On New Year's Day, perhaps before he learned that his current employer's enterprise would be sold to Al Jazeera, Current TV's David Shuster took to the bandwidth of the Huffington Post to ask that former NBC/MSNBC colleague David Gregory apologize for his December 23 gun magazine-waving stunt on Meet the Press.
Get a load of the sense of self-importance Shuster gives the Sunday news show (bolds are mine):
It has been over six years since David Shuster consulted his inner Jason Leopold and boldly predicted that "I am convinced that Karl Rove will, in fact, be indicted." Apparently the bitterness of having to publicly eat crow has lingered to this day to the point that Shuster continues to be obsessed over the fact that the non-indictment of Rove turned him into a laughingstock condemned to the reportorial hell of the no-rated Current TV. Shuster's bile overflows in his Huffington Post Open Letter to Karl Rove slamming him for daring to call ObamaCare's Medicare scheme a cut:
Al Gore has had quite a varied career since coming within 537 pregnant chads of the presidency in 2000. He has sat on the board of directors of Apple, shilled carbon credit indulgences to guilty liberals, and starred in "An Inconvenient Truth" documentary. There is even a wild rumor that Gore has written movie reviews. However the latest news about Al Gore concerns his Current TV which is like a public access channel for has-been politicians. According to this story, Gore has consulted his inner chakra and has decided to become a convention reporter. This has resulted in some interesting media reactions to this news but the funniest is probably this wry observation from Jonah Goldberg of National Review who tweeted:
If Al Gore's career trajectory keeps up he'll be a blogger-intern at Media Matters by the end of the decade.
Anyone looking for how low this campaign rhetoric can go should just tune in to Current TV. Brian Maloney at Radio Equalizer found that on the Stephanie Miller radio show (or Talking Liberally on Current TV), former MSNBC host David Shuster suggested Mitt Romney is so "socially inept" that he probably has some form of autism or Asperger's syndrome.
Shuster also suggested that since Ann Romney's horse Rafalca performed so poorly in dressage at the London Olympics, Mitt Romney should say "I bought a hammer to hit Rafalca over the head for getting, you know, 30th place after we took a $77,000 dollar tax write-off." Video and transcript below.
David Shuster is predicting the imminent indictment of Karl Rove.
That was Shuster as an MSNBC host back in 2006. In his current incarnation on the no-rated Current TV he is predicting the possible indictment of Wisconsin governor Scott Walker. Despite making himself a laughingstock six years ago by projecting visions of Karl Rove being frogwalked across the White House lawn, Shuster now seems intent on delivering an encore performance.
Here is David Shuster himself breathlessly predicting the possible indictment of Karl Rove, uh, I mean Scott Walker:
According to government lawyers familiar with a Milwaukee criminal corruption probe, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker is now a "target" of the investigation.
The legal sources, who are not involved in Wisconsin's recall, spoke on condition of anonymity. They said Walker faces "serious legal challenges," including "a possible indictment," regardless of the election results on Tuesday.
And how many other journalists did these "legal sources" leak to? Apparently none since David Shuster is the only one reporting on Rove's, I mean Walker's, "possible indictment." So of all the people to leak this supposed inside info to, these "legal sources" somehow decided to give it to the person who ended up with egg on his face due to Karl Rove's non-indictment.
What is fascinating is that David Shuster delivered both predictions with identical expressions of smug certitude. First you can see the video below of Shuster at about the 2 minute mark delivering his prediction, conveniently timed for just before the recall election, of the possible indictment of Scott Walker:
Now compare the above video with the video below of Shuster six years ago predicting the indictment of Scott Walker, uh, I mean Karl Rove with the remarkably similar expressions of smugness:
Of course, no story about David Shuster's predictions is complete without his infamous money quote so here goes:
I am convinced that Karl Rove will, in fact, be indicted.
Oh, and David, did you use the same "anonymous sources" on your Scott Walker story as you did on the Karl Rove indictment story, namely those two "reliable journalists," William Rivers Pitt and Jason Leopold?