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Joe Scarborough: Ferguson Coverage, Protests Hit 'Final Straw' for Him

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In this 2012 file photo, host Joe Scarborough speaks onstage during the 'Morning Joe' panel. (Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)

By    |   Monday, 01 Dec 2014 05:35 PM

"Morning Joe" host Joe Scarborough said on-air during Monday's MSNBC program that he reached "a tipping point" regarding the numerous protests in Ferguson, Missouri.

Scarborough spent a lot of time during a segment slamming the media coverage of the protests as well as the protests themselves, which have occurred throughout the country following the decision not to indict former police officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of Michael Brown.

The last straw for Scarborough appears to have been seeing five St. Louis Rams players take the field Sunday with their hands up in protest.

"I'm sorry, this Ram thing, this was the final straw for me," Scarborough said. "I have sat here quietly and listened to B.S. being spewed all over this network, and all over other networks. I can't take it anymore."

Scarborough, a former Republican congressman, took issue with portraying the 18-year-old Brown, who allegedly robbed a convenience store and antagonized Wilson, as a role model. He said his own kids would have put themselves in the same position had they also acted that way.

Brown, who is black, died in August after being shot by a Wilson, who is white. Violence erupted after a grand jury last week announced its decision not to indict Wilson, who has since resigned from the police force.

While agreeing with the sentiment that the American legal system is unfairly skewed against young black men, he felt that Brown wasn't a good example.

"There are so many great people to embrace as heroes in the black community that deciding you're going to embrace a guy who knocked over a convenience store, and then according to grand jury testimony, acted in ways that would get my children shot ... that's your hero?" Scarborough said on the segment. "That's the reason you want to burn down black businesses?"

Scarborough didn't stop there. He also took The New York Times to task for how it reported a Nov. 24 incident in Cleveland, where police killed a 12-year-old who was waving and pointing a pellet gun that looked real.

"The Times labeled its video about the incident 'Police officers shoot child with toy.'" Scarborough said.

He also drew a distinction between Brown and Trayvon Martin, who was killed by George Zimmerman. Scarborough referred to Zimmerman as a "thug."

Finally, Scarborough blasted some of the guests on his show for agreeing with him when the cameras aren't rolling, but not saying so on-air.

"You know what pisses me off too is I have people around this set all the time," he said. "They let me say what I say on set and they sit and stare at me, slack-jawed. They're afraid to say anything on the air, even though they know it's BS. People [are] saying one thing when the camera's on and then saying something completely different when the camera gets turned off, because they're somehow afraid they'll be called racist if they tell the truth."



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