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How To Marginalize A Media Whore: Morning Joe Refuses To Interview Pastor

What is the best way to approach an interview with crazy potential-Quran-burning, fantastically-mustached Pastor Terry Jones? There’s Meredith Vieira‘s method, which pressed Jones hard and had him stumbling and exposed.

Then there’s the Morning Joe plan – have him on, don’t let him talk, say goodbye.

“We’ve really been debating whether to do this,” said Mika Brzezinski to start the segment. She introduced Pastor Jones, but before he said anything, she gave the floor to Jon Meacham. “The central message of the New Testament is forgiveness and to put oneself in the place of another,” he said to Jones, urging him to cancel the Quran burning as a fellow Christian.

And with that – with Jones having uttered exactly zero words – Brzezinski said, “Pastor Terry Jones we appeal to you to listen to that, and we don’t really need to hear anything else, so thanks.”

The rest of the segment was spent discussing whether they should have interviewed him. Donny Deutsch thought they should have, even if he is a “terrorist of a different form.” “I understand why you guys don’t want to give him a platform, I mean seeing his face is disgusting enough,” said Deutsch. But: “Sometimes action needs to be taken.”

What do you think? Here’s the “interview”:

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