When you're a big government shill like MSNBC's Andrea Mitchell, you must do whatever it takes to protect one of your sacred cows from slaughter. Especially if said cow was warned about a mass shooter, but did squat about it (see
FBI Received a Credible Tip about Florida Shooter. Did Nothing.
). Rather than excoriate the FBI for their deadly blunder, Mitchell worried the blunder might further harm the FBI's reputation. This is real life.
Check it out:
MITCHELL: This is at a time where the FBI is very vulnerable because of the attacks from the White House and from the president himself. And it's completely unrelated to what they're doing on the Russia probe, but this could feed the public animus that has already been ginned up by critics of the Russia investigation, including the president.
HENRY: There's no doubt that this will bring critics out, and let me be very, very clear. What happened here is completely unacceptable... that doesn't take away from the tens of thousands of successes that the men and women of the FBI conduct every single day.
The FBI made its biggest mistake since using Hillary@gmail.com to send e-vites for
book signings. Okay, that didn't actually happen. At least I don't think. Point remains: to say the FBI fumbled the warnings for the Parkland shooter is unfair. A fumble implies they had the ball but lost it. Not so. A quarterback threw the ball to the FBI. The FBI was just too busy chatting up a cheerleader on the sidelines, paying no attention to the field's ongoings.
, who worships before the altar of big government, side-stepped the issue. Rather than dredging up the Russian probe, a better play would've included something like "The
is swimming in shit of its own making, am I right?"
Alas, for the left, what must be defended is the narrative. The narrative is government good, guns bad. The FBI screwing up a credible tip slays that narrative. So time to muddy the waters with cow patties.