We are proud to have previewed Marc Thiessen’s important new book Courting Disaster: How the CIA Kept America Safe and How Barack Obama Is Inviting the Next Attack. We posted Thiessen’s account of his book here. It’s an important book based on Thiessen’s access to classified information deriving from the CIA program of interrogating terrorists that President Obama terminated when he took office.
Today Thiessen appeared on MSNBC’s Morning Joe show with Joe Scarborough. MSNBC analyst Lawrence O’Donnell participated in the questioning of Thiessen before his belligerence caused Scarborough to cut him off, and then again toward the conclusion of Thiessen’s appearance. Given several minutes to frame a crushing question for Thiessen at the conclusion of the interview, this is what O’Donnell came up with:
“Marc, I’m wondering about your own personal experience with torture. I know you grew up in the richest zip code in America, in the Upper East Side. You went to the only boarding school in all of Connecticut that I know of that has its own golf course… And then you went to Vasser. And like all the torture-mongers in the Bush White House, the Cheney family included, you never served a day in the military. Never considered that. I’m wondering, with that background, what is it that gives you an expertise on torture? What makes you love it so much?”
In other words, O’Donnell had no argument other than a silly ad hominem attack against Thiessen. O’Donnell is a disgrace; that MSNBC gives O’Donnell a platform to spout his venom is a disgrace. Something is wrong with both of them. And they both owe Thiessen (and the Cheney family) apologies.
Via Hot Air/Ed Morrissey.
JOHN adds: I was on a cable news TV show opposite O’Donnell a few years ago. The man is an idiot. The people who run MSNBC are incapable of shame.