Morning Joe: All smears and gossip, no news
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Morning Joe: All smears and gossip, no news

Posted May 15, 2017 02:00 PM by Chris Pandolfo Gossip pop art stock photo
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Pssst. Hey! Did you hear? Kellyanne Conway secretly hates Donald Trump. So goes the latest rumor from Joe Scarborough and his fiancée Mika Brzezinski.

The recently engaged hosts of “Morning Joe” on MSNBC claimed that White House counselor Kellyanne Conway told them off-camera that she was only working for Donald Trump for the money.

“This is a woman who came on our show, by the way, during the campaign and would shill for Trump in extensive fashion,” Brzezinski said, “and then she would get off the air, the camera would be turned off, the microphone would be turned off, and she would say, ‘bleh I need to take a shower.'”

"'I have to take a shower because it feels so dirty to be saying what I’m saying,'” Brzezinski said, doing a mock impression of Conway. "I guess she’s just used to it now.”

Scarborough joined in to make fun of Conway. "'I’m just doing this for the money, I’ll be off this soon,'” he said. "I don’t know that she ever said, ‘I’m doing this for the money,’ but this is just my summer vacation, my summer in Europe. And basically, I’m gonna get through this.”

This is an unbelievably juvenile attack on Conway’s character. It’s actually despicable: Scarborough and Brzezinski are asserting that Conway whores herself for a president she hates because the money’s good.

Not only despicable, this smear is also cowardly, because Scarborough blacklisted Conway from his program back in February, depriving her of the opportunity to defend herself on his show.

Further, the sources for the “Morning Joe” show’s pretend journalism are Mr. and Mrs. Pretend-journalist themselves. No one but Scarborough and Brzezinski can verify that Conway said those things, even if they are true.

These allegations are the cable news equivalent of grade-school gossip — malicious gossip. The only reason for Conway’s alleged feelings about the president to be discussed on “Morning Joe” is to both harm Conway’s reputation and disparage the president of the United States.

But that’s how “Morning Joe” operates. Call it a rumor mill. Call it #FakeNews. Scarborough and Brzezinski have repeatedly demonstrated that when it comes to the Trump administration, they are perfectly happy to blurt out whatever fanciful notion pops into their heads at any given moment and report it as fact.

"Several months ago, a foreign policy expert on the international level went to advise Donald Trump,” Scarborough said last August. “And three times [Trump] asked about the use of nuclear weapons. Three times he asked at one point if we had them why can't we use them," Scarborough claimed without naming his source. The Trump campaign flatly denied the report. It was never confirmed.

In March, Scarborough invented a conspiracy theory about how the president leaked his own tax returns to MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow – to cover for how that story imploded in glorious fashion.

Supporting evidence? None. Yet here Scarborough is, reporting his paranoid delusions as fact, countless times, after criticizing President Trump for neglecting to back up his claims with fact.

On top of that, the “Morning Joe” crew has speculated about the president’s mental state. Recently, Scarborough asserted that the president was displaying sings of dementia and later that he is “detached from reality.”

“I’ve been hearing it all weekend,” Scarborough said Monday.

Hearing from who, Joe?

“All the reports I’ve been hearing out of the White House is the president is running around screaming at television sets, he’s increasingly isolated, basically wanting to fire everybody but Kushner …”

What reports?

“He’s even at his club, reports at his club that he’s going off detached, almost detached from reality.”

Who told him that? Why is it the people who “report” these rumors never go on the record on “The Morning Joe” to talk about it? Whether it’s Trump’s mental condition or Kellyanne Conway’s personal feelings, you will not find a single source on the record to discuss these claims out and open.

What do you call a cable news television program that pushes unsubstantiated claims out as fact? Is that news? I call it bulls**t. 

Chris Pandolfo is a staff writer and type-shouter for Conservative Review. He holds a B.A. in politics and economics from Hillsdale College. His interests are conservative political philosophy, the American founding, and progressive rock. Follow him on Twitter for doom-saying and great album recommendations @ChrisCPandolfo.