FishbowlDC has learned that MSNBC is planning an apology to Rep. Marsha Blackburn during the 6 p.m. hour.
The reason? The Memphis Flyer explains:
Tennessee Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn got a dose of tough journalism tonight on Tucker Carlson’s MSNBC show. Substitute host David Shuster did the honors:
Shuster: “Let’s talk about the public trust. You represent, of course, a district in western Tennessee. What was the name of the last solider from your district who was killed in Iraq?”
Blackburn:”The name of the last soldier killed in Iraq uh — from my district I — I do not know his name …”
Shuster: “Okay, his name was Jeremy Bohannon. He was killed August the 9th, 2007. How come you didn’t know the name?”
Blackburn: “I – I, you know, I – I do not know why I did not know the name…”
Shuster: “But you weren’t appreciative enough to know the name of this young man. He was 18 years old who was killed, and yet you can say chapter and verse about what’s going on with The New York Times and Move On.org.” [snip] “Don’t you understand, the problems that a lot of people would have, that you’re so focused on an ad. When was the last time a New York Times ad ever killed somebody? I mean, here we have a war that took the life of an 18-year-old kid, Jeremy Bohannon, from your district, and you didn’t even know his name.”
What do you think? Did Shuster cross the line? Or simply do his job?
Maybe Blackburn forgot she wasn’t on Fox.