Revisionist Mika Credits Dinkins, Not Giuliani, for NYC Crime-Stopping

December 12th, 2007 1:17 PM

Mika Brzezinski: back on the crime beat with another loopy liberal take on reality . . .

Yesterday, the resident lefty on the Morning Joe panel -- defying the facts of the volunteer guard who stopped the Colorado church shooter -- labeled as "the most inane thing" she'd ever heard the notion that one armed citizen could make a difference.

Today, in a breathtaking bit of revisionist history, Brzezinski tried to credit notoriously lax former Mayor David Dinkins rather than Rudy Giuliani for making NYC safe. So fierce was the return fire from Chris Matthews and Joe Scarborough that, as pictured here, Mika ultimately took refuge under a sheaf of paper.

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At about 8:10 AM ET, Matthews and Scarborough were discussing the way that, thanks to Giuliani, they felt safe in NYC at night.

JOE SCARBOROUGH: I can walk around the streets of New York City at two in the morning and not be afraid for my life.

CHRIS MATTHEWS: I'm an out-of-towner too and I felt that. I know exactly where I was. I was at the Barnes & Noble in SoHo right near the Angelica Theater, that great movie theater there. And I was with my two kids, they were young teenagers at the time. And we were just hanging around at 10:30 at night, hanging around the city of New York and feeling great. And I said "I haven't felt like this in my lifetime in a big city." It felt like we had a right to be there. It was unusual!

SCARBOROUGH: It is really a miracle that I feel comfortable with my children, my teenage boys, walking around New York City at night. I would not feel that way if they were in Atlanta or Washington or Cleveland --

MIKA BRZEZINSKI: OK, is this because of Giuliani's work as mayor?

SCARBOROUGH: You're damn straight it is.

BRZEZINSKI: Because some people argue --

SCARBOROUGH: Some people, my ass.

BRZEZINSKI: it was actually the work done by the previous mayor that finally kicked in.

SCARBOROUGH: David Dinkins?!

BRZEZINSKI: I'm just saying.

SCARBOROUGH: Please, tell me you are not that liberal that you are crediting the [unintelligble, perhaps "laughingstock"]--

CHRIS MATTHEWS: Mika, I've got two words for you.

BRZEZINSKI [going into defensive posture]: Oh no!

MATTHEWS: Crown Heights.

BRZEZINSKI: Crown Heights, when the guy [Dinkins] couldn't decide between the killers of, what's his name, Yankel Rosenbaum, the Talmudic scholar, and the people that killed him. He [Dinkins] was the [saracastically] honest referee. Wait a minute, as Churchill said, don't confuse the fire brigade with the fire. We're on the side of the fire brigade.