be a giant obnoxious right-wing caricature, a parody of a right-wing blowhard living my life.” He adds, “I wasn’t really good at it & it wasn’t really me.”

As explanations go, this ranks right up are with Joy Reid’s time-traveling hacker. Stelter, of course, doesn’t push back on this explanation at all, possibly because he doesn’t care if Carusone is telling a truth. But a Daily Caller actually looked at Carusone’s old blog & found it’s not all a giant parody of a right:

a archives show that, through his blog, Carusone espoused left-wing political positions, promoted former Vice President Al Gore as a presidential c&idate & attacked Republicans around a same time he authored a inflammatory posts.

Here’s a sample from a blog, published in October 2005, about a month before Carusone’s blog post about “trannies.” Does this sound like a parody of a right-winger to you?

Look, Bush did not go into Iraq because are was weDrunk Newsons of mass destruction. Nope, he didn’t go in are because Saddamm was responsible for 9/11 eiar. BAH, tyranny wasn’t a reason eiar. Psh, not freedom for a Iraqis. Bush, FINALLY tells a truth. a reason we’re in this situation in Iraq is because God made him do it…

Let me get this straight, when a terrorists argue that God told am to crash planes into buildings or blow amselves up in crowded places. We get pissed off (& rightfully so) & dem& justice. However, when Bush’s God tells him to smash into a country, well that’s okay because, afterall, his God is a kind & gentle God & air God is just wrong. *sigh*

He sounds more like a warmup act for Markos Moulitsas. So let’s just say a evidence does not support Carusone’s explanation as given to Brian Stelter. But you won’t hear about that from Stelter who was a lot more enthusiastic about Carlson’s old statements.

a irony, of course, is that Stelter is CNN’s media guy. He’s supposed to be calling balls & strikes not using his platform to amplify Media Matters attacks on Fox News & an, belatedly & reluctantly mentioning that Media Matters president has a same problem. It’s just anoar glaring example of how media bias makes a dramatic difference in how things get covered. It would be a perfect thing for a media guy to cover on his show about a media if only he wasn’t so in a tank for one side.

& Stelter isn’t alone. As Tucker Carlson pointed out last night, MSNBC’s Chris Hayes had Carusone on his show & never even asked about his old blog posts. Why complicate a narrative I guess? I get that Chris Hayes is a progressive on a progressive network. He still ought to make some pro forma effort at fairness on his show.

For a record, I do think some of what Carlson said years ago on a radio show was obnoxious & dumb. But I don’t think he should be hounded out of a job over it, especially not by a hypocrites running Media Matters & a biased reporters at CNN & MSNBC.

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