Less than one day after hosts Ed Schultz and Cenk Uygur went apoplectic (see clips attached below) because Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan compared the action on the streets to what happened in Cairo, their own network is hosting interviews with a Democrat Congressman making the same comparison and in greater detail.
Just before noon (EST) today, MSNBC host Chris Jansing spent considerable time with Rep. John Lewis (D-GA) talking about the amazing similarities between the protests on the streets of Madison, Wisconsin and the protests that recently toppled the government of Egypt. Just 1:32 into this segment, Congressman Lewis clearly states:
"There is an unbelievable parallel and a real connection that I can readily identify with the people in the streets of Cairo and Madison, Wisconsin."
Additionally, Allan Lichtman (the other guest in the lower right hand box) joined in the discussion, tying Wisconsin to Egypt by saying both were about the unfair distribution of wealth.
There is is, MSNBC connecting the dots between Wisconsin and Egypt. So why why why do some of the channel's other hosts think that comparison is a horrific insult to the people on the streets of Madison? Let's review. First Cenk piece weighs in:
It should be clarified that MSNBC did take some creative license when they pulled such a small portion of Congressman Ryan's appearance on Morning Joe, here is a more objective clip;
Ed Schultz was on the scene in Madison and also could not resist the opportunity to take a shot at Congressman Ryan, saying;
"For Paul Ryan to go on national television and make that comment and comparison between Cairo and Madison is an insult to these people and an insult to democracy."
The video of this rant is offered as irrefutable proof.
One wonders if Paul Ryan will be receiving at least two apologies today (Schultz and Uygur are you paying attention?) or if Congressman Lewis will be raked over the coals on tonight's program?