MSNBC host Joe Scarborough pounded President Obama for criticizing Fox News at a poverty summit. Watch here:
"I don't know where to start," the host said after playing Obama's clip from yesterday. "In a bipartisan summit you decide to attack a cable news channel as the problem and saying that Roger Ailes calls people leeches and that Roger Ailes's netowrk calls people leeches, sponges, and lazy, that, first of all, at a summit that's supposed to bring both sides together on poverty is stunning to me.
"Secondly -- and I guess this is the problem -- Barack Obama says if we are to change the way that John Boehner and Mitch McConnell think, then we have to change -- change the way they think? Is he really the sole arbitor of what is right and just? Is he the only one who cares about the poor? Could it be that a lot of people like me don't think that a top-down approach and trickle-down liberalism works any more than trickle-down conservatism? The arrogance to say if we are to change the way our opponents think -- you know what? Maybe he needs the change the way he thinks. The arrogance of it all is staggering."
Scarborough called it an "illuminating moment" in Obama's presidency and said he was "embarrassed for him."
MSNBC's Joe Scarborough got in a heated debate with colleague Chuck Todd Thursday morning over whether the father of recently released POW Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl should be subject to criticism over his actions. Scarborough criticized the Obama administration for including Bob Bergdahl in a Rose Garden announcement on Saturday to announce the release of Bowe in exchange for five Taliban officials who had been detained at Guantanamo Bay.
“Joe, Joe, let's not. Don’t criticize the parents,” Todd replied. “Don’t criticize the parents in here."
MSNBC host Joe Scarborough, a former Republican congressman, claimed today that a New York Times editor confided in him that Paul Krugman's column is "their biggest nightmare." Scarborough wouldn't reveal which Times editor told him that, and he said it was told to him "off the record."
This morning, as MSNBC's Morning Joe came to an end, co-host Mika Brzezinski had some praise for colleagues and the company she works for. "We've been talking a lot this week about women and equal pay and all these issues," she said. "I have to say, in all seriousness, I'm very lucky to be working with you [co-host Joe Scarborough] and for a company [MSNBC] who has actually dealt with this problem transparently."
This is just fun TV. Rudy keeps it nice and clean while Scarborough plays bad cop. Scarborough's lines about Huffington's former support of Newt Gingrich and her run for California governor are particularly delicious.