From Steve Kornacki’s MSNBC show, Up with Steve Kornacki. Guest Steve Clemons of the New America Foundation was critical of the Gaza onslaught for the killings of civilians, and former Congressman Barney Frank bridled, defending Israel. He then said the two others were ganging up on him. I’ve never seen Frank so on the defensive in his support for Israel. He accuses Clemons of being “anti-Israel” and is angry that Kornacki is taking “the other side.” Some excerpts:
“You talk about Israel saying, Let’s make the West Bank look good. To a great extent they’ve done that… Life in the West Bank has gone on much more normally….If you’re critical of what Israel is doing, what should they be doing?”
Clemons says that the “vast majority” of Israel’s 319 victims in this campaign are “innocent” and that such actions empower Hamas.
Do I get a chance to talk? The two of you are on one side. I understand that. Please [to Kornacki] don’t pretend to neutrality. Do I get a chance to talk?
Kornacki: “You tell me I’m ganging up on you and I’m not.”
“Yes you are. You clearly have the other side’s viewpoint… Can I have a breakdown of how much time I’m getting?”
Kornacki: “You’d get more if you didn’t accuse me of not being objective.”
“I’m sorry, I didn’t know the rules were that no one gets to criticize the host… He [Clemons] gives the anti-Israel position.”
Clemons: “I’m not anti-Israel. I’m pro-Israel.”
“Do I get a chance to talk here? This is ridiculous.”
Update: Post originally stated that clip is from Kornacki stand-in for Chris Matthew. Nope. Apologies.