Hands Off Joe Scarborough!
Long time readers to this blog know I am no fan of Donald Trump. I think he is tasteless, lacks any serious understanding of issues, and serves as a bad example for our political system.
Readers will also note I am always desirous of good conversations and true political back-and-forth. I know the difference between a true reporter and a talk show host. I fully understand the need to draw hard ethical lines with matters, such as with the problems which surrounded Brain Williams vs. what is now percolating about Joe Scarborough.
While Scarborough is a conservative Republican he is also a top-notch political analyst. He is able to pitch the virtues of a candidate on the one hand and also politely debone the carcass of an empty suit. The manner that he assembles a truly top-notch group of reporters and pundits for his weekday morning show on MSNBC makes the show a must stop if one if wanting to truly understand the real topics making the political world buzz.
So it comes as a jolt to me that some folks who reside outside reality are now attempting to undermine Scarborough and his show based on his comments about Donald Trump.
CNN reporter Dylan Byers spoke with several highly-placed sources within MSNBC and was told that Scarborough’s on-air attitude towards Trump is making some at the network very uncomfortable:
“In background discussions, NBC News and MSNBC journalists, reporters and staffers said there was widespread discomfort at the network over Scarborough’s friendship with Trump and his increasingly favorable coverage of the candidate.
“‘People don’t like that Joe is promoting Trump,’ one MSNBC insider said. Others described Scarborough’s admiration for Trump as ‘over the top’ and ‘unseemly.’
“Four of those sources also said that the growing media scrutiny over the two men’s relationship has caused the network’s leadership to more closely monitor Scarborough’s comments. ‘The higher-ups are definitely aware about what’s going on,’ said another person within MSNBC. ‘It’s an issue.’”
While I have chided the news media for allowing Trump such easy access to live programs it also needs to be noted that Scarborough has stated that other candidates who wanted to connect with his show have the same phone number as Trump has. The problem is that too many candidates are over-handled and care not to engage in the free-for-all type conversation that can be a part of such interviews on Morning Joe. Just ask Rick Santorum what it felt like to be stripped of his last shred of political credibility when attempting to make the case that Marco Rubio had actually accomplished anything while a senator. If you plan to show up for Morning Joe make sure to bring your A-Game.
I certainly would have a different policy than just allowing for every Trump phone call to the show to be aired. But I also know that my political thoughts and foundations are not so shaky that I want Scarborough tossed off the show for some perceived bond that he has with a presidential candidate.
He is not reporter, nor does he pretend to be one.
Scarborough is bright, tough, opinionated, and able to measure the political world and offer a solid summary. That is what politicos like myself desire. So leave him the hell alone!