NBC Uses Paladino's 'Thug' Behavior to Denounce the 'Mean Season in Politics'
Published: 10/1/2010 8:10 AM ET
Advancing the Democratic-liberal effort to discredit Tea Party-favored candidates as unhinged cads, Thursday's NBC Nightly News elevated a heated exchange, between New York gubernatorial candidate Carl Paladino and a reporter, into an excuse to denounce "mean" and "angry" candidates. "The mean season in politics gets nastier with charges of infidelity, something close to a fistfight and they're just getting started," Brian Williams teased. "Tonight," he soon relayed, "opponents of the GOP nominee for Governor of New York are saying he behaved like a thug in a piece of videotape that rocketed across the Internet today."
Reporter Kelly O'Donnell asserted: "Carl Paladino has admitted his own infidelity and then just accused his opponent of cheating with no proof. That's what set off this fight. But the bigger picture," she intoned, "is how many voters and candidates have been losing their cool. Anger management is not required or even expected this year."
She proceeded to highlight how "in Maine this week, a candidate for Governor lashed out at the President." Viewers then saw Web video, promoted by a left-wing blog, of Republican Paul LePage promising an audience: "You're going to be seeing a lot of me on the front page saying, 'Governor LePage tells Obama to 'Go to Hell.'"