Joe Scarborough Keeps Getting Worse
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Joe Scarborough's on-air commentary is nearly always disheartening, but this morning was especially frustrating.
I can appreciate why the former far-right Republican congressman is feeling a little sheepish right now. Yesterday, Media Matters released a video showing reactions from conservative media personalities in April to a report from the Department of Homeland Security, warning law enforcement about the potential for violence from fringe radicals. The clip montage shows Scarborough not only dismissing the DHS report, but laughing hysterically at the very idea behind the report. He told his national television audience that DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano "has gone nuts."
Of course, in light of the recent killings at the hand of some of these right-wing extremists, Scarborough's laughter and dismissive attitude appears especially misguided now.
This morning, perhaps feeling a little embarrassed, Scarborough lashed out at Paul Krugman, and doubled down on his unjustified criticism of the DHS report from April.
On Krugman, Scarborough said:
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