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The Incredible Shrinking Joe Scarborough
Human Events ^ | 02/17/2010 | L. Brent Bozell III

Posted on 02/17/2010 8:50:40 AM PST by rhema

I don't know when or where or even if Joe Scarborough's radio show airs in my area, nor do I care. The other night, a friend caught this clip from his radio show and sent it to me. It's about a blog that is published by the organization I head.

"NewsBusters, which just loves writing negative articles about me, I don't know why, a lot of really false ones and I don't know what's actually gotten into Brent Bozell, but he actually goes out of his way to write false articles about me now ...They just distort the news for their own purposes."

Now I know why MSNBC hired Joe Scarborough. He's about as accurate and honest as everyone else there.

False articles? Here's something he knows, because he and I have had this conversation privately already: I've never written a bloody article about him. Ever.

As for conservative bloggers at NewsBusters writing false articles about him, that is equally untrue. Have they sometimes been negative? Guilty as charged -- and for good reason. Increasingly, he's making statements that are stupid, reckless, provocative, insulting or a combination of all the above.

Scarborough regularly blasts the Republican Party as having betrayed its commitment to fiscal responsibility, limited government and anti-Wilsonian foreign policy. I can and do applaud him for that. But why go on a non-stop rant against George W. Bush for the audacity to launch the military surge in Iraq (yup, the one that won the war) and conclude it by declaring, "Is it not a stretch to say that many Republicans would have considered impeachment proceedings against Bill Clinton if this situation were identical?"

When Scarborough proudly proclaims that "I have been bashing my party more than the Democratic Party because I want to make sure that I am fair and down the middle," conservatives scratch their heads in disbelief. How does "bashing" your party make you "fair"? Joe, meet Non Sequitur.

That's Scarborough's problem. He bashes everyone and then whines when anyone complains.

Last Oct. 9, Scarborough was chatting with columnist Kathleen Parker and MSNBC loudmouth Lawrence O'Donnell. Parker jokingly asked if he was running for president. Scarborough replied that if he were, he wouldn't have Rush Limbaugh's vote.

"I think it's fascinating," he said. "You've got all these people (read: conservative talk show hosts Limbaugh, Levin, Hannity, O'Reilly, etc.) that sat there and said nothing while Republicans darted recklessly left with their spending, and suddenly, they are the arbiters of who's conservative. And you can only be conservative by being intolerant, by waving your arms around, by screaming, by calling the president a racist or a Nazi or a communist. Come on!"

From beginning to end, that statement is demonstrably false, a rather pathetic cheap shot, more and more resembling something custom-made for MSNBC. And Scarborough wonders why conservatives grow weary of him.

Scarborough apparently liked what he said because he repeated the ad hominem attacks in the Feb. 1 edition of Newsweek, where he was commissioned to write an article trashing the Tea Party movement. The title: "Is the Tea Party Over?" A snippet: "And in those throngs I also saw the faces of talk-show fans, pushed into action by the apocalyptic warnings of personalities like Rush Limbaugh and Glenn Beck. Those two right-wing talkers had spent the past year telling listeners that the Democratic president was a racist who somehow managed to find the time also to be a Nazi and a communist."

And then there's Sarah Palin. He's repeatedly insulted her, then publicly whined about conservatives being upset with him. Try this nugget: "It is such a disservice to compare Sarah Palin in any aspect to Howard Dean. Yes, because that is an insult to Howard Dean's intelligence."

Last week, he publicly bashed Fox's Bill Sammon for saying the media "hate" Palin with a rambling, condescending diatribe about how "they don't hate her," only to conclude that "they hated her in the press early on without knowing her because she was a pro-life woman," thus making Sammon's point.

Last week was the topper. He analyzed Fox News Sunday's interview with Palin: "Look at the end of Chris Wallace's interview where he rolls his eyes, embarrassed. There's no doubt he is ... Chris is sending a message to all his friends: yes, I know. She is not a serious thinker."

Wallace had a message, all right. Asked if he'd rolled his eyes, he shot back: "No is the quick answer to that. Secondly, let me just say that Joe Scarborough lives out where the trolleys don't run at night. The last time I heard of somebody getting that kind of secret message, it was Son of Sam hearing from a Labrador retriever that he should go out and shoot people. And I think that Morning Joe definitely needs to switch to decaf."


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial
KEYWORDS: boycottge; lyingliar; makingitup; media; msnbc; pravdamedia; propagandist; rino; scarborough; sellout; talkinghead

1 posted on 02/17/2010 8:50:41 AM PST by rhema
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To: rhema

Wallace had a message, all right. Asked if he’d rolled his eyes, he shot back: “No is the quick answer to that. Secondly, let me just say that Joe Scarborough lives out where the trolleys don’t run at night. The last time I heard of somebody getting that kind of secret message, it was Son of Sam hearing from a Labrador retriever that he should go out and shoot people. And I think that Morning Joe definitely needs to switch to decaf.”
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BAM!


2 posted on 02/17/2010 8:54:55 AM PST by Woebama (Never, never, never quit)
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To: rhema

I didn’t know Scarborough had a radio show. Apparently he is on WABC in New York 10-Noon.


3 posted on 02/17/2010 8:56:49 AM PST by iowamark
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To: rhema

Let’s see . . . Chris Wallace has a lucrative position at the highest rated cable news outlet in the history of humankind running the prestigious Sunday talk show.

Scarborough was exiled to MSNBC which now viewed only by conservative pundits who found a quick & easy way to get tons of good material for satire.

Guess I’m calling this one for Wallace.


4 posted on 02/17/2010 9:00:17 AM PST by jazminerose
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To: rhema

Good article by Bozell. HOORAY Chris Wallace!


5 posted on 02/17/2010 9:04:00 AM PST by PGalt
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To: rhema
Joe was dropped on his head as an adult.

Seriously, when he was in congress, he was quite conservative in his voting. Since he's joined the wide world of television, he's gone daft.

He's not so much gone liberal as he's gone crazy. Nobody likes an allegedly opinionated talking head who's opinions are all over the map. It reveals that he has no ideological core to his mindset. Which is another way of saying he's a confused simpleton just trying to say something that will make people like him.

6 posted on 02/17/2010 9:04:09 AM PST by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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To: rhema

Scarborough is a sellout.


7 posted on 02/17/2010 9:09:20 AM PST by KC_Conspirator
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To: KC_Conspirator

Joe the Schmoe is worse than a sellout. He is nothing but an unprincipled opportunist. During the primaries, when the received wisdom had Hillary already elected president, lil’ Joey Schmoey conducted an interview with her during which he groveled and apologized for voting to impeach her perjuring, evidence tampering, sexual pervert husband. I’m sure he felt that with the Clintons back in the saddle, MSNBC would have been pressured to give him his walking papers had he not conducted this nauseating and cowardly act of contrition.


8 posted on 02/17/2010 9:48:15 AM PST by attiladhun2 (The Free World has a new leader--his name is Benjamin Netanyahu)
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To: All

I am a glutton for punishment so I occasionally watch JoeScar.

This morning Scar was still putting down the Tea Party movement. He said they would only help a little in southern states.

Thank goodness Pat Buchanan pointed out that the teapartiers helped Scott Brown and will continue to help other candidates around the country.

About only 6000 people bought Scarborough’s book and about that number listen to his radio show. We conservatives can stand him and the left-wingers hate him. He is an equal opportunity jerk.


9 posted on 02/17/2010 10:15:55 AM PST by ClarenceThomasfan (President Bush will go down as one of our greatest presidents (next to Ronald Reagan))
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To: ClarenceThomasfan

I meant to say we conservatives CAN’T stand him.


10 posted on 02/17/2010 10:25:08 AM PST by ClarenceThomasfan (President Bush will go down as one of our greatest presidents (next to Ronald Reagan))
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To: attiladhun2
Joe Scarborough and Michael Savage are the worst or the worst.

They are like the devil who starts false religions as to counterfeit to the the real deal in a nut shell----

"For God so loved the world that whosoever believed in me (Jesus)shall not perish but have everlasting life."

People who follow them (some dumb freepers) do more harm to the Conservative movement then the liberals. They cut down the real disciples like Rush, Hannity, Levin, Palin, and more, just like the devil did to Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, etc.

These people that follow Joe Scarborough and Michael Savage are in a cult and they need help to get away!

11 posted on 02/17/2010 10:53:10 AM PST by factmart
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To: factmart

You’re an idiot! There’s no comparing sell-out Joe Scuzzbarough to the principled Savage.


12 posted on 02/17/2010 11:24:13 AM PST by whatisthetruth
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To: whatisthetruth
They are they same!! I listened to salvage for a while "Thank God I got Out" Joe Scarborough and Michael Savage are the worst or the worst.

They are like the devil who starts false religions as to counterfeit to the the real deal in a nut shell----,

"For God so loved the world that whosoever believed in me (Jesus)shall not perish but have everlasting life."

People who follow them (some dumb freepers) do more harm to the Conservative movement then the liberals. They cut down the real disciples like Rush, Hannity, Levin, Palin, and more, just like the devil did to Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, etc.

These people that follow Joe Scarborough and Michael Savage are in a cult and they need help to get away!

13 posted on 02/17/2010 11:32:04 AM PST by factmart
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To: rhema

“Morning Joe definitely needs to switch to decaf.”

LOL, must be something they put in the MSNBC water cooler to make them all say the crazy-talk.

It’s like Joe has to be a wee bit crazy to fit into a network that has Crazy Keith Doberman or Overbight or Older-mann or ... whatever.


14 posted on 02/17/2010 11:48:03 AM PST by WOSG (OPERATION RESTORE AMERICAN FREEDOM - NOVEMBER, 2010 - DO YOUR PART!)
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To: rhema
Wallace:"And I think that Morning Joe definitely needs to switch to decaf."


15 posted on 02/17/2010 12:38:46 PM PST by HowlinglyMind-BendingAbsurdity
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To: whatisthetruth
I remember when he first started on MSNBC he seemed like the only conservative voice on that network back in 2003 or so. Not sure what happened as he is pretty damn liberal now from what I read about him.

Joe during better times before he turned into a turncoat:


16 posted on 02/17/2010 1:10:32 PM PST by Blue Highway ("Judge me by the people with whom I surround myself" Barack Obama, Oct 15, 2008 Presidential debate)
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To: rhema
He's a damn mess. I can't explain what happened to him.

I don't like wiki at all, but his wiki page doesn't seem off base.

JOE SCARFACE

17 posted on 02/17/2010 1:22:45 PM PST by onyx (BE A MONTHLY DONOR - I AM)
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To: onyx

Scarbs used to always talk about how the elites just viewed middle america as fly over country. Now, his regular rotation of guests consists of Time, Newsweek, Daily Beast, The Nation, and NY Times.


18 posted on 02/17/2010 6:25:52 PM PST by MiltonFriedmanFan
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To: rhema; Impy; Clemenza; Clintonfatigued; darkangel82; AuH2ORepublican; GOPsterinMA

In a way, I’m glad this guy got out of Congress and into the tv biz, because he might’ve ended up embarrassing us had he gone to the Senate or Governorship. A total jerk and imbecile.


19 posted on 02/18/2010 1:49:44 AM PST by fieldmarshaldj (~"This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Alps !"~~)
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To: fieldmarshaldj; darkangel82

He’s found his true calling, that for sure. Media jerk is obviously what he was made for. I wonder if he’s a weak-willed sort that’s been effected by MSNBC peer pressure of if he’s always been a numbnuts.


20 posted on 02/19/2010 12:54:19 AM PST by Impy (RED=COMMUNIST, NOT REPUBLICAN | NO "INDIVIDUAL MANDATE"!!!!!!!)
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To: dead

Whatever happened to the dead girl found in his office?


21 posted on 02/19/2010 1:15:51 AM PST by Yaelle
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To: factmart

I believe Savage is a mental case, whereas Joey Schmoey knows this is the only gig he is likely ever to get in the media, and that it is a gig he will only keep if he bashes conservatives and kisses up to the likes of a Hillary.


22 posted on 02/22/2010 10:09:25 AM PST by attiladhun2 (The Free World has a new leader--his name is Benjamin Netanyahu)
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