Scarborough Rips ‘Bitching and Moaning’ About Russia Coverage: Don’t Knock Reporters Because You’ve ‘Sold Your Soul’
Joe Scarborough delivered a scathing monologue Tuesday defending reporters and condemning President Donald Trump‘s allies over the stances both sides took throughout Robert Mueller‘s investigation.
Many of the president’s defenders are currently accusing journalists and Democrats of overselling Mueller’s investigation now that the special counsel has determined that Trump did not collude with Russia’s 2016 election interference. As Scarborough reacted to this on Morning Joe, he found it interesting that so many right-wingers are embracing conspiracy theories and parroting Trump’s “vile” rhetoric while bashing journalists for asking urgent questions about the president’s integrity.
“I’d pose this question to everyone watching…what would you have had the media do over the past two years when Donald Trump lied throughout the 2016 campaign about his contacts with Russia? Why would Donald Trump lie about Russia?”
As Scarborough noted the Russian connections among several legally-embattled members of Trump’s team, he rhetorically asked whether the media was supposed to ignore all of that despite the administration’s lies on the matter.
“Maybe they should’ve just ignored the fact that the president called everybody around on Air Force One and concocted a lie…I just ask, what was the media supposed to do at that point? Shrug it off? You know the answer, and just because you’re sucking up to Donald Trump and just because power is all that matters to you, and just because you will justify everything that man does and just because you are corrupt, just because you’re not a journalist, just because you have sold your soul to a personality cult, don’t knock reporters at The New York Times or the Washington Post or The Wall Street Journal or the broadcast networks for doing their job right.”
Scarborough also said that reporters who covered Mueller while also condemning the media at large for their approach to the investigation should “be ashamed of yourself.” While he acknowledged certain “bad actors” in the press, Scarborough called out the “bitching and moaning” and moral self-righteousness from critics by saying they have plenty of bad actors in their own corners as well.
“Save your breath, we’re not going to divert our eyes,” Scarborough said. “This president lies more than any other president in the United States.”
Watch above, via MSNBC.
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