Ed Driscoll

And Speaking of NBC

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Now is the time at Ed Driscoll.com when we juxtapose, Small Dead Animals-style. Here’s former (and that’s the key word here) Republican Rep. Joe Scarborough, on MSNBC’s Morning Joe series today:

Nobody thinks Romney’s going to win. Let’s just be honest. Can we just say this for everybody at home? Let me just say this for everybody at home. The Republican establishment–I’ve yet to meet a single person in the Republican establishment that thinks Mitt Romney is going to win the general election this year. They won’t say it on TV because they’ve got to go on TV and they don’t want people writing them nasty emails. I obviously don’t care. But I have yet to meet anybody in the Republican establishment that worked for George W. Bush, that works in the Republican congress, that worked for Ronald Reagan that thinks Mitt Romney is going to win the general election.

As Mark Finkelstein writes at Newsbusters, “Unemployment stubbornly over 8%.  His landmark piece of legislation in dire peril of being dumped by the Supreme Court.  The ‘flexibility’ moment with Putin’s pawn. Does that sound like an invincible incumbent to you?”

Presumably that show’s legendary fact-checkers didn’t call or email to quibble on the air with Joe’s prediction:

At Newsbusters, Noel Sheppard writes, “MSNBC’s Ed Schultz claimed Friday that the White House communicates with Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski during their ‘Morning Joe’ program.”

Embedded in his post is a clip, via Brian Maloney of the Radio Equalizer blog, of Schultz saying:

So Mika starts looking at her Blackberry and so does Scarborough and obviously the White House is texting them or emailing them or whatever and they didn’t like the show. Because Arianna had been on there, I’m on there, Howard Dean had been on there and they wanted some balance.

Now think about that – here’s the White House getting in contact with ‘Morning Joe’ because they’re afraid there’s too many lefties on the air! Now if that’s not sensitivity at its highest level, I don’t know what is! I told ya a few days ago they had rabbit ears! They don’t like anything that’s being said right now, they’re getting beat up!

“In reality, this isn’t as shocking as it might seem,” Noel writes:

NewsBuster Mark Finkelstein reported in October that the White House e-mailed NBC’s Savannah Guthrie while she was on the “MJ” set.

According to Guthrie, a senior White House advisor wanted her to tell Scarborough to “stop being an a**hole.”

Honestly, you can’t make this stuff up.

That was from a post in late 2009, as is the video above. Obama has since gone to publicly scolding news organizations himself. Presumably they’re always eager to roll over for the man they elected four years ago.

Related: “Video: Journalists Give Obama Rousing Standing Ovation, Sit For Romney.”