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MSNBC's Scarborough: 'Do You Think' Mrs. Fred Thompson 'Works the Pole'?
NewsBusters.org ^ | Ken Shepherd

Posted on 06/04/2007 8:48:07 PM PDT by SandRat

Conservative blogs are abuzz with a controversial remark MSNBC's Joe Scarborough made on his Friday "Morning Joe" program about Jeri Thompson, the wife of former Sen. Fred Thompson (R-Tenn.), who is mulling over a White House bid.

Hot Air has the video.

Here's the relevant transcript:

JOE SCARBOROUGH, host, "Morning Joe": Have you seen, um, have you seen Fred Thompson's wife?

CRAIG CRAWFORD, Congressional Quarterly: Oh, yeah!

SCARBOROUGH: You think she works the pole?

CRAWFORD: That's what Hollywood careers will do for you, I guess.

SCARBOROUGH: [Laughs] What do you mean?

CRAWFORD: You get wives like that.

SCARBOROUGH: I mean, look at that guy. God bless him, I love his voice, but I mean, you know, he ain't Robert Redford in 'Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.'

CRAWFORD: Well, I'd like to see him get back into politics, 'cause I think he's a lousy actor!

Michelle Malkin is critical of the comments, noting that Scarborough replaced Don Imus, who was canned for his "nappy-headed hos" remark about the Rutgers women's basketball team:

Scarborough owes Thompson and his wife an apology.

Be a man, Joe. Would you let someone publicly joke about your wife that way?

On May 11, NewsBusters contributor Noel Sheppard documented Scarborough's kid glove treatment of Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-N.Y.):

SCARBOROUGH: There's been such a division in this country. I really do think that people are exhausted, and they're looking for a president who can unite the country. . . And a lot of people who probably said some very nasty things about you in the 1990s, are extraordinarily impressed with the type of leadership you provided since you've been in the Senate, how you have been a unifying force.

Last November, NewsBusters senior editor Rich Noyes noticed that Scarborough, a former Republican congressman from Florida, declared of his pre-election coverage, "I have been bashing my party more than the Democratic Party."



TOPICS: Culture/Society; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: fredthompson; insult; msnbc; scarborough
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1 posted on 06/04/2007 8:48:12 PM PDT by SandRat
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To: SandRat

Does Joe Scarborough?


2 posted on 06/04/2007 8:49:31 PM PDT by Paleo Conservative
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To: SandRat
There are no conservatives on MSNBC.

No conservative should be watching MSNBC.

3 posted on 06/04/2007 8:50:55 PM PDT by LdSentinal
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To: SandRat

What happened to Joe?


4 posted on 06/04/2007 8:51:19 PM PDT by pissant
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To: SandRat

Now Scarborough can add “rude and insulting” to his bona fides, to go along with “ignorant”, “naive”, and “whore”. What an asshole.


5 posted on 06/04/2007 8:51:56 PM PDT by Mad_Tom_Rackham (Elections have consequences.)
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To: pissant

He was co-opted by the gliterati.


6 posted on 06/04/2007 8:52:27 PM PDT by SandRat (Duty, Honor, Country. What else needs to be said?)
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To: SandRat
How did this human Scarborough degenerated for such a low life after claiming to be a conservative Republican and was a Congressman from Florida for 8 years? The answer is: Butt Kissing the liberal media and his left wing lunatics bosses at MSNBC. What a shame.
7 posted on 06/04/2007 8:52:43 PM PDT by jveritas (Support The Commander in Chief in Times of War)
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To: pissant

What happened to Joe?

Too many media cocktail parties.


8 posted on 06/04/2007 8:53:44 PM PDT by keepitreal
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To: SandRat

Shame on Joe for bringing the level of discourse down...he’s not a comedian. That said, ‘she works the pole’ or ‘does she work the pole?’ are hilarious phrases.


9 posted on 06/04/2007 8:53:50 PM PDT by Swordfished
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To: pissant; SandRat
What happened to Joe?

He sold out to MSNBC's agenda when they hired him.

10 posted on 06/04/2007 8:54:04 PM PDT by jazusamo (http://warchronicle.com/TheyAreNotKillers/DefendOurMarines.htm)
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To: SandRat

What an outrageous comment!!! How is that any less insulting than what Imus said?


11 posted on 06/04/2007 8:55:00 PM PDT by stockstrader (We need a conservative candidate who will UNITE the Party, not a liberal one to DIVIDE it!)
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To: SandRat

I think he’s decided his future is in the media and you get ahead in the media (especially MSNBC) by being a liberal, or at least a liberal Republican. He’s sold out and become part of that culture now. He’s not worth listening to anymore IMO.


12 posted on 06/04/2007 8:55:31 PM PDT by Reagan is King (u)
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To: SandRat

Joe’s just jealous because Fred Thompson’s wife has a “pole” to “work” unlike his sexually frustrated wife.


13 posted on 06/04/2007 8:55:53 PM PDT by no dems ( Dear God, how much longer are you going to let Ted Kennedy and Robert Byrd live?)
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To: Mad_Tom_Rackham

He should be glad of the changes to the US Constitution.

Andrew Jackson took serious offense at a reporter of his day for insulting his (Jackson’s) wife to the great regret of the reporter after a dawn meeting on the field of honor with seconds present.


14 posted on 06/04/2007 8:55:54 PM PDT by SandRat (Duty, Honor, Country. What else needs to be said?)
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To: Politicalmom
The hit pieces on Fred’s wife have begun.
15 posted on 06/04/2007 8:56:14 PM PDT by RatsDawg
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To: SandRat

Roger that.


16 posted on 06/04/2007 8:57:53 PM PDT by Mad_Tom_Rackham (Elections have consequences.)
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To: SandRat

“I really do think that people are exhausted, and they’re looking for a president who can unite the country. . .”

Doesn’t that statement always mean “time to kowtow” to the marxist degenerates that infest the DNC?

for awhile now, “coming together” and/or “bipartisan” has meant capitulation to the destroyers.


17 posted on 06/04/2007 8:58:10 PM PDT by Grimmy (equivocation is but the first step along the road to capitulation)
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To: Paleo Conservative
Scarborough? Pole? Work? Make your own homosexual joke. I'm just sayin'..

He owes an apology. He should be IMUSed and then Fred should kick his narrow ass.

18 posted on 06/04/2007 8:58:42 PM PDT by LimaLimaMikeFoxtrot ("If you don't have my army supplied, and keep it supplied, we'll eat your mules up, sir"-Gen.Sherman)
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To: SandRat

Joe’s just probably worried about the FBI files that Hillary has on him.


19 posted on 06/04/2007 8:58:46 PM PDT by Azzurri
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To: SandRat
Not much distance between pole and nappy, Joe are you and the Fairy still buddies??
20 posted on 06/04/2007 8:59:07 PM PDT by org.whodat (What's the difference between a Democrat and a republican????)
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To: SandRat

I guess he thinks folks really miss Imus and he’s trying to be just as nasty.


21 posted on 06/04/2007 8:59:13 PM PDT by SuziQ
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To: SandRat

The Ann Coulter post-a-picture rule should apply to all threads about Mrs. Fred!


22 posted on 06/04/2007 8:59:26 PM PDT by lightman (If false accusation was rare it wouldn't be in the Ten Commandments!)
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To: pissant

Frankly nothing. Joe has always been a lying piece of scum hiding behind “conservatism” when it was riding high to get ahead.

I’ve hated his lying guts from the first time I ever say him on TV as a representative. He was a media whore then and is still now.


23 posted on 06/04/2007 8:59:31 PM PDT by Fledermaus (The Republican party is dead! Let's start over.)
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To: Swordfished
That said, ‘she works the pole’ or ‘does she work the pole?’ are hilarious phrases.

Yeah, the laughter is deafening.

Can someone please close the sarcasm tags for me......I'm too doubled up with laughter at the moment.

25 posted on 06/04/2007 9:00:34 PM PDT by hole_n_one
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To: RatsDawg
And it shows how much they fear him that they are starting that so early. I bet Joe wouldn’t be able to make eye contact without wetting his drawers.
26 posted on 06/04/2007 9:00:59 PM PDT by Uriah_lost ("build bridges where you can - but draw lines where you must." -Fred D Thompson)
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To: Grimmy
As a somewhat humorous aside the far left is planning to protest the DNC Denver convention in a manner that will make the 1968 Chicago DNC Demonstration pale in comparison.

All I can say about that is...

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27 posted on 06/04/2007 9:01:46 PM PDT by SandRat (Duty, Honor, Country. What else needs to be said?)
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To: SandRat
Keith Dobermann must be working his “Puppet” strings.
28 posted on 06/04/2007 9:02:05 PM PDT by ustanker (Secure the border!)
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To: SandRat

In May 2001 America was gripped by the 24/7 cable/network/press coverage of a missing congressional ex-intern, Chandra Levy. A couple of months later a second congressional aide turns up dead and virtually ignored by the media.

Two congressional aides, one missing and one dead, within months of one another is highly unusual – a story in itself, eh?

At the same time Gary Condit was being followed by video cams and a hungry press, the Ft Walton Police Dept came out in their first press conference saying their was no indication of foul play in the death of Lori Klausutis, the aide of Joe Scarborough., found dead in the Congressman’s Fort Walton Beach office.

Whoa, Nellie, unless the FWBPD had a video or eye witness they could not make that immediate statement about a woman found alone, dead, in the office of a US Congressman, or anywhere, with an unexplained injury to her head.

Why would the FWBPD do that? At request of Joe or at the request of the family of Lori Klausutis? But that is the classic way to shut out the media and any further inquiry. The good old boys closed ranks from the start. I could hear the backroom police chatter, “We ain’t letting those New York City types tell us what to do.”

That’s when the rumors began – and was fueled even more when the public (mainly on the Internet, because mainstream media was absent) learned of the injury to Lori’s head AFTER the FWBPD made that initial clairvoyant statement.


29 posted on 06/04/2007 9:03:02 PM PDT by bray (The co-clintons freed more terrorists then they killed)
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To: SandRat
That expression is so uncouth I really didn't know what it meant. I thought at first it meant a pole as in the pole in a go go bar. And I'm not too naive in these areas.

To her credit, my wife always disliked Joe Scarborough for pandering to the left.

30 posted on 06/04/2007 9:04:48 PM PDT by Williams
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To: SandRat

Ask Joe what happened to Lori Klausutis?


31 posted on 06/04/2007 9:08:18 PM PDT by borntoraisehogs
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To: lightman
Then we’d be as salacious as Joe.
32 posted on 06/04/2007 9:08:40 PM PDT by SandRat (Duty, Honor, Country. What else needs to be said?)
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To: SandRat
Absolutely disgusting. (Although we (the GOP) did lower the bar by bringing oral sex into politics.)

Nonetheless — I now know why Joe’s nose is bright red all the time. What a lush!

OTOH — I think Fred is going to have an issue with “Trophy Wife” syndrome. Women voters don’t like that at all.

33 posted on 06/04/2007 9:11:45 PM PDT by Sleeping Beauty
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To: Williams

“I thought at first it meant a pole as in the pole in a go go bar.”

Were it that polite,... the inference was more to the thinking of Larry Flynt of ‘Hustler Magazine.’


34 posted on 06/04/2007 9:13:28 PM PDT by SandRat (Duty, Honor, Country. What else needs to be said?)
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To: borntoraisehogs

Just the facts: Scarborough got a divorce. Then he suddenly resigned from Congress, just six months after re-election. (Invoked old fallback excuse of wanting to “spend more time” with children.) Then he suddenly resigned as publisher of the Independent Florida Sun. Then, just as suddenly, Lori Klausutis, 28-year-old staffer to Scarborough, was found dead in Scarborough’s district office in Fort Walton Beach, Florida. Date was July 20, 2001. Cause of death: Blow to the head. Conclusion: Heart condition caused her to collapse, fall, hit head on a desk, and die. Story barely a blip on the radar. Lots of people left with lots of questions.


35 posted on 06/04/2007 9:15:09 PM PDT by bray (The co-clintons freed more terrorists then they killed)
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To: SandRat

They’ll need to schedule following conventions in Pyongyang. The DNC moves any farther to the left and we can expect them to start a process of political purification through purges and assassinations within their own ranks.


36 posted on 06/04/2007 9:17:06 PM PDT by Grimmy (equivocation is but the first step along the road to capitulation)
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To: pissant

His conservatism must have been put in a blind trust as part of his MSNBC contract.


37 posted on 06/04/2007 9:17:47 PM PDT by WOSG (Stop Illegal Immigration. Call your Senator today. Senate Switchboard at 202-224-3121.))
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To: Sleeping Beauty

Oh, that’s silly.

I find this all hilarious. Trying to find fault with Fred and his wife.

Women voters will have problems with Fred’s wife?

No.........nada. Not gonna happen.

Hillary .....not what’s a problem.


38 posted on 06/04/2007 9:18:37 PM PDT by Shortstop7
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To: borntoraisehogs
Ask Joe what happened to Lori Klausutis?

Heck, ask Joe what happened to Charles Dickinson .


39 posted on 06/04/2007 9:19:26 PM PDT by Plutarch
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To: stockstrader

stockstrader wrote: “How is that any less insulting than what Imus said?”

Not a bit. That’s the point. Joe Scuzzboreough should get the full Imus treatment:

1. public apology
2. fired

Contact MSNBC now, and tell them that Joe must go!

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/10285339/


40 posted on 06/04/2007 9:19:49 PM PDT by Josh Painter ("You've got to secure the border first before you do anything else." - Fred Thompson)
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To: SandRat
Disgusting POS. Crawl back under the rock you came out of.

BTW, joe, your wife is so ugly, makeup is afraid of her.

:O)

P
America. Together. Again
Fred Thompson/JC Watts in '08

41 posted on 06/04/2007 9:20:14 PM PDT by papasmurf (<<<<< Click there to see my dogs! Oh, and I have FRed one liners, too.)
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To: Sleeping Beauty
(Although we (the GOP) did lower the bar by bringing oral sex into politics.)

I've tried to compose a response, but, the only word that keeps popping into my head is........

idiot.

42 posted on 06/04/2007 9:21:06 PM PDT by hole_n_one
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To: SandRat

Disgusting beyond belief. Scumborough owes Jeri and Fred Thompson a very public apology.

Fred ought to ask Joe to discuss the problem, man-to-man. Either Joe will immediately need new underwear, or he’ll need a lot more than a bit of make-up to be presentable for TV.

Of course, Fred can’t do that - but I look forward to hearing what he has to say about it. Joe isn’t the only one with a microphone.


43 posted on 06/04/2007 9:22:31 PM PDT by Ancesthntr
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To: Azzurri

Azzurri wrote: “Joe’s just probably worried about the FBI files that Hillary has on him.”

The Hillabeast must know how that dead intern got into Joe’s office.


44 posted on 06/04/2007 9:22:39 PM PDT by Josh Painter ("You've got to secure the border first before you do anything else." - Fred Thompson)
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To: hole_n_one
That said, ‘she works the pole’ or ‘does she work the pole?’ are hilarious phrases.

Yeah, the laughter is deafening.

I assume the phrase refers to a stripper's pole. Wouldn't be so funny if it is a euphemism for something more vulgar.

45 posted on 06/04/2007 9:24:05 PM PDT by Swordfished
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To: Sleeping Beauty; Lijahsbubbe
OTOH — I think Fred is going to have an issue with “Trophy Wife” syndrome. Women voters don’t like that at all.

Most of those women would probably vote for Hillary! anyway. Besides, the Thompsons have two small children. Family values and all that. More importantly, what effect will the eye candy have on the male vote?

46 posted on 06/04/2007 9:24:07 PM PDT by Thinkin' Gal
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To: Shortstop7
I find this all hilarious. Trying to find fault with Fred and his wife.

Women voters will have problems with Fred’s wife?

I bet you don't watch the Lifetime channel. Or daytime women's talk shows.

Speaking as an anthropologist -- fasten your seatbelt...

47 posted on 06/04/2007 9:24:54 PM PDT by Sleeping Beauty
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To: Swordfished
I assume the phrase refers to a stripper's pole. Wouldn't be so funny if it is a euphemism for something more vulgar.

What do you think?

Did you just fall off the turnip truck?

48 posted on 06/04/2007 9:27:25 PM PDT by hole_n_one
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To: Plutarch
Dang, my link didn't work. This should: Charles Dikinson .
49 posted on 06/04/2007 9:28:13 PM PDT by Plutarch
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To: Plutarch

The complete link http://people.colgate.edu/palvarado/famous4.html


50 posted on 06/04/2007 9:28:46 PM PDT by SandRat (Duty, Honor, Country. What else needs to be said?)
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