On Tuesday’s CBS This Morning, co-anchor Gayle King was charmed by Democratic Senate candidate Mark Pryor’s selfie with Bill Clinton as she effused: “Everybody likes a selfie.”
However King, nor anyone else at CBS, has yet to report on the Arkansas Senator’s response to a basic question about ebola that was so awkward it went viral and even caused MSNBC’s Mika Brzezinski, on Tuesday's Morning Joe, to shout: “Stop it!” four times before she ridiculed: “A sweet, little, nice, gentle question, and the guy just collapsed!”
The following transcript is from the October 7 edition of CBS’s This Morning:
GAYLE KING: Arkansas Democratic Senator Mark Pryor is having trouble framing his re-election campaign. So he turned to a famous former governor for help during a campaign stop on Monday.
SEN. MARK PRYOR: Mr. President, or should I say grandpa, grandpa? Can I get a selfie? Right! Let’s do it! Let’s do it! Hold on. Let’s do it! We’re gonna do it! Right there! Hey there, we got it!
KING: (inaudible) Says “Hold on, hold on.” And off it went to Pryor’s campaign twitter feed. He’s locked in a tight race that will help determine control of the Senate. Everybody likes a selfie. It’s here to stay.
NORAH O’DONNELL: Yeah and Bill Clinton is apparently one of the rare Democratic surrogates that could actually make a difference in that race.
Newsbusters' Randy Hall wrote about the Morning Joe team mocking Pryor. On October 7, MSNBC’s Morning Joe played the following exchange between MSNBC’s Kasie Hunt and Pryor:
KASIE HUNT: Do you think that the Obama administration has done an appropriate job handling the Ebola crisis?
MARK PRYOR: Uuuuuuuuummmmmmmm. I would say that it’s hard to know because I haven’t heard the latest briefing on that to know all -- I read the paper and all. But my impression is that we have people over there, both from the CDC [Centers for Disease Control and Prevention] and other medical-type people and even some engineers to try to build, you know, medical facilities. That’s what they need over there. They need the medical infrastructure.