Accuracy in Media

Joe Scarborough, the host of MSNBC’s Morning Joe, has steadily drifted leftward since President Trump’s 2016 victory by turning his show, a previously bipartisan dialogue platform into an echo chamber against the White House.

Scarborough has taken a sanctimonious tone against Trump and the conservatives who support him, but this week Scarborough’s hypocrisy was on display while defending former Republican National Committee Chairman Mike Steele.

Last week, Ian Walters, the spokesman for the Conservative Political Action Conference, which supports Trump and hosted him to speak at CPAC, said Steele won his former RNC position “because he’s a black guy. That was the wrong thing to do.”

Matt Schlapp, chairman of the American Conservative Union that runs CPAC, said Walters’ words were “unfortunate” on the Sirius XM radio show co-hosted by Steele and liberal Rick Ungar.

Scarborough, a former Republican congressman who resigned from the GOP last year after Trump’s victory, criticized Walters’ words as “insulting, depressing and bizarre.” And this week on Morning Joe, Scarborough told Steele that “we were all stunned that somebody said it was a mistake to select you as the head of the Republican Party because you were black.”

But media reporter Jon Levine (disclosure: Levine is a personal friend who has guest hosted my digital talk show, Bold) reported that nearly a decade ago, Scarborough attacked Steele with similar language to Walters’.

“You know what the Republicans are learning right now? That sometimes being black isn’t enough,” Scarborough said on Morning Joe in 2009. “They thought, ‘We’re going to get a black guy to run our party.”

Scarborough made his racially charged attack against Steele while criticizing him for a dustup with radio host Rush Limbaugh.

The holier-than-thou comments by Scarborough are further illustration of mainstream journalists who continue to attack conservatives even while engaging in their own questionable behavior.

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