Yep, MSNBC’s Larry O’Donnell had another unhinged cable TV moment today. He’s been screaming on the airwaves for years. Joe Scarborough called the latest outburst on his show “psycho talk.”
Been there, done that. Again and again and again.
And this via Allahpundit circa 2007?
First he identifies Cho’s weapons as automatic, i.e., capable of firing repeatedly so long as the trigger is held down. Wrong: both were semi-automatics, requiring a fresh trigger pull for each shot. Then he repeats the media canard about the purported ban on “high-capacity magazines” that expired when the assault-weapons ban lapsed three years ago. Wrong again: as Bob Owens explains, the AWB merely banned the manufacture of those magazines. Sale, purchase, and ownership of inventory that was already on the market all remained perfectly legal. (According to Wikipedia, Dylan Klebold used three high-capacity magazines during the Columbine massacre, which occurred while the AWB was in effect.) In fact, irrespective of what type of weapon was used, O’Donnell’s simply wrong when he describes Cho as “spraying bullets”: survivors say he was methodical, returning to some classrooms after he had left to work his way through the aisles and pump bullets into the wounded at close range.
So misinformed is he that I’m tempted to assume it’s willful. But I’m sure it isn’t — if the left’s leadership on gun control doesn’t know what it’s talking about, why should a B-list pundit like Scary Larry? Besides, he may be an ignoramus but he emotes wonderfully. Not since his infamous appearance on Dennis Miller’s old show with the late, great Cathy Seipp have neck veins throbbed quite so righteously.
And who can forget the infamous neck-vein-popping moment on the Dennis Miller show when O’Donnell — nicknamed “Larry O’Scary” by the late, great blogger Cathy Seipp — lost it over public school teachers?
Seipp wrote at the time:
If someone can get me an image of “West Wing” producer Laurence O’Donnell’s forehead veins popping as he screams at me on Dennis Miller this evening, I’d love to use it as an illustration tomorrow. I’d heard something about his reputation as a Boston Brahmin/faux populist asshole, but really, what an amazing meltdown this was, brought on by bascially nothing. I mean, I’m not exactly Swift Boat veteran John O’Neill, whom O’Donnell famously called “a filthy liar!!” on Scarborough Country before the election.
I’m curious to see how it looks on TV. Sitting there on the Varsity, what I noticed was that O’Donnell actually puffed out his chest, stuck out his manly jaw and sat up extremely straight as he started yelling—I suppose so I could get the full effect of just how much taller he is than me. And how about that “I’m a Lumberjack, and I’m OK” outfit he had on? Maybe O’Donnell was on edge from Dennis looking at him just before the cameras rolled and remarking: “What, are you dating Rock Hudson now?”
The man is still in need of intensive psycho-therapy. TV exposure is not helping.
Another O’Donnell rant…with Peter Schiff: