On MSNBC News Live, host Contessa Brewer admonished right-wing activist David Horowitz for calling Citizens for Legitimate Government founder Michael Rectenwald -- appearing opposite Horowitz -- a "communist," "pro-terrorist," and "a menace." Brewer said: "All right. OK, here's what we're not going to do, is to call guests names on the air."
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Appearing on the March 5 edition of MSNBC News Live to discuss the suspension of Colorado high school teacher Jay Bennish, who linked President Bush and Adolf Hitler during an in-class lecture, host Contessa Brewer admonished right-wing activist David Horowitz for calling Citizens for Legitimate Government founder Michael Rectenwald -- appearing opposite Horowitz -- a "communist," "pro-terrorist," and "a menace." Brewer said: "All right. OK, here's what we're not going to do, is to call guests names on the air."
From the March 5 editon of MSNBC News Live:
HOROWITZ: This teacher [Bennish], in this 20-minute rant, also said that the victims of 9-11 deserved their fate. He's much in sympathy -- first of all, let me point out I explicitly said it would be just as wrong to have right-wing views inflicted in this way on high school students as these extremist left-wing views. Rectenwald -- Rectenwald believes that there's been a coup d'etat in the United States, we live under a dictatorship. His website calls for armed revolution --
RECTENWALD: That's not true.
HOROWITZ: This is -- it absolutely does --
RECTENWALD: No, it is not.
HOROWITZ: -- just go up there --
RECTENWALD: It is not true. You know, if you read LegitGov.org you'll see that we --
HOROWITZ: I, look, I --
RECTENWALD: If you read what we say, we do not call for that --
HOROWITZ: You have no respect for any type of disagreement --
RECTENWALD: -- in fact, that's the thing we eliminate. We eliminate that possibility.
HOROWITZ: You have no respect for disagreement, like all totalitarians --
RECTENWALD: I'm sorry, you're the one that wants to get rid of difference --
BREWER: And just real quickly, Michael, I'll give you the last word on this teacher in Colorado.
RECTENWALD: Well, I mean, the teacher -- he's a young teacher, he needs more experience with bringing in various standpoints, but his standpoint is the most endangered one, and that's the one we need to protect --
HOROWITZ: This man is a communist. He is a pro-terrorist [sic], and he is a menace.
RECTENWALD: We need to protect unpopularity. That's what we need to protect in this country.
BREWER: All right. OK, here's what we're not going to do, is to call guests names on the air.
RECTENWALD: Thank you very much.
BREWER: That's not going to happen.
HOROWITZ: Yeah, all right, he called me a right-winger!
BREWER: David Horowitz, Michael Rectenwald --
RECTENWALD: Thank you very much.
BREWER: -- in a certainly lively discussion.
During the segment, Rectenwald never once called Horowitz a "right-winger."
Horowitz also appeared with Rectenwald on the March 2 edition of MSNBC's Scarborough Country, during which Horowitz claimed that "[t]here are 50,000 professors" who are "anti-American" and "identify with the terrorists," as Media Matters for America noted. Rectenwald called Horowitz a "right-wing professor" during that appearance, while Horowitz claimed that Rectenwald and Bennish "are anti-American, they're radicals, they identify with the terrorists, they think of them as freedom fighters."