On the August 17 edition of MSNBC's Imus in the Morning, executive producer Bernard McGuirk said that John Mark Karr, the man who reportedly admitted to killing 6-year-old beauty queen JonBenet Ramsey in 1996, "looks like Ned Lamont, actually." McGuirk then asked: "Is that who you want representing you, Connecticut?"
McGuirk's remarks were just the latest attack against Lamont, the Democratic nominee for a Connecticut Senate seat. As the weblog Think Progress noted, on the August 16 edition of Fox News Live, former Weekly Standard deputy publisher David Bass said that a woman who caused a plane to be diverted after suffering a panic attack was "probably not a terrorist; could just be a Ned Lamont supporter." As Media Matters for America has noted, since his victory in the primary on August 8, Lamont has been cast by members of the media as a part of the "Taliban wing" of the Democratic party, "anti-American," "defeatist" and the latest example of how Democrats have become "apologists for terrorists."
From the August 17 edition of MSNBC's Imus in the Morning:
McGUIRK: He was a nutjob obsessed with child slayings. He was supposedly researching a book on it, and he's clearly a pencil-necked pervert himself.
McGUIRK: But, again, until they have some DNA or some hard evidence, he could be just jerking everybody's chain here.
IMUS: Now, when we -- well, this footage that I'm looking at on MSNBC, was that from yesterday?
McGUIRK: He looks like Ned Lamont, actually. Is that who you want representing you, Connecticut?
From the August 16 edition of Fox News Live:
BASS: Unfortunately, it is the new normal. I mean, there's no more shouting, you know, fire in a theater. This is serious stuff. You know, you say the wrong thing, do the wrong thing, information is conveyed in a wrong manner, you can have a plane being shot down, so it's -- People are on edge. You can't really -- she's probably not Al Qaeda affiliated, probably not a terrorist; could just be a Ned Lamont supporter, we don't know. But it's --
BOB SELLERS (host): Had to go there, didn't you?
BASS: I did.