Far-left MSNBC anchor Chris Hayes on Monday night jokingly compared conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh to a repressive, brutal dictator. The host reported that Jennifer Lopez had preformed for Turkmenistan President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedow. He then sneeringly compared, "Beyonce did sing at a new year's eve bash entertaining the family of Moammar Gadhafi and Elton John performed at fourth wedding of Rush Limbaugh."
Over the years, MSNBC has shown quite the obsession with smearing Limbaugh. In 2012, a guest on the network snarled that the conservative is like the "serial murderer " with "bodies in the trunk." In January of 2011, MSNBC's David Corn insisted that Limbaugh is "calling for John Wilkes Booth " in the wake of the Newtown massacre.
A transcript of Hayes's July 1 segment is below:
CHRIS HAYES: And the third awesomest thing on the internet today, a reminder no matter how great your weekend was, it was nowhere near as amazing as Jennifer Lopez's. The singer took her act on the road performing all over big hits. There were backup dancers and costume changes on the stage and, oh yeah, an authoritarian leader in the audience. Lopez traveled all the way to the country of Turkmenistan to sing happy birthday to its President, Gurbanguly Berdimukhamedov. The guy likes Jennifer Lopez and happens to presideover the most oppressive governments in the world. J-lo's publicist says the event was hosted by a firm called the China National Petroleum Corp and was vetted by Lopez's representatives. "Had there been knowledge of human rights issues of any kind, Jennifer would not have attended." If only there's some device you can type in a guy's name and find out all the terrible things he's responsible for.
However, all is not lost. As one Twitter user put it, "on the bright side, Gigli's no longer the worst thing she's done." Now, of course, this isn’t the first time a celebrity has performed for an egomaniacal tyrant who uses fear and paranoia to keep followers in line. Beyonce did sing at a New Year's eve bash entertaining the family of Moammar Gadhafi and Elton John performed at fourth wedding of Rush Limbaugh.
-- Scott Whitlock is the senior news analyst for the Media Research Center. Click here  to follow him on Twitter.