MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” co-host Mika Brzezinski says the New York Times and other members of the “media elite” knew very little about Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin when it was announced she would be Sen. John McCain’s running mate, except that they wanted to “bring her down.”
“Let me make this clear, because this is my world and these are the people I’ve worked with for twenty years,” Brzezinski explains.
“Members of the network media elite, as well as members and people who worked for the New York Times when Sarah Palin first came on the scene, and this is what they knew about her: She was a woman, she was pro-life, and she had some very, very conservative views on other issues,” Brzezinski says.
“And all I could hear from my friends in the network media elite was, ‘Let’s bring her down. I hope these rumors bring her down.’
“And at a party where there were people from The New York Times, all they would talk about is the rumors that they hoped would bring her down,” Brzezinski says of the troubling behavior of some of her media colleagues.
“They did not know her. They didn’t know anything about her. But they wanted to bring her down.”
Brzezinski also is perplexed by the way some journalists talk about President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle behind the scenes, when nobody else is listening to them.
“I still don’t think it’s right to be in love with him,” Brzezinski says of the media’s infatuation with Obama. “And to be acting like a little girl at a Beatles concert.”
Host Joe Scarborough agrees with Brzezinski, adding that it may be fine to root for a particular politician, but that you cannot do so if you “pretend to be a journalist.”
“You have to be dispassionate about what you do,” Scarborough says. “You have to be disconnected. Sadly, many in the media cannot do that because they have fallen so deeply in love with Obama.”
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