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MSNBC’s “legendary” Bill Barnicle cast stones at Speaker Paul Ryan

MSNBC’s “legendary” Bill Barnicle cast stones at Speaker Paul Ryan
February 05
17:54 2018

In case you are not familiar with the name, Bill Barnicle is a news columnist emeritus – that means he is a has been.  He is currently one of the regular pompous pontificators on MSNBC’s Morning Joe, where he is often referred to as “the legendary Bill Barnicle.

Reacting to House Speaker Paul Ryan’s approval for the release of THE MEMO – an intelligence committee staff summary alleging FBI political partisanship – Barnicle declared that Ryan and irreparably destroyed his reputation and damaged the institution of the House.  Barnicle has some experience with those concepts.

Aside from the obvious hyperbole and his allegiance to the MSNBC political narrative of the day, Barnicle’s comments scream hypocrisy.  What might be the surest way a columnist can destroy his own reputation and damage the institution of journalism?  It would be the professional corruption of … plagiarism and fake news.

In 1998, the sanctimonious Mr. Barnicle “resigned” (you know what that means) from the Boston Globe under the shadow of controversy for … you guessed it … plagiarism.  There was also a second instance of writing a human interest column in which the facts and subjects were not to be found.

Hmmm.  I wonder if the legendary Bill Barnicle mentored MSNBC’s Brian Williams, who has just recently been resurrected from temporary suspension for mixing fact and fantasy in his news reports.

Perhaps the legendary Bill Barnicle should pen a column on “living in a glass house” and “casting the first stone.”

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Larry Horist

Larry Horist

Larry Horist is a conservative activist with an extensive background in economics, public policy and politics. Clients of his consulting firm have included such conservative icons as Steve Forbes and Milton Friedman, as well as the White House. He has testified as an expert witness before legislative bodies, including the U. S. Congress, and lectured at major colleges and universities. An award-winning debater, his insightful and sometimes controversial commentaries appear frequently on the editorial pages of newspapers across the nation. He can be reached at lph@thomasandjoyce.com.

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