On Sunday's Meet the Press, Republican strategist Mike Murphy and liberal news anchor Rachel Maddow clashed twice. The first skirmish broke out when Murphy took a broad swing at both MSNBC, Maddow's network, and Fox News. (Start the video above at 2:25):
Murphy: "There is a kind of freak show business now... We have one-party cable networks now, one of each, and what that does is dumbs down the debate."
Maddow, visibly irked by the idea that she works for a one-party network, jabbed back:
Maddow: Wait...Joe Scarborough [a conservative MSNBC news anchor], which network is he on? Which one-party network?
Murphy: He's on your liberal network.
Maddow: How is that a one-party network?
Murphy: I would take your prime time and Fox prime time and say it is... the same dance toward the dumbing of debate.
Then, after a brief retreat to their corners they resumed their fight over Sarah Palin's new book. Maddow criticized Palin for teaming up with a writer who had ties with an alleged "white supremacist." Murphy interjected:
Murphy: Sarah Palin's a lot of things, but she's not a white supremacist.
Maddow: I don't think she is. But when you can pick anybody, why would she pick somebody who's associated with the League of the South?
Murphy: That's sort of guilt by association stuff... it is so...not important to the central questions in the country right now. But that's what cable TV has become.
Maddow: It's guilt by choice. It's guilt by choice.