Joe Scarborough, the nominal Republican who hosts the Beltway’s favorite daily politics show, MSNBC’s “Morning Joe, used to be a voice of reason on a network filled to the brim with liberal hysteria. No more. Since about halfway through the 2016 election, Scarborough has become intolerably anti-Trump and the Republican National Committee has taken notice. In an email to supporters last week, RNC spokesman Michael Reed raised the warning flag and advised viewers to look for their news somewhere else.
“If there is a leader of the pack for the worst case of Trump Derangement Syndrome,” he wrote, “look no further than MSNBC’s ‘Morning Joe.’ Once a respected forum for intelligent discourse, the program has turned into 3 hours of far-left hysteria, filled with more faux scandal and innuendo than a bad episode of ‘Gossip Girl.'”
In the email, Reed lamented the possibilities missed by the show in recent months. On Wednesday, for instance, they could have spent some time talking about issues like tax reform and health care instead of “discussing misspelled tweets, White House staffing plans, uncorroborated Russia stories, and the supposed horror of President Trump giving his cell phone number out.”
He also blasted the program for interviewing Sen. Al Franken without mentioning “the biggest issue in front of him today – the fact that he is holding an event with Kathy Griffin in July and refuses to cancel it.”
Franken did, ultimately, succumb to the pressure, cancelling the appearance in a statement on Thursday.
Well, we say let the MSNBC train drive itself right off a cliff. You’d think they would have learned their lesson already. In the Bush years, they were just as eaten up with anti-Republican propaganda, and it led to their long, long ratings decline. When people finally get tired of TV hosts talking about Donald Trump like he’s the fifth horseman of the apocalypse, the same will happen. You can only use so many exaggerations before viewers start to say, “Yeah, this doesn’t have anything to do with any form of reality I know, so I think I’m going to find something better to watch.”