On Monday’s episode of Morning Joe on MSNBC, hosts Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski, along with guest Mark Halperin, discussed the apparent double standard that seems to exist between the media’s response towards Republicans as opposed to their response toward Democrats. Specifically, Scarborough and Halperin were amazed that the media would explode over Rudy Giuliani’s comments, but no one seemed to care when President Bush was called unpatriotic… and far worse.
Scarborough specifically mentioned the attacks levied by Keith Olbermann and Nancy Pelosi, but he could have also cited Alan Grayson, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Harry Reid and… President Barack Obama himself.
That clip always makes me laugh, because not only does then Senator Obama call President Bush unpatriotic, he also attacks him for running up the debt (which Bush should have been attacked for)… when Obama had already passed Bush’s total debt mark by the end of his first term!
Anyway, you get the point. It’s totally hypocritical and should be unacceptable.
Mika Brzezinski: Josh Earnest was absolutely right. And quite frankly, I question the patriotism of someone who questions the president’s patriotism without any policy that he’s talking about behind there or any decision that he’s made behind it just genuinely questioning his patriotism. He doesn’t own 9/11. He was great during 9/11 but, my god, his comments were off the hook. They were crazy.
Joe Scarborough: Can I say I think they were off the hook, too? But again, I just have to bring up, again, if Democrats are going to beat their chest in self righteous indignation, I’m sorry. How many times have Democrats called George W. Bush or Republicans unpatriotic over the past 10, 15 years?
Mark Halperin: It’s a huge double standard in the media.
Joe Scarborough: It happens all the time.
Mark Halperin: Every reporter has to look at this as a case and say this is a standard we’re going to hold everybody to or a double standard?
Joe Scarborough: Or just Republicans?
Mika Brzezinski: Something didn’t seem off and random about it?
Joe Scarborough: I didn’t hear you going on a tirade any time Democrats call Republicans unpatriotic. Keith Olbermann on this network said some of the most horrific things about the president of the United States. I didn’t see people’s hair going up in flames then. You were certainly here when Keith Olbermann would say things at night on this network that would make Rudy Giuliani look like he was at a tea party.
Mika Brzezinski: I think that is a false parallel.
Joe Scarborough: No, it’s not a false parallel. And I heard nobody in the mainstream media’s hair catching on fire going crazy. He got away with it for years.
Mark Halperin: What if Dick Cheney had nestled the hair of a woman at the White House for 23 seconds. What would the reaction of the press had been?
Mika Brzezinski: I don’t know.
Joe Scarborough: Oh my god. What do you mean, you don’t know. Don’t play dumb.
Mika Brzezinski: I’m not playing dumb.
Mark Halperin: Charges would have been brought against him.
Mika Brzezinski: It’s how you do it. It’s all in the delivery.