When I worked at CNN, Edward R. Murrow was long dead. But the ethos forged by the CBS broadcaster’s legacy was alive and well. No self-professed TV journalist would dare not [at least pretend to] be objective. Every “news package” contained a balance of views—no matter how token the opposition. MSNBC couldn’t be any further from this “fairness” philosophy if it was a kangaroo court. Which it is, in a way. In the video above, Joy Ann Reid makes a comment about the “Neo-Confederate thread that runs through the pro-gun movement and the NRA.” That pissed off a lot of people. But host Alex Wagner’s throwaway line about the NRA being the real guys in the black helicopters is the bad craziness here. Up is down, good is bad and the people defending against tyranny are the tyrants. Even in his worst cocaine-fueled frenzies Ted Turner knew the difference between news and opinion. The spawn of NBC blurs the line (so to speak) without even trying to draw it. How the mighty have fallen . . .