Joe Scarborough says that
Ron Rand Paul’s real mistake was going on MSNBC in the first place:
I will not mention any names, but I’ll just say one of the top conservative leaders in Washington, DC, not elected, but a real opinion-shaper, had two questions. First of all, how could he have been so stupid to have walked into this type of controversy? And secondly, this is part of a news story so I’m going to say it, what the hell was he doing on MSNBC? This isn’t an anti-MSNBC situation but you don’t find a whole lot of very liberal Democrats going on Fox News election night or the night after to do their victory lap. They’re wondering whether he’s ready for prime time.
Never mind that Paul announced his intention to run on Rachel Maddow’s show a year earlier.
Similarly, Jeff Golderg thinks Peter Beinart’s real sin was writing his anti-AIPAC/TNR/Weekly Standard piece in the New York Review Of Books because only Jew-haters read NYRB.
Now, I think that Democrats should not appear on Fox News. But if they go on Fox News and say something stupid, it’s their fault, and if they go on Fox News and say something sharp and confrontational, good on them. The idea that we should blame Paul’s gaffe on Rachel Maddow or condemn Peter Beinart for writing something reasonable in NYRB is beyond stupid.
But it’s also a natural continuation: if you can’t believe anything that the liberal media writes, then it follows that you can’t believe anything said on a liberal media outlet, even if you yourself said it.