Saturday, February 13, 2010

Pop Quiz: Lawrence O'Donnell Is An Angry, Angry Man Edition

Which of the following is the most outright cringe-inducing interview/debate/panel discussion meltdown by writer, producer, actor, political analyst, and "practical European socialist" Lawrence O'Donnell?

A) Lawrence O'Donnell vs. Marc Thiessen (MSNBC):

B) Lawrence O'Donnell vs. John O'Neill (MSNBC) (video apparently no longer available; full transcript available here):
“It's one of the many lies that the book advances. To me the most interesting lie, John O'Neill, that I would submit to you that you should answer, is, you make a lying claim that John Kerry's antiwar activity prolonged the amount of time that prisoners of war were held in Vietnam. . . . That's a lie, John O'Neill! Keep lying, it's all you do! . . . Lies! . . . Which is not in John O'Neill's book, 'cause it's a lie! . . . That's a lie! It's another lie! That's a lie! Absolute lie! You lie in that book endlessly! . . . You lie about documents endlessly! . . . You're just lying about it! And you lied about Thurlow's Bronze Star! You lied about it as long as you could until the New York Times found the wording of what was on the citation that you as a lying writer refused to put in your pack of lies! . . . Disgusting, lying book! . . . You have no standards, John O'Neill, as an author, and you know it! It's a pack of lies! You are unfit to publish! . . . He just lied to you! He spews out this filth! Point to his name on the report, you liar! Point to his name, you liar! . . . You just spew lies! . . . I just hate the lies of John O'Neill. I hate lies. It's not an argument; they're proven lies. . . . O'Neill's a liar, he's been a liar for 35 years about this, and he's found other liars [unintelligible]. . . . They lied! . . . They're lying somewhere! . . . Lies! Just tell me the initials, you liar! Creepy liar! . . . You are a liar who makes things up! . . . You want the lies! That's how you make your living, on lies!”
C) Lawrence O'Donnell vs. Dick Cheney (MSNBC):

D) Lawrence O'Donnell vs. Mitt Romney and "demented" Mormonism (PBS, though it should have been MSNBC):

E) Lawrence O'Donnell vs. Peter Schiff (MSNBC):

(Hint: As John Hinderaker says, "The people who run MSNBC are incapable of shame.")