I realize I have to admit I flipped on daytime cable in order to bring you this nugget, but if I tell you I was looking for news on the Stevens crash, I suspect you’ll forgive me.
Anyway, MSNBC is switching between coverage of the plane crash in Alaska and the jobs bill that just passed the House:
House Democrats on Tuesday pushed through a $26 billion jobs bill to protect 300,000 teachers and other nonfederal government workers from election-year layoffs.
The bill would be paid for mainly by closing a tax loophole used by multinational corporations and reducing food stamp benefits for the poor. It passed mainly along party lines by a vote of 247-161.
(Note the use of the phrase ‘election-year layoffs.’ Was ‘layoffs’ insufficient? Did we really have to inject the assumption of political posturing into the lede?)
But back to my initial frustration. Several times now, MSNBC anchors and reporters have asked whether Rep. Charlie Rangel’s comments on the floor will take away from coverage of the jobs bill. I don’t know, MSNBC reporters and anchors, will it? How about this: Not if you don’t let it.
To be clear, the exact issue they’re raising is whether or not Rangel’s comments will be a distraction while they are actively making it a distraction.
This is why I should not be allowed to watch this crap. It just makes me angry.
cross-posted on Americablog