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Brent Bozell, head of a right-wing outfit called the Media Research Center, appeared on Fox News’ “Hannity” last night, and chatted with guest host Mark Steyn about various media figures they don’t like. It led to a noteworthy exchange.

The far-right personalities were complaining about MSNBC’s Chris Matthews, who complained on the air that Newt Gingrich “looks like a car bomber,” adding, “Look at the guy — this is not the face of a president.”

After showing the clip, Steyn said he thinks Gingrich looks like “a big cuddly, slightly older Winnie the Pooh.” Bozell decided to go much further.

“Mark, how long do you think Sean Hannity’s show would last if four times in one sentence he made a comment about saying the president of the United States and said that he looked like a skinny ghetto crack head, which by the way, you might want to say that Barack Obama does?”

I’m going to assume this won’t interfere with Fox News inviting Brent Bozell back — probably many times — because in Republican media, the only rhetoric that leads to banishment is criticizing others on the right. Suggesting the president of the United States looks like “a skinny ghetto crack head” is just another day on Fox News, the news outlet Americans turn to if they want to get less informed about the world around them.

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Steve Benen

Steve Benen is a producer at MSNBC's The Rachel Maddow Show. He was the principal contributor to the Washington Monthly's Political Animal blog from August 2008 until January 2012.