During the past several days, people in the “mainstream media” have taken advantage of every opportunity to criticize President Donald Trump, and if that's not possible, they'll go after any member of his staff or even people in his family.
The latest example of this tactic came on Wednesday's edition of Morning Joe on MSNBC, when co-host Mika Brzezinski declared that White House Counselor Kellyanne Conway would never be a guest on the program “as long as I'm on it” because “I don't believe in 'fake news' for information that is not true. Every time I've ever seen her on television, something's askew, off or incorrect.”
Brzezinski began the segment by stating: “At times in recent days, Kellyanne Conway has struggled to stay on the same page, to say the least, as the rest of the staff at the White House.”
She then showed a clip of Conway stating during a television appearance on Monday that General Michael Flynn “does enjoy the full confidence of the president” hours prior to Flynn's resignation.
The next video Brzezinski aired was from the following afternoon, when Press Secretary Sean Spicer stated that Trump was “speaking to Vice President Pence relative to the conversation the vice president had with General Flynn and also speaking to various other people about what he considers the single most important subject there is: our national security.”
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Other clips showed Conway on several cable television news programs making remarks that were contradicted by Spicer, or she was told her comments “make no sense” since the White House knew about the potential threat Flynn posed because his conversations with the Russian ambassador put him at risk of being blackmailed.
Brzezinski then stated that co-host Joe Scarborough “was just saying that she books herself on these shows, and we know for a fact that she tries to book herself on this show. I won't do it because I don't believe in 'fake news' for information that is not true. Every time I've ever seen her on television, something's askew, off or incorrect.”
“Right,” Scarborough agreed.
“I will say,” Brzezinski also stated, “Kellyanne Conway does not need to text our show, just as long as I’m on it because it’s not happening here.”
Scarborough also criticized the Presidential adviser by stating:
She's out of the loop, she's in none of the key meetings, she goes out and books herself often. I saw some of the headlines yesterday and felt badly because the language I used was harsh, and I'm going to take it back about her “lying.”
I think it is equally as bad that a spokesperson for the White House actually goes out and makes things up. She doesn't know, she doesn't have the information, … she's not briefed, and so she'll go out like she did yesterday: She'll hear me say something about her, ... and then she'll immediately start calling, and she calls people that go on TV and defend herself.
“She's not credible anymore,” Brzezinski asserted.
“And then she goes on the Today show,” Scarborough continued, “gives misinformation as she does on all of these shows, and again, I don't even think she 's saying something that she knows is untrue.”
“She's just saying things just to get in front of the TV set and prove her relevance behind the scenes,” he continued.
The male co-host then asked guest Rick Tyler, who served as the communications director for the Ted Cruz presidential campaign: “Why does the President allow her to keep going out and spreading false information?”
“It's really quite unbelievable,” Tyler asserted as he also hammered Conway. “This is really a crisis of incompetence, and that's just the tip of it. All the rest of it has the hallmarks of a scandal.”
There's not a coherent message coming out of the White House, and the people aren't coordinating, and all this leads to a lot of questions.
General Flynn was clearly in touch with the Russians through the campaign, and it's hard for me to believe that the president-elect or the candidate at the time didn't know what was going on.
After all the pounding Conway received during that segment, it's very unlikely she will try to book herself as a target for the hosts and guests on Morning Joe for a really long time.
Here's a thought for Brzezinski and Scarborough: If you two are so offended by having guests that you believe to be not credible, why haven't you spoken up about serial liar Brian Williams having his very own show? Just wondering.