Mainstream Media Scream: MSNBC anchor calls Obamacare critic 'unpatriotic'

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This week’s Mainstream Media Scream features MSNBC morning anchor Thomas Roberts suggesting that Obamacare critics hate the the health system more than they love the United States. It came during a Tuesday interview with Rep. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn.

Roberts: “Let me ask you though, when it comes to Obamacare, do you hate Obamacare more than you love your country?”

Blackburn: “I’ve got to tell you something, I think that comments like that that you are making are just incredibly inappropriate. What we have to realize is that the CR —”

Roberts, interrupting: “You don’t think it’s incredibly inappropriate to shut down our government and take all the hostages of Americans that you’ve taken?”

Blackburn: “I said your comments. No.”

Roberts: “No, no, no, it’s not inappropriate because you took the government hostage through the shutdown and all the American people, you’re walking them to a cliff, the economy, and you’re going to push them over one by one based on the fact that you don’t like the ACA. That’s all it is. You don’t like the Affordable Care Act.”

Media Research Center Vice President of Research Brent Baker explains our pick: “And liberals on MSNBC accuse conservatives of McCarthyism? Roberts jumped from standard MSNBC mode as mouthpieces for President Obama, to doing the dirty work for left-wing operatives who want to smear Obamacare opponents as ‘unpatriotic.’ That’s less journalist than henchman.”

Rating: Five out of five screams.

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