Sep 13, 2012 No Comments ›› Chuck Biscuits
Excerpted from Newsbusters: It appears that even quasi-conservative Joe Scarborough won’t put up with the ridiculous statements that appear on his network anymore. Such was the case during an interview with Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) on Thursday’s Morning Joe that centered on the mob attack on the U.S. embassy in Cairo and the deadly attack by Islamists on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya.
McCain was asked by Scarborough whether or not Governor Romney should have waited several days to hold a press conference on Libya and Egypt, prompting the Senator to comment that he wasn’t about to give Romney tactical campaign adivce and that “the fact is the United States in the Middle East is weak” under Obama and that Romney had to address “the big picture.” [See video below break. MP3 audio here.]
Scarborough then used the opportunity to smack down Barnicle for comments made on Wednesday’s program when he hosted the show in Joe’s place:
Well, Senator, as you know, when Mika and I are off the show, Morning Joe turns into the “young Marxist variety hour.” So we cannot be held responsible for anything that was said here yesterday when people like [Mike] Barnicle were running the ship.
Barnicle had suggested that Pastor Terry Jones — the minister who promoted an unknown anti-Islamic film that led to the attacks in Egypt and Lybia — should be prosecuted for Ambassador Stevens’ death.
It’s refreshing to see Scarborough stand up when hosts like Barnicle make ridiculous statements like the one he made Wednesday. Scarborough’s admission that his show is filled with liberal guests Is nothing new to us at NewsBusters, but his open condemnation of Barnicle needs to occur more frequently to prevent Morning Joe from being a ‘Marxist variety hour’ every day.