WATCH: Dopey 'Morning Joe' Panel Defends Trump's Latest Outburst

In an all-out media spectacle we haven't seen since Charlie Sheen's 2011 "Winning" meltdown, the Summer of Trump has provided us with another bizarre public encounter between the Donald and a journalist. In a press conference Tuesday, Univision host Jorge Ramos confronted Trump on his goofy positions about building a wall with Mexico and ending birthright citizenship; stances that were, until last month, considered quite radical.

Watch the exchange below:

But the "Morning Joe" panel wasn't having any of it. 

"He was pretending to be bullied," host Joe Scarborough said indignantly. "You look at the transcript, no reporter that I know would go to a press conference, to President Obama, and deliver a speech."

The rest of the sycophantic panel joined in, including Amy Holmes of the right-wing website The Blaze. "It was a win-win for [Ramos]," Holmes said. "Look how much attention he is getting for this." The bizarre pile-on led many on social media to mock their defense of what was essentially a journalist being purged for asking hostile questions. The Intercept's Glenn Greenwald took special issue with the idea that Ramos needed what Scarborough called, "15 minutes of fame."

"Jorge Ramos is roughly one zillion times better known and more influential than Joe Scarborough," Greenwald tweeted. Adam Serwer of Buzzfeed noted that those critiquing Ramos for not being "objective" were missing the point. "Just a reminder that what is considered objective reporting is intimately tied to power or the perception of power," he said.

And if there's one thing "Morning Joe" likes, it's power.

Watch the segment below:

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