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Joe Scarborough lashes out at ‘lying’ reporter who claimed he ‘partied’ with Trump on New Year’s Eve

Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough (MSNBC)

Mika  and Joe Scarborough (MSNBC)


MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough furiously denied that he and “Morning Joe” co-host Mika Brzezinski “partied” on New Year’s Eve with President-elect Donald Trump.

The New York Times reported Sunday that the pair had been “among the revelers” at Trump’s New Year celebration at Mar-A-Lago in West Palm Beach, Florida, and reporter Sopan Deb, who covered Trump’s campaign for CBS News, tweeted about their presence at the party.

Deb, who will soon join the Times as a culture reporter, pointed out on Twitter that then-candidate Trump had publicly thanked Scarborough and Brzezinki as “supporters” during a phone interview in February.

Scarborough strongly objected to Deb’s use of party as a verb, and claimed in a series of tweets that he and his co-host were at Trump’s New Year’s Eve bash for business — not pleasure.

The TV host claimed he and Brzezinski had a 7 p.m. appointment with Trump to set up an interview, which he said was no different than what reporters do at CBS News or the Times.

“The event was black tie. Both Mika and I were in casual clothes, did not attend the party, and left before any ‘partying’ began,” Scarborough tweeted. “Nothing that Mika and I did in setting up this meeting was any different than what all good reporters and news hosts try to do daily.”

“Anyone suggesting otherwise is a hypocrite who ignores what great journalists from Ben Bradlee to Tom Brokaw have done for years,” he added. “I hope we get the interview. Stop lying about us.”

He insisted that he and Brzezinski went through security and around the guest area, where they were briefly stopped by some of their show’s viewers, before walking to their meeting with Trump.

“That is not, by any reasonable definition, ‘attending’ the party,” he tweeted.

Maggie Haberman, who wrote the Times report, stood by her work.

“They literally were among the revelers,” Haberman tweeted. “As in, in the crowd. Doesn’t mean they stayed all night etc.”

Scarborough has drawn criticism for his relationship with Trump in the past.

Both he and Brzezinski are close friends with the president-elect, who was a reality TV star for NBC on “The Apprentice,” and the former Republican congressman has often stayed at Mar-A-Lago with his family.

Scarborough said Sunday evening that he didn’t stay at the Trump party but instead watched “Groundhog Day” and “Ghostbusters” with his children after his scheduled meeting the president-elect, and then watched “the Mariah Carey dumpster fire” on TV.

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Joe Scarborough Claims That Trump Is Just Pretending To Be A Racist Bigoted Jerk

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MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough’s latest lame defense of Donald Trump was that Trump is only placing a role when he behaves like a racist bigot.


Video and transcript via Media Matters


JOE SCARBOROUGH (HOST): Fake it ’til you make it. Fake it until you make it. And that is a question. I will say, though, one of the great ironies of this campaign, I’ve said it here on the show every day, is anybody — and Donny certainly has known Donald for a long time — anybody that knows Donald knows that that Donald last night was closer to the Donald Trump that we’ve all known for decades than the character he’s playing. Because make no mistake of it, make no mistake of it, this loud, screaming, racially insensitive, at times race-baiting buffoon that gets behind microphones at political rallies, that’s Donald Trump playing a role. I just think — unless the Donald Trump that we’ve known for 20 years is not the Donald Trump. And so I’m saying —

KATTY KAY: It’s also the Donald Trump that came up with the Muslim ban and the Mexicans being rapists and things that he’s said about women. Those are his statements, he owns them.

SCARBOROUGH: Right, right, Katty. And that’s exactly what I was saying about the guy that gets behind the microphone. I’m just saying, this is an interesting pivot because as he goes to teleprompter, he’s actually becoming more of the Donald Trump that Donny and Mika and myself and everybody else has known for decades, which is really bizarre, that he’s got to go to teleprompter to be more naturally himself. I’ll ask you this question, again. Because the list of offenses are so long. The Mexicans, the Muslims, John McCain, Megyn Kelly, etc., etc. Have you in 20 years of knowing Donald Trump behind closed doors — and I’m not asking for you to vouch for his character, I’m just trying to make this point — have you ever heard him say the first thing in private that was close to being racially insensitive. Never, right? Never.

Just because Trump used the word regret in a sentence during a rally in Charlotte, NC doesn’t mean that everything that the Republican nominee has said was all part of some big act.

If Trump was playing a role, as Scarborough suggested, what does that say about the fact that the Republican Party nominated a guy who played to racists and bigots?

There is no good way to explain Trump’s decades of behavior as playing a role. Trump wasn’t playing a role when he went birther on President Obama. Trump wasn’t playing a role when made bigoted and sexist remarks as a private citizen.

It isn’t surprising that fellow rich conservative white men like Joe Scarborough think that Donald Trump is a great guy.

On the same morning that Scarborough was trying to defend Trump, the Trump campaign released their first general election campaign ad, which fearmongers about and bashes immigrants:

The Republican Party isn’t going to be able to save itself by pretending that Donald Trump was just acting or kidding. The American people know who Trump really is, so forcing him to read a script that uses a few words that sound potentially humbling isn’t going to work.

The Joe Scarborough apology tour for Donald Trump is back in business, as the Republican Party continues to try to sell the unsellable Trump as presidential.


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Telling Hillary Clinton to smile wasn’t Joe Scarborough’s first offense: Here’s 5 times he got all sexist on-air

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Remember when he snapped his fingers at Mika Brzezinski

Tuesday night, as election returns were coming in and it was clear that Hillary Clinton did well in the Democratic primaries, she gave a speech in Florida celebrate her victories.

 As she was speaking, NBC’s Joe Scarborough tweeted advice for the Democratic frontrunner. “Smile,” he wrote. “You just had a big night.”

The internet went wild with criticism for the remark that most people quickly recognize as classic sexism. But it’s not nearly Scarborough’s first jaunt into public chauvinism.

Check out our video of the talk show host’s top five sexist moments on-air.


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JoeScar Berates Co-Host For Defending Trump Phoner: ‘Stop Reading Twitter!’ (VIDEO)




MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” went off the rails Tuesday morning after host Mika Brzezinski launched into a preemptive defensive of the show interviewing Republican frontrunner Donald Trump.

At the end of the broadcast, when the guests and hosts take turns saying what they learned from the show, Brzezinski went on a long-winded defense of Trump calling into the show.

“I learned that Donald Trump is going to call in again tomorrow and before you – just hold the phone, everybody! – calm yourself down, OK?” she began.

“Because before you get all upset, understand that he’s accessible and we keep trying to ask him the tough questions and get answers out of him and if Hillary Clinton, John Kasich want to call back in, Marco Rubio wants to pick up the phone…” Brzezinski said.

But her co-host Joe Scarborough jumped in to caution, “Mika…Mika….”

Brzezinski continued undetered. “Lift the hammer and give us a call. If Ted Cruz wants to call us at any moment during our show, we will put them on and keep them on so that they can say anything they want and answer questions,” she said.

“Mika, Mika….Alright, Mika. Mika, Mika….” Scarborough kept saying over Brzezinski.

“We would love to hear from them,” she finished.

“Mika! Stop reading Twitter! Stop reading Twitter!” Scarborough barked at his co-host.

“Oh, I’m not,” she responded.

“Stop it!” Scarborough yelled again.

“It’s the voices in my head,” Brzezinski joked.

But Scarborough went in again.

“Just stop!” he said. “Listen, here’s the deal, and yes, you do have voices in your head, there’s no doubt about that. Also, when Kasich said that everybody out there said that they really like you, Mika is a really nice person, they need to spend more time with you.”

The exchange made for an awkward on-airscene with the show’s guests. It wasn’t the first time the “Morning Joe” hosts have gone over the top in their efforts to deflect criticism they’re too chummy with Trump.

Last month, Scarborough launched into a lengthy rant on the show about how the hosts have been asking Trump the “tough questions” since the beginning.

Watch the exchange, captured by TPM:

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Watch Joe Scarborough School Far-Right Talker Hugh Hewitt On Alleged ‘Liberal Media Bias’ (VIDEO)

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This is a must-watch video clip, mainly because it features Joe Scarborough laying out exactly why the current GOP’s pee-pants-dance in response the so-called “liberal media’s” treatment of the Republican presidential field is absolutely not lopsided, and nor is it unfair. Morning Joe guest and conservative radio talk show host Hugh Hewitt, meanwhile, disagrees and seriously believes the press has been too lenient on Hillary Clinton.

The notion that the media has been unevenly critical of the Republican field, while praising or ignoring the Democratic field is nonsense. Especially in the case of Clinton and Obama, who have been relentlessly criticized since forever. To wit: Dr. Ben Carson’s gripe about the press failing to vet Obama’s connection to Jeremiah Wright is as phony as his West Point scholarship. Anyone who remembers the 2008 election when videos of Rev. Wright were aired on a continuous loop by MSNBC and Fox News Channel alike knows Hewitt and Carson are deliberately deceiving their people. And Clinton’s email story has been an almost exclusively press-driven hobby-horse since March.

But going father back in time, the Clintons, and particularly Hillary, have been almost constantly watch-dogged by the press for decades. We can start with Whitewater and go from there. For nearly a quarter-century, the press has been vetting Clinton in every way. Furthermore, candidates like Carson and Trump are new to the presidential scene, so naturally the press might seem like it’s asking more questions, but it’s entirely based on newness, as well as each candidates series of outlandish remarks. Hillary, on the other hand, has been vetted while helping to run her husband’s campaigns; while running her own senatorial campaign; and while being confirmed as Secretary of State. So, if there’s a hands-off approach at work here, it’s only because the Clintons have already been repeatedly jammed through the meat grinder.

Yet that won’t stop the GOP from shrieking about the press’s unfair scrutinizing of its candidates. The party, as well as its base, suffers from selective memory — strictly choosing to remember what’s convenient, while failing to note verifiable history.

Scarborough, to his credit, is at least being honest about the vetting record of his colleagues in the news media. Furthermore, he’s exactly correct in wanting to see the sideshow candidates shed from the pack as quickly as possible. Hewitt, on the other hand, is counting on the base to misremember or entirely ignore the press’s obsession with the Clintons and instead focus on the alleged “Hindenburg Debate” (Hewitt’s phrase) when reporters from an objectively conservative network (CNBC) attempted to do its own vetting.

Here’s the transcript of the key moments of the discussion, with the video to follow.

JOE SCARBOROUGH: In terms of Ben Carson. These stories do not add up. The conservative media knows they do not add up. How long do we sit back quiety and pretend that they do add up because we don’t want to offend our audience?

HUGH HEWITT: I don’t think that is what is going on here at all, we do not want to encourage the media to unify against Republicans and protect Democrats. We do not want to engage in the knifing of our candidates, and ignore over here [Hillary Clinton’s] NDA that [was recently recovered by the Washington Free Beacon], a whole set of questions that haven’t been answered yet, 18 USC1924 which Mrs. Clinton almost certainly violated. We do not want to be part of that gang.

JOE: My god, Hugh, my god. We have sat around this table… every day for six months digging in as deeply as we can into Hillary Clinton… Day in and day out.

MIKA: More than anybody.

HEWITT: Have you covered the Teneo letter?

JOE: No I haven’t, that happened last week, I know you have your two little talking points that happened last week. What I’m saying is put it into perspective. If your only argument is that the media is covering Ben Carson for a day and a half but they haven’t covered Hillary Clinton’s problems long enough, that is not a very strong argument.

HEWITT: It is an incredibly strong argument with the Republican base.

MIKA: That doesn’t make it correct.

JOE: You’re just proving my point. If you are more interested in pleasing the Repubclian base, than winning the presidency, then keep that up.

HEWITT: You’re so wrong, the Hindenburg Debate of two weeks ago, was good for the Republican party general by exposing completely to Democrats, Republicans and Independents, that Republicans face a headwind…

And it is very useful for me to come on a show like this and say: “Hey folks, look over here there are two major Hillary stories that no one is covering while we’re trying to find Ben Carson’s friend from 40 years ago. Eventually it adds up into a narrative…

You folks in the Manhattan-Beltway media, you elite–

JOE: You know better than that Hugh. “You Manhattan people?” I put my neck on the line every single day here. Hugh, please don’t embarrass yourself… you owe me an apology on the air right now because you know better than to say that about me.

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Mediaite’s Joe Concha reported Thursday that MSNBC is getting rid of Jose Diaz-Balart so they can give the morning program an extra hour.

In an exclusive scoop on Thursday, media critic and conservative commentator Joe Concha stated that MSNBC would be giving its morning opinion show, Morning Joe, an additional hour. The program, which already runs three hours each weekday, will now broadcast from 6 AM to 10 AM ET, In order to make room for Morning Joe, MSNBC has decided to kick Jose Diaz-Balart to the curb. Currently, the respected Cuban-American reporter hosts the 9 AM to 11 AM slot on the network.

Over the past few months, MSNBC has been revamping its schedule in order to refocus its network branding away from liberal-based political opinion to more hard news reporting. Since the beginning of this year, we’ve seen shows hosted by Ronan Farrow, Joy Reid, Alex Wagner, Ed Schultz and the young crew of The Cycle get canceled. Last week, Al Sharpton saw his show, PoliticsNation, shuffled off to Sunday morning.  Meanwhile, it has been understood that the only programs that aren’t in danger of being moved or axed are Morning Joe, The Rachel Maddow Show and Hardball with Chris Matthews. 

While MSNBC has said it wants to focus more on hard news, giving a political opinion show like Morning Joe four hours seems to fly in the face of that logic. Same goes with giving Meet the Press host Chuck Todd a one-hour late-afternoon broadcast that will also center mostly on Washington politics. While it appears that there will be slightly more hours devoted to actual news broadcasting than in the past, it seems that more of the focus isn’t on being a news channel, but being a more centrist, perhaps even Republican-friendly, network.

But will this all backfire? Giving a substance-free gabfest like Morning Joe four full hours to allow Joe Scarborough to bloviate endlessly seems like a bad idea on the surface. Especially when you consider that the hosts have decided to jump all the way on the Donald Trump bandwagon, allowing the real estate mogul and whining six-year-old to pop on the program anytime he wants to get free airtime for his campaign and personal brand. (Joe has especially embraced Trump’s anti-Latino rhetoric.) This is made even worse that, in order to get the extra hour to blather on, the network got rid of its most well-known Hispanic personality.

The bad optics of giving a Trump-friendly program more airtime at the behest of a Latino anchor was noted by many after Concha’s article went up.

Continue reading here…

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A Morning with Joe Scarborough in Hypocrisy Hell

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Nothing more signals the heating up of another election cycle than the bleary-eyed, half-dressed, faux-cool Joe Scarborough actually showing up – on set or at all – for work on the MSNBC show that touts his first name if not his regular presence: “Morning Joe.”

Another clear signal is that his hypocrisy about and hyperbolic characterizations of both President Obama and his policies begin to approach that of such right-wing luminaries as Bill Kristol, Dick Cheney, Mike Huckabee, Bobby Jindal, Jeb Bush, Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz, John McCain, Allen West and others in the increasingly unhinged Republican Clown Car.

Election cycles also mean that Scarborough’s show begins to feature such low-lights as Hugh Hewitt, who has one foot hanging over the far-right edge of the Republican/Conservative flat earth, as if they were credible commentators on any issue other than putting new sewer lines in their neighborhoods.

And, one of the surest signs of an approaching election is that, not wanting to miss even a moment when he can trash either the president or Hillary Clinton, MSNBC’s token conservative propagandist is no longer willing to make time for Mika Brzezinsky to mention at least five times per day that her daughter is now beginning her second year at Johns Hopkins University!

After all, that is time that could be spent showing a clip from Jebbers’ Tuesday night speech during which he blamed Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton for destabilizing the middle east by “snatching defeat from the jaws of victory.”

No mention, of course, that his brother, George W., and his vice-president lied us into the Iraq War that put the entire Near and Middle East on the road to its present chaos. No mention, of course, that his brother negotiated and signed the Status of Forces agreement that forced President Obama to withdraw our troops from Iraq.

No mention, of course, that his brother purged from power Sadaam’s Baathist Party members, who could have been useful in rebuilding and restabilizing the country he destroyed and destabilized, but have now become part of the ISIS leadership. Not to mention that it ended any possibility of Iraq having a credible military to secure the country when the U.S. pulled out.

This Monday morning past, after the usual round of non-factual, often baseless innuendo and misleading statements that usually set the stage for the daily segment of Hillary-bashing, Joe Scarborough and his table of losers took on what history eventually might consider President Obama’s single foreign policy achievement; the agreement per Iranian nuclear research forged in the crucible of down-and-dirty negotiations in Geneva between Iran and the P5+1 (the United States, France, Germany, Britain, Russia and China.)

[Excursus:  It does bear mention that the reasonable and usually well-reasoned Steve Rattner was at the table, even though he could not get a reasonable, well-reasoned word in because the ever-annoying Nicole Wallace, who thinks the set of “Morning Joe” is nothing more than a Republican spin room, could not stop interrupting him with unreasonable, poorly-reasoned talking-points.]

Scarborough began with typical Republican hyperbole, professing “shock” and “dismay” that the president would “vilify” and “demonize” opponents of the agreement by “equating congressional hardliners with hardliners in Tehran.” Using what has, during the Obama years, become almost the go-to Republican modifier, Joe found it, uh, “chilling.”

Though old, I still have all of my original teeth. Had I not been in possession of them, any dentures carefully installed and glued into place earlier that morning would have fallen to the floor. No one has ever accused Joe Scarborough of being self-aware. But this little moment of straight-faced, hyperbolic hypocrisy answers the question of why that charge has never been leveled at him.

The fact of the matter is that Barack Obama is not in the habit of “vilifying” or “demonizing” anyone.  To his credit, it has just not been his style. And, in this instance, he remained true to his usual manner. He reasonably laid out his case and, quite frankly, it has no problem passing the smell test per the equivalency he draws.

Nothing more than a cursory glance at the record verifies that both Iranian and Republican “hardliners” have been“implacably opposed” to this deal before it was ever made, “before they even read it, before it was even posted.” For God’s sake, Republican presidential candidates admitted as much.  And it is equally verifiable that the opposition of hardliners in both Tehran and Washington “is reflective of an ideological commitment not to get a deal done.” Feel free to factually refute that if you can.

But, by accusing him of “vilifying” and “demonizing,” Scarborough didn’t just mean the president was dealing in false equivalencies. He was also accusing him of name-calling. And of making non-factual, hyperbolic characterizations of opponents. Projection much, Joe?

Though he would have been more than justified in doing so, President Obama, as mentioned earlier, has simply never made a practice of doing to his political opponents what they have habitually and almost daily done to him for nearly seven years; i.e.,  name-calling (general or racist), demonizing (“Nazi,” “Communist,” “the anti-Christ” et al), demagoguing, or calling into question his general character (“lawless,” “appeaser,” “liar,” et al), his religion (if he was Muslim, which he isn’t, what difference would it make?), his birthplace (Kenya, of course), and, their favorite, his patriotism (“He was placed here as a child to become part of a radical Islamic sleeper cell”).

Nonetheless, Scarborough summoned up a facial expression that, in a really creepy way, combined preternatural innocence with faux-indignation and pronounced himself “staggered” that President Obama would resort to “personal attacks” that represented a “new low” for a country that values and prides itself on “decency” and “respectfulness” in its public discourse.

The Editorial Board of the New York Times, along with many of us, disagreed with the Panhandle Panhandler’s take on who was and who wasn’t engaged in civil public discourse: “What should be a thoughtful debate has been turned into a vicious battle against Mr. Obama.”

To wit…

Mike Huckabee dropped in from the other side of the Looking Glass to offensively accuse the president of marching Jews “to the door of the oven” per the Iran agreement.

Tom Cotton, who apparently slept through U.S. Constitution 101 during his college and law school years, inexplicably equated John Kerry – whose military record and record as a public servant will, I promise, never be matched by the rookie senator from Arkansas – with Pontius Pilate.

Jeb Bush took the silver spoon out of his mouth long enough to access the usual Republican fallback position that the president is an appeaser. “Appeasement,” he said, is the “bad result you get when you enable people or regimes who don’t embrace democratic values.” And, with no one apparently willing to take the shovel out of his hands as he dug his own hole deeper, he said that “History is full of examples.” One supposes Jebbers forgot that the history of his brother’s administration was full of those examples. Hypocrisy much, Jeb!?

John “Bomb, Bomb, Bomb, Bomb, Bomb Iran” McCain, whose every foreign policy prescription seems to involve “American boots on-the-ground and American bodies in-the-ground,” continued Jeb’s “appeaser” meme with his usual tripe about the president “carrying on in the finest traditions of Neville Chamberlain.”

Which raises the question of why the national media continuously searches out John McCain for his perspective on foreign policy issues. His remedy never changes: Bomb them into the Stone Age and then send in American troops. He could just copy/paste and email it in.

Ted Cruz claimed the president was cementing Iran’s status as “the world’s leading financier of radical Islamic terrorism.” Again, one notes how little attention Cruz—or, any Republican—pays to the situation on the ground in the Islamic world.  Were he paying attention, he would know that “the world’s [actual]leading financier of radical Islamic terrorism” is the home of the Bush family’s BFF, Saudi Arabia.

There are more but, seriously, how many can you stand to read?

When I first heard Scarborough slam the president for “vilifying” and “demonizing” those who differed with him per the Iran agreement, I thought I had fallen down the Rabbit Hole, where white is black and black is white. But, as it turned out, spending a morning with Joe and listening to him talk about how Republicans pride themselves on “decency” and “respectfulness” in their public discourse had just momentarily transported me to a parallel universe known to its permanent residents as Hypocrisy Hell.

Scarborough has a home in a gated community there.

Joe Scarborough · Morning Joe


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Morning Joe’s namesake is a very busy and important man who can’t be bothered to get things right the first time

Last week, MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough went on TV and said something false. Reacting to the inflammatory (and often dubious) allegations in Peter Schweizer’s new book, Clinton Cash, Scarborough posited that the government of Algeria made donations to the Clinton Foundation as a way to buy its way off the State Department’s list of state sponsors of terrorism. “The Clinton Foundation takes the check, and then just, out of nowhere the State Department then decides, well, they are going to take Algeria off the list,” Scarborough said. As Politifact and (my former employer) Media Matters pointed out, such an arrangement would have been impossible, given that Algeria has never been on the State Department’s list of terrorism sponsors.

So Scarborough was wrong. And today on Morning Joe, he offered a sneering, sarcastic “apology” to Politifact for having the temerity to point out how wrong he was.

I’m struggling to recall an instance in which a pundit has so self-indulgently wallowed in his own arrogance and sense of entitlement. Everyone gets something wrong every now and then, and the proper thing to do when those things happen is to correct the record, apologize, and move on. For Scarborough, though, the act of correction is an assault on the misbegotten pride he feels in hosting a low-rated and unwatchable morning news program.

First things first: Joe Scarborough seems to believe that because he puts on an “ad-libbed” show that lasts many hours, he enjoys some leeway when it comes to just making shit up. “Last week, in the course of this three-hour, ad-libbed show, I suggested Algeria may have been giving unreported donations to the Clinton Foundation in an effort to change their status on the State Department’s terror list.” Here’s a thought: maybe put a little more planning into what you say on cable news every day. “I do a long show that I put little to no forethought into” is not a justification for getting things wrong: it’s an admission that your show’s format is bad and should be changed to minimize these sorts of errors.

Scarborough also faulted Politifact for not noting that before he launched into this made-up nonsense about Algeria, he offered a disclaimer that he didn’t know what he was talking about. “Now, never mind that I prefaced my statement by saying that all the specifics may not be perfectly lined up. These are the realities, after all, of all of us doing a three-hour rolling conversation without teleprompters or scripts, the very things that every other news show in America is chained to but we aren’t. But still I prefaced my remark, but that prefaced remark mattered little to the Clinton arm of Politifact.” Yes, how dare Politifact not do Joe Scarborough the courtesy of highlighting his admission that he was talking out his ass.

Having begged off any sort of responsibility for the things he says on his own program, Scarborough then lashed out at Politifact, claiming that they were just picking nits (which, of course, absolves Scarborough from any blame).


SCARBOROUGH: So Politifact, let me get this straight. The Clinton Foundation was taking the money, hold on, not to get off the terror list. They were throwing them money at the same time they wanted to the State Department to get them off a list for their gross human rights abuses towards women. I hope I’ve cleared that up. Because I’ve got more. Have I cleared that part up? Because I don’t want to get it wrong! And any time Politifact calls me out on a footnote, I promise I’m going to come out here and let you know that instead of talking about the Clinton Foundation getting money to possibly get Algeria off the terror list, it would possibly be to whitewash gross human rights violations against women. I’m glad I got that off my chest.

Politifact actually noted all of that in their correction of Scarborough – they had a whole section of the fact-check headlined “Human rights violations hamper relations.” But this isn’t a dispute over a “footnote,” as Scarborough’s weaselly, sarcastic rebuttal put it. Inclusion on the State Department’s list of state sponsors of terror is not a small thing. Once the U.S. government identifies a country as a sponsor of terrorism, they’re immediately subject to a whole host of economic sanctions. If, as Scarborough had posited, the Clinton Foundation had been part of a quid pro quo scheme to let Algeria buy its way off that list and out of those sanctions, that would have been a massive scandal.

But whatever, Scarborough was just “ad-libbing,” so it’s no big deal. It’s not Joe Scarborough’s responsibility to be right the first time; it’s Politifact’s responsibility to cut him as much slack as he needs because “Morning Joe” isn’t about facts, it’s about “conversation.”

And that leads to the most important question: why does “Morning Joe” still exist? Scarborough is clearly very proud of the ad-libbed, thrown-together format that permits him and his pundit pals to make stuff up in a consequence-free environment, but nobody actually watches the show. Its ratings are abysmal, and yet it soldiers on as a monument to Joe Scarborough’s insufferable arrogance.


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Abdul-Jabbar: ‘Islamic State’ Is As Islamic As The KKK Is Christian (VIDEO)


That is one analogy I can agree with.  Definitely spot-on…

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“You can make parallels to things that have happened here in America,” Abdul-Jabbar said of ISIL to co-host Joe Scarborough. “Like the Ku Klux Klan saying they are the Christian knights of the Ku Klux Klan.”

“They do not practice Christianity,” he added.

Abdul-Jabbar then brought up the Crusaders, specifically Christian warriors of the First Crusade in the eleventh century.

“The first people that they sacked were Jews living in Europe,” he said. “They devastated them, took all their wealth, and kept on their way to the Holy Land.”

Co-host Mika Brzezinski changed the subject to Abdul-Jabbar’s new book.

The President made similar remarks at the National Prayer Breakfast on Feb. 5,
saying that, “during the Crusades and the Inquisition, people committed terrible deeds in the name of Christ.”

“In our home country, slavery and Jim Crow all too often was justified in the name of Christ,” Obama added.

Watch the video, courtesy of MSNBC…HERE.

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Arrested Reporter Smacks Down Joe Scarborough’s Criticism

Spot on Wesley Lowery, WAPO reporter

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This is how Joe Scarborough reacted to video of the Washington Post’s Wesley Lowery being arrested by police in Ferguson, MO:

“I will just say if I saw that video and my son was the one police arrested after that episode, I’d say, ‘Joey, heres a clue. When the cops tell you for the thirtieth time, let’s go, you know what that means, son? It means let’s go. I’m sorry…I don’t sit there and have a debate and film the police officer unless I want to get on TV and have people talk about me the next day.”

This is how Lowery responded on CNN’s “New Day”:

“I would invite Joe Scarborough to come down to Ferguson and get out of 30 Rock where he’s sipping his Starbucks smugly…I have little patience for talking heads. This is too important. This is a community in the United States of America where things are on fire. This community is on edge. There is so much happening here and instead of putting reporters on the ground we have people like Joe Scarborough running their mouth who have no idea what they’re talking about.”

Watch video HERE…