MSNBC “Morning Joe” host Joe Scarborough attacked his own network on Monday over their coverage of the protests in Ferguson, Missouri, after a grand jury decided not to indict Officer Darren Wilson for killing Michael Brown, saying that he was tired of listening to “BS being spewed all over this network.”
Scarborough called it the “final straw” for him when several St. Louis Rams football players entered the field on Sunday night with their hands raised in the “hands up don’t shoot” pose popular with Ferguson demonstrators, even though the grand jury testimony did not include credible claims that Brown had actually taken that pose.
“I have sat here quietly and listened to BS being spewed all over this network and all over other networks,” said Scarborough, “I can’t take it anymore.”
“There are so many great people to embrace as heroes in the black community,” he continued, “that deciding you’re going to embrace a guy who knocked over a convenience store, and then, according to grand jury testimony, acted in ways that would get my children shot…that’s your hero? That’s the reason you want to burn down black businesses?”
Scarborough also blasted some of the guests on his show, without naming names, saying that they agreed with him privately but were afraid to be honest about their views on air.
“You know what pisses me off too is I have people around this set all the time,” he said. “They let me say what I say on set and they sit and stare at me, slack-jawed,” he said. “They’re afraid to say anything on the air, even though they know it’s BS. People [are] saying one thing when the camera’s on and then saying something completely different when the camera gets turned off, because they’re somehow afraid they’ll be called racist if they tell the truth.”
Photo: video screen grab from MSNBC.
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