Molly Wilcox, Salon

MSNBC guest calls out Morning Joe's for twisting the facts about immigration

MSNBC's "Morning Joe" was recently called to task by a guest who claimed the hosts pushed a number of inaccuracies when discussing President Joe Biden's border policy.

"There were a lot of inaccuracies in a Morning Joe segment that just ended," Atlantic reporter Caitlin Dickerson tweeted soon after appearing on the show Tuesday. "I only got a chance to respond to some of them and wanted to provide further clarity."

On the segment, host Joe Scarborough and Dickerson discussed the current influx of migrants crossing the border that's been causing an immigration crisis. Scarborough insinuated that immigration during the Biden Administration has seen the most migrants crossing the border, accusing them of not doing enough.

Dickerson clarified, however, that American asylum laws allow unaccompanied minors to cross the border, which was already in place before Joe Biden's presidency. She also said that the Biden administration is restoring case management programs that were eliminated by the Trump administration, which means court appearances have increased.

"The general implication was that requesting asylum is unfair or illegal. It's not," she said.

Later in the conversation, Scarborough falsely stated that the Biden administration is "sending a message across Central America if you're an unaccompanied minor and make that really dangerous trek, we're going to let you in."

"The facts are that Joe Biden has really botched this up," said Scarborough. "His administration has botched this up."

Scarborough referred to reports that some migrants weren't given instructions about when to appear for an immigration hearing.

"Even when illegal immigrants get a notice to appear, often, maybe 25, maybe 25%, maybe a third of those given those notice to appear actually come back and show up in court. This is sending a message that I fear is going to just lead to more chaos at the border."

On Twitter, Dickerson used the platform to explain herself and the policy fully.

"It is a not a 'Biden administration policy' that allows unaccompanied minors to request legal protection at the border," she Tweeted. "That is the American asylum system, codified into law by congress in the the Refugee Act of 1980," she continued.

Tucker Carlson is completely losing it in a spiral of misogynistic rants

Tucker Carlson is celebrating this Women's History Month by going off on one misogynistic rant after another. It should come as little surprise that as Congress was on the cusp of passing the largest economic stimulus in modern history, Carlson was busy attacking women from the House of Representatives to Hollywood to the military to the New York Times — but it's surely been a bizarre spiral to watch. Within the last two weeks, Carlson has called pregnant soldiers "a mockery," mocked Democratic Rep. Deb Haaland's Native American ancestry, dragged Meghan Markle through the mud, and antagonized New York Times reporter Taylor Lorenz as being a "deeply unhappy narcissist."

The Fox News host dedicated a portion of his show Tuesday evening to obsessing over Markle — all while claiming to not care at all about the drama surrounding the royal family. Carlson started a segment speaking about Sunday's Oprah interview during which the former Duchess discussed the lack of mental health resources within the institution, her suicidal thoughts, and racist questions about the color of her son's skin from within the royal family.

"Meghan Markle is a narcissist," Carlson said of the interview. After the resignation of U.K. TV host Piers Morgan, also known for baselessly slandering Markle repeatedly, Carlson complained: "You're not allowed to make fun of this, and you're definitely not allowed to mock the oppressed duchess. Our friend Piers Morgan just did that on television in the U.K., and had to resign from his job."

Carlson then went on to berate New York Times reporter Taylor Lorenz, who has recently spoken out about her experience facing online harassment. He launched into a 9-minute rant about "self-identified victimhood," calling Lorenz a narcissist for standing up for herself. He belittled Lorenz, who he called "far younger than prominent New York Times reporters used to be," before adding, "she's also much less talented" but "at the top of journalism's repulsive food chain."

Although criticizing female reporters is nothing out of the ordinary for Carlson, Lorenz said his rhetoric has given rise to multitudes of new online abuse coming her way.

"I hope people see this and recognize if for what it is," Lorenz tweeted, "an attempt to mobilize an army of followers to memorize my name and instigate harassment." On International Women's Day, she tweeted a plea to consider "supporting women enduring online harassment." Mentioning that it's "not an exaggeration to say that the harassment and smear campaign I've had to endure over the past year has destroyed my life."

Carlson is also now facing backlash for another attack he directed at women — this time those in the military.

"So we've got new hairstyles and maternity flight suits," Carlson complained on his show earlier this week."Pregnant women are going to fight our wars. It's a mockery of the U.S. Military. While China's military becomes more masculine as it's assembled the world's largest navy, our military needs to become as Joe Biden says more feminine, whatever feminine means anymore since men and women no longer exist. The bottom line is it's out of control, and the Pentagon is going along with this."

"The Secretary certainly shares the revulsion of so many others to what Mr. Carlson said," Pentagon spokesperson John Kirby said U.S. Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin on Thursday.

"Thousands of women serve honorably every day around the globe," said General Paul E. Funk III. "They are beacons of freedom and they prove Carlson wrong through determination and dedication. We are fortunate they serve with us."

And earlier this week, Carlson attacked Democratic Rep. Deb Haaland of New Mexico, who will be the very first Cabinet Secretary of indigenous descent.

"It seems a little weird to be 'excited' about an accident of birth," Carlson said, adding that celebrating her ethnicity and historical context played into "immoral" identity politics.

'Republicans brought this on themselves': Whoopi Goldberg shuts down Meghan McCain on GOP extremism

On Tuesday's episode of ABC's "The View," co-host Meghan McCain objected to the reaction following Donald Trump's second impeachment acquittal, leaving co-host Whoopi Goldberg so dismayed that she schooled McCain about the roots of radicalism in the Republican Party.

McCain argued that if Republicans are the party of "QAnon" then Democrats are the party of "socialism and late-term abortion."

"I believe that abortion is murder, I believe that life begins at conception," she said, clunkily inserting abortion into the conversation. McCain said that, according to the media, the only way to become a good Republican is to become a Democrat. "I don't know what to do anymore, because I can't keep coming on TV everyday saying that we're all Nazis and you know, Hitler salutes and whatever. It's just not intellectually honest."

McCain highlighted that Trump's approval rating among Republicans is still around 80%, implying that the Republican Party is simply increasingly conservative.

Goldberg couldn't let McCain's declarations go unanswered, however.

"You should be a little uncomfortable," she started. "You're thought of this way because of what you've shown everybody."

Goldberg passionately insisted that the Republican Party has brought this on themselves, alluding to the fact that Trump emboldened white supremacists and racist behavior for the last five years.

"Let's talk a little bit about women and having babies," she added. "Everyone has the right to make the decision they have to make for their life, okay? The bottom line is, whatever you decide to do as a woman with your body, that should be between you and your doctor. And sometimes poor women may need help."

"The Republicans, you showed your faces, you said you were okay with everything that happened, all the things that we've been taught as Americans that are not okay. You said it's ok and you've opened up the door for people to continue to act poorly."


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