Mainstream Media Scream: MSNBC calls Rush Limbaugh a tyrant

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This week's Mainstream Media Scream features Chris Hayes, host of MSNBC's "All In" show, lumping Rush Limbaugh in with dictators feted by stars like Elton John.

On his show last week, Hayes reported that superstar singer-actress Jennifer Lopez had performed for the authoritarian and repressive Turkmenistan President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedow. He then sneered:

"As one Twitter user put it, on the bright side, Gigli's no longer the worst thing she's done. Now, of course, this isn't the first time a celebrity has performed for an egomaniacal tyrant who uses fear and paranoia to keep followers in line. Beyonce did sing at a New Year's eve bash to entertain the family of Moammar Gadhafi and Elton John performed at the fourth wedding of Rush Limbaugh."

Media Research Center Vice President of Research Brent Baker explains our pick: "So, when it comes to tyrants who use paranoia to 'keep followers in line,' Hayes' mind goes to impugning a popular conservative voice. Just the kind of cheap shot which must delight his liberal audience, but which likely turns off everyone else."

Rating: Four out of five screams.

Paul Bedard, The Washington Examiner's "Washington Secrets" columnist, can be contacted at pbedard@washingtonexaminer.com.