Skip to comments.Joe Scarborough Calls Out Fellow MSNBCer Wolffe For Using A ‘Democratic Talking Point’ On Benghazi
Posted on 05/09/2013 12:30:10 PM PDT by Kaslin
Regardless of the facts, some at MSNBC continue to peddle White House talking points surrounding the terrorist attack in Benghazi. Appearing on Morning Joe on May 9, Richard Wolffe, the executive editor of MSNBC.com, gleefully used Democratic talking points in his denunciation of congressional hearings on Benghazi.
The segment began with co-host Joe Scarborough challenging the White House narrative that Eric Nordstrom, a 22-year State Department veteran who was in Tripoli during the Benghazi attack, was not demoted for speaking to members of Congress about his doubts over the response to the attack. [See video after jump. MP3 audio here.]
Joe Scarborough Calls Out Richard Wolffe For Using A Democratic Talking Point On Benghazi
Scarborough, speaking in response to a New York Times piece describing how Nordstrom was verbally harassed by State Department official Cheryl Mills, complained that:
This doesn't pass the sniff test. And you know what? You know what we're about to get into? We're about to get into some very dangerous territory for the administration. They demote this guy, and now they're doing what we've seen too often where you try to now call him a liar.
Regular Morning Joe panelist Donny Deutsch, no conservative he, agreed with Scarborough’s analysis, arguing that:
You started the day going, okay, this is going to be a Republican political circus. And you ended the day going, yuck. This clearly has a yuck factor.
Deutsch lamented about how this could potentially hurt Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential prospects:
The question going -- the big question for this country in 2016, does it have the sticky factor for Hillary Clinton. I mean, this is obviously going to be the football, Richard, the Republicans don't let go of. The question, the American public has a strange way of deciding what they want to hold on to, and what they don't want to hold on to, vis-à-vis a potential presidential candidate and this is going to be a big question Mark going forward for Ms. Clinton.
While Deutsch and Scarborough expressed genuine discomfort in the State Department's handing of the situation, Wolffe immediately excused the Clinton-led department, producing what Scarborough dismissed as a typical "Democrat talking point":
The treatment of a whistle blower or a senior official talking to members of Congress, you've got to be super careful. She clearly crossed the line. But that is very different that suggesting that Susan Rice who was reading from CIA approved talking points was willfully misleading the American people. It’s very different from talking about the security lapses and especially very different what was most emotional in the hearing was what could have been done differently. Which is what this independent review looked at.
Wolffe’s parroting of Democrat talking points continued:
Could they have scrambled jets, could they have used air power? This is not in the movies here. This was a surprise attack, whatever you think the reason was for it. That overwhelmed the defenses in this place. The few people protecting the ambassador calling in jets from several hours away to have precision target bombs somehow laser guided by some forward air controller that wasn’t actually there. How does that happen?
Seeking to tag-team with Wolffe, liberal co-host Mika Brzezinski attempted to silence Scarborough for challenging him, but Scarborough refused to let Wolffe get away with his partisanship:
Do you think you and I know what would have saved people in Benghazi better than somebody sitting in Tripoli that was an expert, that was the number two guy for the United States State Department? Are we sitting here in the comfort of this studio, in midtown Manhattan, are we just dismissing what Hicks and these other people are saying?
As the new executive editor of MSNBC.com we can expect more of the same from Mr. Wolffe, using his new platform to push Democratic talking points online. Unfortunately, Scarborough is limited to challenging Wolffe only when he appears on Morning Joe, but will likely remain free of criticism at his new job
“Hey, you stole what I was gonna say!”
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If Fox news didn’t exist we would never have learned about the Boston Marathon Bombings.
They would have been reported as : restaurant appliance malfunctions due to improper use.
I’m surprised Joe isn’t parroting Hillary’s “What Difference, At This Point, Does It Make?”.
Well, what can I say
Typically the pin heads in Washington/NYC think that the real story here is that someone was demoted. Typical of gray, corporate, climb-the-greasy-pole-of-success-no-matter-who-you-push-off thinking (yes, I mean you, Joe.)
I’m sorry these brave men were demoted. But the real story is the butchering of an American ambassador and the vile murder of 3 other men.
Scarborough is found as a sub heading in the dictionary for RINO.
I guess Scarborough didn't have his Colon Blow this morning.
Joe pretends to be a Republican about once a month, today was the day for the month of May.
I would agree....Joe is a wannabe-Republican. He’s there to attract other wannabe-Republicans who’d like to lean just a little that way, but stay mostly neutral-lean-liberal types. It would be interesting to put Joe into the middle of the Five on Fox’s afternoon show. He wouldn’t last more than eight minutes.