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  • Scarborough Accusing MSNBC of Voter-Suppression 'Fearmongering?'

    06/04/2015 5:46:35 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 6 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Will Joe Scarborough be hearing from some MSNBC suits? You can imagine Joe being called on the carpet for having, on today's Morning Joe, not-so-subtly accused his own network of "fearmongering" the issue of minority voter suppression against Republicans. During a discussion of Hillary's planned speech of today on expanding the voting calendar, Scarborough spoke of "cable news" and "cable shows" driving ratings by "fearmongering" the notion of Republicans supposedly engaged in voter suppression. So which cable news network could Scarborough have in mind? Fox News? Nope. CNN? Meh. Googling "MSNBC voter suppression" yielded 136,000 hits, including links to virtually...
  • Mika Wouldn't Give Santorum Same Pass as Sanders On Rape Remarks

    06/01/2015 6:45:11 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 8 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Mika Brzezinski just can't contain her liberal bias. On today's Morning Joe, Mika admitted that the the MSM has a double standard when it comes to reporting controversial things that Democrats and Republicans have done or said. Yet she promptly turned around and applied that same double standard to Bernie Sanders and Rick Santorum. Discussing Bernie Sanders having written in 1972 that women fantasize about being raped, Mika agreed that if Rick Santorum had written the same thing, the press would go crazy. However, Mika claimed that wouldn't be because Santorum's a Republican, but rather would be due to "his...
  • Mika Muzzles Talk of Bernie Sanders Writing That Women Fantasize About Rape

    05/29/2015 7:01:08 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 30 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Willie Geist wondered out loud what would happen to a Republican candidate who had written that women fantasize about being raped--and Scarborough asked if he would he still be in the race? But when it's a candidate for the Dem presidential nomination who had written those words, well, that's a different story. On today's Morning Joe, when Joe Scarborough raised the matter of Bernie Sanders having written that women fantasize about being raped, Mika Brzezinski repeatedly tried to shut him down and turn the page. View the video here.
  • Clashing Over Clintons, Conason Compares Scarborough to Nazis

    05/20/2015 7:55:52 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 12 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Hillary Clinton must be worried if she's willing to trot out a bottom-of-the-barrel dead-ender like Joe Conason to defend her. Conason slithered onto the Morning Joe set today and it didn't take him long--quoting Winston Churchill--to compare Joe Scarborough to Nazis. Even then, Conason couldn't tell the truth, claiming Churchill hadn't been referring to Nazis, when he explicitly had. View the video here.
  • Scarborough Suggests NBC Wouldn't Punish Lauer If He Pulled a Stephanopoulos

    05/19/2015 6:31:44 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 8 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Did Joe Scarborough just suggest that the suits at his own network are craven cowards who put bucks over ethics? On today's Morning Joe, Scarborough predicted that if Matt Lauer had pulled a Stephanopoulos, NBC would hesitate to punish him [just as ABC hasn't disciplined Steph], because Lauer's morning Today show "is where they make the money." View the video here.
  • MSNBC Host Rips Obama Over Recent Fox News Channel Jab

    05/14/2015 8:34:49 AM PDT · by Beave Meister · 11 replies
    Western Journalism ^ | 5/14/2015 | B. Christopher Agee
    “Is he really the sole arbiter of what is right and just?” Referencing Barack Obama’s remarks at a recent forum aimed at addressing poverty, MSNBC host Joe Scarborough took exception to the president’s public indictment of a rival cable news network. Obama stated that Fox News Channel offers a “constant menu” of programming demonizing the poor as lazy “sponges” and “leeches.” Scarborough eviscerated Obama not only for his comments, but for the forum in which he decided to make them. “At a bipartisan summit, you decide to attack a cable news channel as the problem,” he said, “saying that [FNC...
  • Scarborough Calls Hillary Defender Howard Dean 'New England Version of James Carville'

    04/30/2015 6:59:45 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 12 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    How did Howard Dean go from vivid voice of the New Left to political hack defending Hillary Clinton at all costs? Joe Scarborough called Dean on it today, telling Howard he had become the "New England version of James Carville." Dean, on today's Morning Joe, dismissed the latest Washington Post story suggesting possible financial improprieties at the Clinton Foundation as "a breathless piece of hot air" and, incredibly, Dean said he'd advise Hillary not to address the rising tide of questions. The depth of Hillary's dilemma is reflected in the fact that defenders like Dean are reduced to claiming that...
  • Scarborough Gives Pass to Pastor Who Incited Gray Congregation

    04/29/2015 7:38:30 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 9 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Yesterday, we reported on how just after playing a clip of the pastor who delivered the eulogy at the Freddie Gray funeral leading the congregation in an impassioned chant of "no justice, no peace!", Joe Scarborough claimed that the riots that ensured were "something that no one inside that funeral could have ever have wanted." The chant wasn't the pastor's only incitement. He also told the congregation that "somebody is going to have to pay" for Gray's death. So when that pastor, Jamal Bryant, appeared on today's Morning Joe, don't you think Scarborough would have challenged him over his incendiary...
  • Joe Scarborough Rips Liberal Media 'Bowing Down' on Clinton Cash

    04/28/2015 2:06:38 PM PDT · by yuffy · 7 replies
    Newsbusters.org ^ | April 28, 2015 | 10:30 AM EDT | By Scott Whitlock
    A fiery Joe Scarborough on Tuesday denounced the media's double standard when it comes to investigating the scandal engulfing the Clinton Foundation's financial dealings. An angry Scarborough erupted "The Clintons have made $150 million over the past decade because of contacts they made during public service!" He described the typical journalist reaction as "Let's bow down before Bill and Hillary, because if we ask the same questions of them that we ask of every other politician, then oh, my God! We have crossed a line!" Scarborough's outburst was a result of Morning Joe co-host Mika Brzezinski's skeptical questioning of Clinton...
  • Gray Pastor: No Justice, No Peace! Scarborough: No One Wanted Violence

    04/28/2015 6:09:29 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 25 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    At yesterday's funeral service for Freddie Gray, Pastor Jamal Bryant ended his eulogy by leading the congregation in a highly-charged chant of "No justice! No peace!" Yet immediately after playing the clip of that moment, Joe Scarborough claimed that the riots that ensued were "something that no one inside that funeral could have ever have wanted." Had Scarborough listened to his own clip? If not, why not? If so, what does he think "no justice, no peace" means? It's true that later in the day, Bryant called for peace in the streets. But by then it was too late. Perhaps...
  • Joe Scarborough Opens GOP Leadership Summit Day 2 with Series of Awkward Jokes

    04/18/2015 10:41:29 AM PDT · by PROCON · 23 replies
    mediaite ^ | April 18, 2015 | Andrew Kirell
    The second day of the New Hampshire Republican Party’s “First in the Nation” leadership summit kicked off Saturday morning with a speech from MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough, a former GOP congressman. As you might expect, the reception was lukewarm at first — especially when he tried to land a series of fratboy-ish jokes — but became much warmer when he talked actual policy and tried to stir the crowd into rallying around conservative principles for the 2016 election. But let’s run through his awkward jokes: Scarborough approached the stage to noticeably tepid applause (though, to be fair, this was the first...
  • Stumped: Urban Radio Reporter Can't Cite Obama Foreign Policy Successes

    03/30/2015 6:58:08 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 10 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Not even a lifeline could have helped her . . . There was a telling moment on today's Morning Joe when Joe Scarborough challenged April Ryan of American Urban Radio Networks to cite some of President Obama's foreign-policy successes. Ryan was reduced to replying "that's kind of tough. Hmm, that's a tough one . . . I have to really ponder that." View the video here.
  • Stumbling through history: How did U.S. foreign policy end up in such disarray?

    03/29/2015 6:57:46 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 48 replies
    Politico ^ | Joe Scarborough
    Yemen is in flames, ISIL is on the march, Syria is apocalyptic, Iran is racing through Iraq, anarchy reigns in Libya, Jordan is on the brink, Turkey is slipping away, and America’s relationship with the Middle East’s only democracy has hit an all-time low.When academics look back to survey the wreckage of U.S. foreign policy at the start of the 21st century, many will wonder how a superpower with unrivaled military, economic, and cultural dominance lost that historic advantage so quickly. The answer? George W. Bush and Barack Obama. Story Continued Below Liberal historians will trace much of the region’s...
  • Thanks for the Law Lecture! Scarborough, O'Donnell Spat Over 'Hands-up'

    03/13/2015 6:28:09 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 9 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Talk about your bitter-clingers: Crazy Larry O'Donnell just can't give up on the notion that Michael Brown might have had his hands up. On today's Morning Joe, it led to a nasty little spat with Joe Scarborough. Joe asked Jeff Roorda of the St. Louis Police Officers Association whether, "since Eric Holder agreed with your side of the story," he had received an apology from the St. Louis Rams for the "hands up, don't shoot" display by several of its players. O'Donnell interrupted to claim that "Eric Holder doesn't agree with the officers' side of the story." According to O'Donnell,...
  • Scarborough To Sharpton: Police Shootings 'Got To Be Terribly Frustrating For You'

    03/12/2015 4:14:47 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 44 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Talk about sickeningly misplaced sympathies . . . Waking up to the news that two police officers had been shot during a protest in Ferguson, MO last night, and turning on Morning Joe, I expected the first interviews to be with family members of the wounded policemen, or perhaps with the head of a police organization, condemning the outrage. Instead, there were Al Sharpton, and Marc Morial [of the National Urban League.] And rather than focusing on the wounded policemen, Scarborough's first line to Sharpton painted him as a victim: "this has got to be terribly frustrating to you." Even...
  • Morning Joe: NYT Reporter Fearing 'Retribution' From Hillary Camp for Email Story?

    03/03/2015 5:32:11 AM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 24 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski have wondered out loud whether Michael Schmidt, the New York Times reporter who broke the story about Hillary using private email during her time as Secretary of State, might be fearing "retribution" from Hillary's camp. When Joe and Mika interviewed New York Times Schmidt on today's Morning Joe, Scarborough had to work to get Schmidt to say something that was in his own article: that while Colin Powell also used private email as Secretary of State, there were no rules prohibiting that at the time. Later, Joe and Mika later remarked that they were "taken...
  • President Clinton Hosted Israel Prime Minister in Election Against Bibi

    02/26/2015 4:59:29 PM PST · by SJackson · 14 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | Feb 24, 2015 | DANIEL HALPER
    MNSBC's Morning Joe reported this morning that President Bill Clinton hosted an Israeli prime minister, Shimon Peres, in his election against Benjamin Netanyahu. President Obama is refusing to meet with Netanyahu next week because, he says, it's too close to Israel's election day. "It's not unprecedented," the MSNBC host said of an American president hosting an Israel prime minister during his reelection campaign. "In 1996, the Clinton administration hosted Shimon Peres for a U.S. visit while he was in the midst of an election against Benjamin Netanyahu." "Democratic presidents have always loathed Benjamin Netanyahu," said the other MSNBC host, Joe...
  • Guess Who Said 'Decline of Middle Class Tied to Decline of Unions'

    02/25/2015 6:42:25 AM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 23 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Who said: "I've always believed the decline of the middle class could be tied to the decline of unions. And when you have 7%, 8% of the work force in unions, when you have CEO pay going up to record heights, you're going to have a hollowing out of the middle class." Was it a. Elizabeth Warren; b. Robert Reich; or c. Ed Schultz? Correct answer: d. None of the above. It was Joe Scarborough on today's Morning Joe. Scarborough prefaced his lament over the decline of unions by saying "It's been well-documented on Twitter: I'm a right-wing Republican stooge."...
  • Mika: 'I Question Patriotism of Someone Who Questions President's Patriotism'

    02/23/2015 7:03:02 AM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 93 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    MSNBC might like to replace "Lean Forward" with a new slogan: "Dissent Is Unpatriotic." On today's Morning Joe, discussing the Rudy flap, Mika Brzezinski said: "I question the patriotism of someone who questions the president's patriotism." Joe Scarborough retorted that for years on MSNBC, Keith Olbermann got away with saying much worse about W without criticism from Mika or others in the MSM. View the video here.
  • 'Ultrafundamentalist Christians Who Believe Every Word of the Bible Could Lead to Some Violence'

    02/18/2015 6:39:57 PM PST · by QT3.14 · 107 replies
    Truth Revolt ^ | February 17, 2015 | Trey Sanchez
    On Monday's Morning Joe on MSNBC, Joe Scarborough suggested that having a literal interpretation of the Bible could lead Christians to violence in a similar manner as radical Islam. Oddly enough, Scarborough hoped to avoid being "torn to shreds online" by equating the two, but made the comparison anyway. The morning's panel centered on the violence of ISIS and its undeniable ties to the tenets of Islam, but Scarborough felt compelled to find a link between Islam and Christianity. He said: “A very crude way to put it is, this would be the ultra fundamentalist Christians who believe every single...
  • The Walker-Stupid, Obama-Genius Myth

    02/16/2015 6:09:19 AM PST · by libstripper · 34 replies
    American Thinker ^ | Feb. 16, 2015 | Jack Cashill
    On Joe Scarborough’s MSNBC show this past week Yale-educated Howard Dean added a new word to the lexicon of Democratic condescension, “unknowledgeable.” “Scott Walker, were he to become president, would be the first president in many generations that did not have a college degree,” said Dean of the Wisconsin governor. “And that's a problem.” Scarborough countered later in the conversation, “Well, nobody is accusing Scott Walker of being dumb because he didn't graduate from college except you.”
  • Scarborough: Like Radical Islam, 'Ultrafundamentalist' Christianity Could Also Lead to Violence

    02/16/2015 5:18:27 AM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 65 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Joe Scarborough says he doesn't want to be "torn to shreds online" for analogizing the threat of radical Christianity to that of radical Islam. In that case, the solution is simple: Scarborough should stop analogizing the threat of radical Christianity to that of radical Islam. On today's Morning Joe, Scarborough twice suggested such parallels, analogizing radical Islamists to "ultrafundamentalist Christians who believe every single word of the Bible has to be interpreted in the exact ways which could also lead to some violence." A bit later, Scarborough circled back, saying "it doesn't matter what faith you're in," that a literal...
  • Scarborough Shocked by Snark Over 'Straight' Brian Williams—But Shoudn't Be

    02/11/2015 5:29:18 AM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 11 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Joe Scarborough is shocked by the outpouring of "sheer hatred, snarkiness and snideness" directed at Brian Williams. On today's Morning Joe, Scarborough drew a contrast between himself, who as an opinion person has to expect much criticism, and Williams, who he claimed reported the news in a "straight" way. But as Newsbusters and our parent MRC has carefully documented, Williams has been anything but a "straight" reporter of the news. Like so many of his MSM brethren, Williams had a distinctly liberal slant. View the video here.
  • Scarborough Warns Media and Pols: I Know A Lot About You So Don't Cast First Stone at Brian Williams

    02/09/2015 4:54:41 AM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 40 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Joe Scarborough's defense of Brian Williams amounts to a warning to people in the media and politics: I know a lot about many of you, too. On today's Morning Joe, Scarborough ominously said: "in over a decade in this news business, it is fair to say looking straight in the camera, I've seen a lot, I know a lot, and I know that there are very few people in this industry or in politics that could live by the standard of perfection. Cast the first stone? I would be careful." View the video here.
  • Scarborough's Strange Analogy: US Arming Ukraine Like Russia Arming Mexico

    02/05/2015 5:42:03 AM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 22 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Should the United States not send arms to help Ukraine to help it defend itself against Russia because our country would be angered if Russia armed Mexico against Texas? A strange analogy, no? But it's the one Joe Scarborough made on today's Morning Joe: "what is Vladimir Putin's response going to be to the United States arming Ukraine? Certainly I would guess no better than, you know, the Russians arming Mexico with weapons against Texas." View the video here.
  • After Rapping Rand for Shushing Reporter, Scarborough Shuts Down Guest

    02/03/2015 5:45:37 AM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 7 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Rand Paul to reporter: "Calm down a bit here, Kelly. Let me answer the question." Joe Scarborough to guest: 'Let me finish my sentence and then you can be a condescending liberal Emmanuel." The two responses sound similar, don't they? Two guys getting frustrated by their interlocutors' interruptions. The irony is that Joe Scarborough devoted a segment on today's Morning Joe to rapping Rand Paul for "shushing" that reporter, whereas a bit later in the show, Scarborough himself shut down a guest with such similar language. View the video here.
  • VandeHei's Sixth Sense: Chris Christie Doesn't Realize He's Dead

    01/22/2015 6:21:57 AM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 12 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Jim VandeHei sees dead people. On today's Morning Joe, the Politico honcho agreed with Joe Scarborough's suggestion that Chris Christie is like Bruce Willis in The Sixth Sense: [politically] dead but doesn't know it. Ironically, Scarborough distanced himself from his own suggestion, twice saying that he didn't believe it. But when he asked his guest if the characterization was fair, Vandehei replied "I think it is. At best he's a live man stumbling." View the video here.
  • Scarborough: No One in Mainstream TV Supports Limiting Immigration

    01/15/2015 7:14:10 AM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 30 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Europe has been the target of numerous acts of Muslim terrorism, while its economies suffer and unemployment is rampant. The United States is still recovering from 9-11 and has been the object of a number of terrorist attacks/attempts since then. Yet in neither country is there a voice in mainstream television saying that right-wing parties might have a point when they advocate limits on immigration. That was Joe Scarborough's point on today's Morning Joe: "I have yet to hear one person on American television or European television, mainstream, say these people [right-wingers favoring immigration restrictions] may have a point." View...
  • Ugly Behind the Scenes Turmoil at Meet The Press Revealed

    12/22/2014 11:37:22 AM PST · by PJ-Comix · 21 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | December 22, 2014 | P.J. Gladnick
    Shield your eyes! Read no further!  The Washingtonian magazine has revealed some really ugly behind the scenes turmoil and backstabbings that accompained the departure of David Gregory from Meet The Press last summer. The revelations could be too much of a shock for some of you to endure. If the shock doesn't terminate you, suffocation from uncontrollable laughing at NBC's absurd antics could finish you off. If you dare to read on, you will find out that Chuck Todd was hardly a modest shrinking violet when it came to replacing David Gregory. In fact, he had been clawing for that...
  • Scarborough Warns Conservatives: Attacking Jeb Makes Him More Likely to Run

    12/17/2014 6:27:41 AM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 38 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Joe Scarborough has a warning for conservatives: going after Jeb Bush will make him more likely to run for president. According to Scarborough, speaking on today's Morning Joe, Jeb is "his mother's son," "kind of "cranky" and "rough around the edges." If conservatives think they will drive Jeb out of the race by attacking him, "they've got him played exactly backwards." To the contrary, conservative attacks will make Jeb more likely to run "to prove them wrong."View the video here.
  • Scarborough: I Don't Need To Apologize For Branding Zimmerman 'Murderer', I'm Not A Politician

    08/16/2013 9:59:43 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 37 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | 08/16/2013 | Mark Finkelstein
    Talk about a hypocritical, mealy-mouthed non-apology apology . . . On today's Morning Joe, Joe Scarborough condemned Republicans who "support[ed] George Zimmerman before they even knew the facts of the case."  Scarborough then added: "you know, I got out early, said some things about George Zimmerman myself, I shouldn't have said, perhaps. I got overly emotional. But I'm not in office. And if I were in office I would have apologized." Scarborough didn't reveal to viewers the "some things" he had said about Zimmerman. In fact, early on in the case, long before the facts were on the table, Scarborough...
  • Scarborough: On Trayvon, Ferguson and Eric Garner

    12/04/2014 10:40:08 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    The Politico ^ | December 3, 2014 | Former Rep. Joe Scarborough (R-FL)
    “A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored by little statesmen and philosophers and divines. With consistency a great soul has simply nothing to do. He may as well concern himself with his shadow on the wall. Speak what you think now in hard words, and tomorrow speak what tomorrow thinks in hard words again, though it contradicts every thing you said today.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson And so I will. Not so long ago, right-wing bloggers blasted me for being a liberal sellout for my fierce defense of Trayvon Martin. During George Zimmerman’s trial, my email inbox...
  • Eugene Robinson Claims No Evidence Michael Brown's Hands Weren't Up

    12/02/2014 11:26:16 AM PST · by PJ-Comix · 47 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | December 2, 2014 | P.J. Gladnick
    Hands Up! Don't Shoot! It's the gesture now making the rounds of football fields to Congress to a host of other places that is based on Ferguson myth. So what happens when someone who buys into the myth, such as Eugene Robinson of the Washington Post, is challenged to back it up with facts? Well, the lame defense as you can see is the incredibly low standard that there is no evidence that his hands were never up. Here is Robinson on Morning Joe today setting the evidence bar subterranean low:
  • Scarborough Rips Media 'Cowards' Spewing 'BS' About Ferguson

    12/01/2014 5:57:46 AM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 18 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    As Seton Motley, the former MRCer now head of Limited Government said in bringing Joe Scarborough's comments to our attention: "credit when it's due." Because the Morning Joe host had the guts this today to speak truth to MSM power, including people at his own network, over the liberal media's cowardly, misleading coverage of Ferguson. Scarborough tied the media's misinformation to the decision of five members of the St. Louis Rams to take the field last night in a "hands-up, don't shoot" gesture. Said Scarborough: "they might as well have come out with a flying saucer attached to all of...
  • Scarborough: Trayvon Was Chased and Shot 'Because He Was Black'

    11/24/2014 5:46:16 AM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 58 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    You'd think Joe Scarborough would have learned by now to avoid inflammatory statements about the Trayvon Martin case. Back when that case first broke, Scarborough immediately branded George Zimmerman a "murderer." But there was Scarborough at it again this morning. On today's Morning Joe, he sought to contrast the Michael Brown case with that of Trayvon Martin. In Ferguson, "we don't know the evidence," said Joe. Whereas in the Trayvon Martin case, Scarborough said "you had a guy chase a guy around a neighborhood and shoot him because he was black." View the video here.
  • 'Morning Joe' to Congressional Republicans: Ignore Rush Limbaugh

    11/07/2014 9:20:32 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 43 replies
    Breitbart TV ^ | November 7, 2014
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)On his Wednesday radio show, conservative talk show host Rush Limbaugh emphatically stated that it was not the job of newly elected Republican majority in both chambers of Congress to govern, work together, find common ground or compromise. Instead, Limbaugh told his audience the message was clear, which was the American people wanted Congress to stop President Barack Obama. On MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” on Friday, host Joe Scarborough and Bloomberg Politics John Heilemann dismissed that suggestion from Limbaugh and warned Republicans not to follow that advice. “If you listen to talk radio and some of the right-wing, the far right...
  • Scarborough, Heilemann to GOP: Ignore Rush, Do Deals With Obama

    11/07/2014 5:20:20 AM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 52 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Rush Limbaugh likes to say that when the liberal media says "talk radio," they mean him. Rush's point was perfectly illustrated on today's Morning Joe. John Heilemann first spoke of "talk radio . . . howling" at Boehner and McConnell not to capitulate to President Obama. Just a moment later, Heilemann made explicitly clear whom he had in mind: "you got to listen to Rush Limbaugh for just one day right now." Then it was Joe Scarborough's turn to fulminate: "I keep hearing Rush Limbaugh, Rush Limbaugh, Rush Limbaugh." The message that Heilemann and Scarborough had for Republicans was clear:...
  • Todd Apologizes for Calling Race 'Fight Between Mob Families'

    11/03/2014 7:04:36 AM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 12 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    During a Morning Joe appearance late last month, Chuck Todd, as we reported, described the congressional race on Staten Island as a "fight between mob families." Not a great idea for a guy who not long before saw his comment that Alison Lundergan Grimes had "disqualified herself" made into a Mitch McConnell ad. Back on the show this morning, Todd offered an unqualified apology for his "mob families" hit, calling it "bad, wrong" and a "cheap slur." But that didn't stop Joe Scarborough from trying to turn it into a joke and make things about himself. View the video here.
  • Scarborough: Obama's Self-Righteous Quarantine Hypocrisy 'A Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker Moment'

    10/30/2014 6:20:22 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 14 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    You really have to watch the clip of President Obama strutting his self-righteous anger at states that are imposing Ebola quarantines. I, Barack thunders that such quarantines reflect a lack of leadership, and "that's not who I am." Thanks, sir, for letting us know what a strong leader you are. On today's Morning Joe, Joe Scarborough scalded President Obama's self-righteous hypocrisy. Mockingly quoting the President, Scarborough said "'This is America. And we do things differently.' Unless it's Barack Obama's overseeing the military." Where of course a quarantine is being imposed on soldiers returning from Ebola hot zones. In the unkindest...
  • Chuck Todd Says Staten Island Race 'Fight Between Mob Families'

    10/21/2014 5:42:21 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 13 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Did Chuck Todd just do it again? His comment a couple of weeks ago that Dem Alison Lundergan Grimes "disqualified herself" for refusing to say whether she voted for Barack Obama was quickly made into an ad by the McConnell campaign. On today's Morning Joe, Todd made a highly quotable claim about another race. Todd described the campaign for a congressional seat in a district located in Staten Island and parts of Brooklyn as "a fight between mob families." That sent Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough scrambling to disassociate themselves from the Meet the Press moderator. And at the end...
  • Wasserman Schultz Won't Say if Voting 'D' = Continuation of Policies of 'O'

    10/22/2014 5:39:59 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 8 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Add Debbie Wasserman Schultz to the list of Dem politicians running away from Barack Obama. Kind of ironic, no, given that DWS is Chair of the Dem party and President Obama is its standard bearer? On today's Morning Joe, repeatedly pressed by Joe Scarborough as to whether voting for Dem candidates means a continuation of President Obama's policies, Wasserman Schultz refused to answer. Instead, the DNC Chair trotted out shop-worn lines about Obama not being on the ballot, Dems "having your back," etc. After she departed, Scarborough got in a goodbye shot: "It's ridiculous. People that voted with the president...
  • Sam Stein's Awful Argument Against Travel Ban: Helps America But Hurts West Africa

    10/17/2014 5:25:08 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 13 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    The last time we looked, Barack Obama was President of the United States, not of some other country. So if a ban on travel into the United States by people from Ebola-ravaged countries in West Africa would help America, isn't it President Obama's obligation to impose it, even if it might hurt those African countries? On today's Morning Joe, HuffPo's Sam Stein twice acknowledged that the ban might "help America." Yet he argued against the ban on the grounds that it would hurt West Africa and make it harder to track people fleeing those countries. You sensed Sam's heart wasn't...
  • Dem Deutsch Makes Case for Romney: 'We Kind of Made a Mistake Four Years Ago'

    10/15/2014 5:23:45 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 63 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    It was one thing for Joe Scarborough to make the case for Mitt Romney, arguing that these frightening times demand the kind of competence Romney offers. But on today's Morning Joe, it was stunning to hear a New York Dem like Donny Deutsch say something very similar. According to the ad man: "There is a psychological reason to go to Mitt Romney, and that is: wow! We kind of made a mistake four years ago. We get to do a do-over. He was right about Syria, he was right about a lot of things."View the video here.
  • Scarborough: 'Off the Air, Nobody Thinks Christie Can Win'

    10/14/2014 4:49:57 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 13 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Chris Christie might have millions of admirers across the country, people who love the Jersey governor's blunt style. But among the Republican media and political elites who populate Morning Joe, Christie's a no-hoper. That's what Joe Scarborough divulged on today's Morning Joe. Said Scarborough: "off the air in Republican circles . . . nobody thinks Christie can win." View the video here.
  • Scarborough Accuses Panetta of 'Lack of Character' For Criticizing Obama

    10/10/2014 4:38:11 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 34 replies
    Remember when dissent was patriotic? When people like Hillary Clinton screeched that "we have a right to disagree with any administration?" Forget about it. That's so, like, 2003. You know, when George W. Bush was President. Things are different today. Now, criticizing a sitting president is wrong. Very wrong. Just ask Joe Scarborough, who on today's Morning Joe accused Leon Panetta of a "lack of character" for criticizing President Obama in his book and public appearances. View the video here.
  • Scarborough and Matthews Squabble Like Schoolboys: 'It's My Show!'

    10/07/2014 5:32:39 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 12 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Early in today's Morning Joe, teasing Chris Matthews' upcoming appearance, Mika Brzezinski admonished "you two be nice now." They weren't. Yet again, the two MSNBC hosts came to verbal blows. The detonator wasn't political differences. Instead, the two MSNBC hosts squabbled over personal supremacy like a pair of eighth-grade boys in the schoolyard. Matthews was on a riff, offering a extended rundown of his predictions on the various Senate races. He didn't want to stop when Scarborough sought to interrupt. "Just a minute, Joe. Just a minute," insisted the Hardball host. Shot back Scarborough: "no, no. It's my show. I'm...
  • Quizzed About Current Muslim Extremism Threat, Mohyeldin Counters with Crusades

    10/06/2014 4:58:53 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 28 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Remember this the next time you see a report by Ayman Mohyeldin. The man NBC sends to report on doings in Muslim countries around the world is unwilling to say which extremism—Christian, Jewish or Muslim—poses the greatest current threat to civilization. When Joe Scarborough posed that very question to the NBC reporter on today's Morning Joe, Mohyeldin punted. Instead of talking about current threats, Mohyeldin reached back almost 1,000 years, countering with talk of the Crusades. View the video here.
  • Scarborough Scoffs at Thomas Friedman's Notion That ISIS Can Be Stopped With a Carbon Tax

    09/08/2014 8:03:41 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 23 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Abraham Maslow once suggested that if your only tool is a hammer, everything looks like a nail. If a carbon tax isn't the only tool on Thomas Friedman's belt, it's perhaps the most prominent one. So sure enough, when Friedman, as per his New York Times column of yesterday, looks at the dual threat to the United States posed by ISIS and Putin, his solution is, you guessed it, a carbon tax, coupled with freeing up US oil exports. Joe Scarborough struggled to stay respectful, but wound up citing Zbigniew Brzezinski's response in a similar situation: "I remember a couple...
  • The 65 people who might run for president in 2016

    08/21/2014 8:49:36 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 68 replies
    The Hill ^ | August 20, 2014 | Bob Cusack, Vivian Hughbanks and Tomas Navia
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)There are 65 prominent people who might run for president in 2016. The Democratic and Republican fields contrast sharply. Hillary Clinton is the clear front-runner, while there is no front-runner on the Republican side. Twenty-three Democrats have been mentioned as a candidate or are eyeing a bid, according to an analysis by The Hill. The GOP side has 42. Most of the people on this list won’t run, and some have adamantly claimed that they’re not interested. But many politicians have changed their minds on seeking the White House. Before mounting his 2008 bid, then-Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) said he...
  • Scarborough Defends 'No Strategy' Obama: 'Straight Out of The Art of War'

    08/29/2014 6:21:21 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 46 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Alexander the Great. Stonewall Jackson. George S. Patton. To this list of some of history's greatest military strategists, a new name must be added: that of Barack Obama. That is, if you agree with Joe Scarborough's take on President Obama's statement at yesterday's press conference that "we don't have a strategy yet" regarding possible attacks on ISIS in Syria. According to Scarborough, speaking on today's Morning Joe, President Obama's "no strategy" statement was "straight out of The Art of War where when you were weak, you make your enemies think you were strong. When you were strong, you make your...