‘Peak stupidity’: MSNBC guest says Paris slaughter is just like Falwell’s lawsuit against Hustler

Just when you thought the insanity that is MSNBC couldn’t be any worse, they pull another rabbit out of their hat.

Or as one Twitter post put it: Achieve “peak stupidity.”

During a segment on MSNBC’s “Now With Alex Wagner” guest Eric Bates (no not the same Eric Bates from the 1982 film “The Toy” but with as much sense) compared the vicious murders of 12 people at Charlie Hebdo in Paris by Muslim terrorists to a lawsuit filed by Jerry Falwell.

“This isn’t just Islamic extremism. If you go back to the 80s during the Reagan administration when Jerry Falwell sued Hustler magazine for portraying him having, I believe it was, drunken incest with his mother in an outhouse, again in a visual form, and won a $150,000 court case against Hustler for that that was overturned by the Supreme Court I think 8 – 0,” Bates, a former executive editor for Rolling Stone magazine, said.

“So, you know, religious fundamentalists of all stripes and of all nationalities have this penchant to say ‘We want to be able to tell you what you can and can’t portray.”

Yeah that’s exactly the same as murdering 12 people.

I believe the people at Charlie Hebdo would have much rather been sued for their cartoons, but I can’t ask them because they were slaughtered.

Not surprisingly the Twitterverse jumped all over Bates and MSNBC in the aftermath of this interview.

Carmine Sabia


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