Matt Welch on MSNBC

Exactly right:

MSNBC, on whose shows I have happily participated* (see update below), engages daily in the othering business, of making conservatism itself (and sometimes libertarianism, and other non-Progressive ideological strains) a disreputable condition, explicable in terms of pathology. That this is done in the name of tolerance and sensitivity to punitive stereotypes is one of the ironies of our age.

However ironic the behavior, it is understandable when one remembers that MSNBC is a shock-jock network whose aim is to outrage and offend in order to get publicity. The best way to curb the network’s bad behavior is to push back against it and to do so in earnest.