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CNBC’s Melissa Francis Tells Joe Scarborough ‘You Are The Problem’ For Downplaying Occupy Wall Street

In an interview this morning on MSNBC‘s Morning Joe, CNBC reporter Melissa Francis excoriated Joe Scarborough for sarcastically downplaying the Occupy Wall Street protests. “You are the problem, Joe!” exclaimed Francis. “You are, it’s comments like that that is making this whole thing a whole lot worse. We have respected it from the beginning, I tell you. I mean, the place is in lockdown outside. I don’t know if you’ve been down here, if you deign to come down to our neck of the woods.”

To open the CNBC’s journalists’ report, Scarborough had joked that Francis had yet to be dragged out into the streets kicking and screaming.

“I’ve yet to do that but when you come in, even at this hour, you can’t ignore Occupy Wall Street,” Francis reported. “Even though it’s much quieter at this hour, there’s just a maze of fences all around the outside of the exchange. There’s security everywhere.”

“Are people nervous down there?” Scarborough chuckled. “Are they shaking their martinis and you know…How nervous are they down there? Are their ascots askew?” He sarcastically gestured whether they were shaking their top hats and monocles.

Francis blasted the MSNBC anchor for his question, “It is sarcasm like this that is fueling this rally right now!” She then accused the host of drinking his own martinis in his coffee cup while sitting in his ivory tower.

“So what you’re telling me is, I think when they get nervous, you are having to burn a lot of $100 bills. Is that what you’re telling me?” Scarborough snarked.

“I got nothing. I don’t know what to tell you. You’re the one that makes the big bucks,” Francis said. Morning Joe producers drowned out the heated discussion by blaring David Bowie’s Young Americans in a segue to cut to commercial.

Watch the segment below via MSNBC:


(h/t Raw Story)

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