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Morning Joe Host Puts Double-Standard on Display

MSNBC’s Mika Brzezinski illustrated [1] the mainstream media’s double-standard about inclusivity, tolerance and separating policy disagreements from personal attacks.

Brzezinski and many others in the mainstream media have lambasted President Trump for his tone, word choice and style. They say Trump engages in personal attacks rather than focusing on policy and substance. But Brzezinski decided to bully White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders because of a disagreement over whether former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe engaged in questionable behavior.

“And Sarah Huckabee Sanders, it’s an opportunity to be a good person. She’ll never take it, you can tell,” Brzezinski said on Morning Joe.

“Sarah Huckabee Sanders, how can you do this? How can you do this when you know it’s wrong? You know it’s wrong what you’re saying. You know every word you’re saying is wrong, and that you’re not being a good person and you’re not being a good American. You’re not.”

But as The Wall Street Journal editorial board wrote, [2]“The recommendation to fire Mr. McCabe isn’t coming from Donald Trump or Russian bots. It comes from the FBI’s Office of Professional Responsibility.

“News reports say it is based on a finding from the Justice Department’s Inspector General that Mr. McCabe authorized the disclosure of sensitive information to a Wall Street Journal reporter about the investigation into the Clinton Foundation—and then lied about it to IG investigators.

“The IG report remains secret, but it’s hard to believe the FBI would recommend such punishment if it did not believe Mr. McCabe’s actions were a serious breach of duty.”

Brzezinski has built a brand around female empowerment, but she chose to try to tear down the first mother ever to hold the role of White House press secretary for defending the integrity of the FBI.