Given how quickly and how aggressively journalists have moved to politicize the coronavirus and to blame Donald Trump, it was a bit of a shock on Friday to see Morning Joe co-host Willie Geist quiz Mayor Bll de Blasio (albeit gently) on his early incompetent handling of the virus crisis. Geist demanded, “Knowing what you know now, do you wish you'd closed the schools a little bit earlier? Do you wish you'd closed the restaurants and bars a little bit earlier, just to stop the spread and maybe save some lives?”
On Thursday's Morning Joe, former Obama aide Seth Harris said that if he were advising President Trump, "I'd ask him to resign." Harris condemned Trump as "the worst failed leader our country has ever seen," who has put us in a "catastrophic" situation, and "we're really going to end up being the shame of the world." On today's show, Mika Brzezinski challenged The Atlantic editor Jeffrey Goldberg to debunk Harris's statement. But before letting him speak, Mika offered a laundry list of items that she saw as supporting Harris's suggestion.
On Morning Joe, Joe Scarborough says, regarding the coronavirus, that "everybody saw this coming in early January." Yet on Scarborough's own Morning Joe, on March 10th, NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio repeatedly downplayed the threat of the virus. On today's Morning Joe, Joe Scarborough, criticizing President Trump, said:
On Morning Joe, Joe Scarborough says "everybody was attacking this My Pillow guy," Mike Lindell, regarding his appearance at President Trump's press conference. Not "everybody," Joe. It was your fellow Trump-hating elitists, including your own NBC network and your own wife, who were doing the mocking. Scarborough and Willie Geist did go on to express appreciation for Lindell's pledge to produce 50,000 masks.
On Morning Joe, David Ignatius manages to pull off an MSM two-fer: using the coronavirus not only to swipe at President Trump, but to go back in history and jab another Republican president, George W. Bush, for his handling of 9/11. On today's Morning Joe, Ignatius of the Washington Post indulged in a classic bit of blaming-not-blaming. He first acknowledged that George W. "didn't cause 9/11."
On Morning Joe, Joe Scarborough, after reciting a litany of over-optimistic statements President Trump had made about the coronavirus, mistakenly stated: "Yesterday, in Donald Trump's hometown [NYC], 1,000 Americans died of the coronavirus." In fact, the 1,000 figure represents the total number of virus deaths in the entire USA since the beginning of the outbreak, not in NYC just yesterday.
On Morning Joe, Joe Scarborough pleads with congressional leaders to strip out the provision in the coronavirus bailout bill that prohibits President Trump's companies from receiving relief. Scarborough argues that if the provision remains in the bill. Pres. Trump will have an incentive to make "rash" decisions to re-open the economy. In contrast, if the provision is taken out and his companies can receive relief, his only motivation will be to keep Americans healthy and safe.
Surely Jon Meacham knows that when people resort to "some of my best friends are" whatever, they are losing the argument. Yet on today's Morning Joe employed just such a claim to defend himself against accusations of anti-conservative bias. Meacham accused President Trump of causing the "literal" death of constitutional order. He then suggested that if people listened to a Trump press conference, they would conclude that "the lives of your family" would not be safe "in this man’s hands."
There's a difference between warning the public to take a threat seriously, and throwing in the cards and saying doom is near. On Morning Joe, Joe Scarborough claims he "certainly" doesn't want "to scare anybody," but goes on to predict that there is a "very real possibility" that the US health care system "collapses."
On Morning Joe, Joe Scarborough praises President Trump's performance at yesterday's press conference, describing the president as somber and serious, and saying he did what a president is supposed to do.
On CNN, David Axelrod admits that President Obama gave an underwhelming speech on the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, actually making matters worse. But Axelrod goes on to claim that Obama's speech was "like the Gettysburg Address" compared to President Trump's Oval Office address on the coronavirus.
Joe Scarborough proved once again this morning that there is virtually nothing that the liberal media can't spin into a positive for one of its own. On today's Morning Joe, Scarborough claimed that Joe Biden telling a construction worker that he was "full of s---" on gun control was proof of Biden's humanity, and that he was a "fighter."