A classic case of MSM jujitsu. Yesterday, Darrell Issa called Jay Carney a "paid liar." So did Morning Joe today dig down to see if Issa was right? Of course not. Instead, its focus was on Issa--how he is "overreaching," "overplaying," etc. H/t NB reader Wayne T.
The quintessential statement came from Mika Brzezinski, who actually said that Issa's accusation "makes us all want to walk away and ignore" the White House scandals. It's not as if Mika & Co. needed much convincing! View the video after the jump, along with a medley of statements from Mika, Brian Shactman, Joe Scarborough, Jon Meacham, Chuck Todd and Robert Gibbs along similar lines.
I'll be back with the transcript of the video. in the meantime, here's that medley of statements from the Morning Joe crew on the subject today.
Darrell Issa hurts himself and his cause more than Jay Carney or the White House when he calls him a paid liar. He hurts his credibility . . . Darrell Issa should call Jay Carney and apologize this morning . . . Republicans are on the verge of overplaying their hand . . . strategically, it's just stupid . . . Darrell Issa just took it down to a level that makes us all want to walk away and ignore it . . . Is this maybe the first egregious example of overreach? . . . Darrell Issa is a guy that cries wolf . . . By Darrell Issa doing what he is doing he is bailing out the White House . . . he is actually giving the White House an opportunity to get out of this . . . At the end of the day he is just hurting the Republican cause here . . . It shows how unserious he is about investigating anything.