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Trump Feud with 'Morning Joe' Doesn't Threaten Press Freedom

Trump Feud with 'Morning Joe' Doesn't Threaten Press Freedom
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Monday, 03 July 2017 12:28 PM Current | Bio | Archive

Once upon a time there was a principled conservative congressman from Pensacola, Florida. He received a 95 percent lifetime rating from the American Conservative Union. He joined a group in the House calling themselves the "New Federalists," who aimed to "privatize, localize, consolidate, [or] eliminate" the Departments of Commerce, Education, Energy and Housing and Urban Development. He sponsored a bill to force the U.S. to withdraw from the United Nations after a four-year transition. He sought to eliminate federal funding for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. He was a reliable supporter of pro-life and other conservative positions.

Then it all came to an end after the Republican congressman from Pensacola, Joe Scarborough, decided to resign from Congress and join the circus known as the mainstream liberal media. He became the co-host of MSNBC's "Morning Joe" along with Mika Brzezinski, to whom he is engaged. His position on many issues now mirror many of those of his liberal fiancé.

Joe Scarborough has led the media drumbeat against Donald Trump. In the process, he disgraced himself with childish personal slurs against the president on a daily basis. He said President Trump was "the greatest liar that's ever sat in the White House," and called the president a "thug" and a "goon" for supposedly "mauling" foreign leaders at a NATO meeting. Scarborough branded Trump "Vladimir Putin's hostage." He has accused the president of being mentally unstable. And, engaging in potty humor not worthy of a kindergartener, Scarborough — egged on by Mika — compared President Trump to "a kid pooping his pants."

Mika has also dished out the churlish insults, at one point in early June claiming that President Trump may be "mentally ill."

This is not journalism, nor informed articulation of opinion on public policy issues. It is nothing more than a stupid smear campaign. After enduring such nonsense for too long, President Trump struck back with crude tweets of his own. He tweeted: "I heard poorly rated @Morning_Joe speaks badly of me (don't watch anymore). Then how come low I.Q. Crazy Mika, along with Psycho Joe, came to Mar-a-Lago 3 nights in a row around New Year's Eve, and insisted on joining me. She was bleeding badly from a face-lift. I said no!"

The liberal media and the Washington establishment went into a tizzy. How dare the president of the United States act so crudely, they lamented. As for the Joe and Mika, they postponed their vacation to hurl insults right back at the president. Scarborough whined that members of Trump’s White House staff had tried to pressure him into apologizing to the president for the show’s negative coverage, in return for the president’s agreement to call his friend at the helm of the National Enquirer and get him to kill an unflattering story on Mika and Joe. President Trump disputed Scarborough’s account of what happened. The National Enquirer ran the story in early June, after which the insults against Trump seemed to intensify.

Personally, I wish President Trump had simply ignored Mika and Joe, rather than make them martyrs for the Trump haters’ cause and distract from his own policy agenda. However, all the self-righteous preaching about how President Trump is threatening press freedoms and exposing journalists to the risk of physical harm is, to use Scarborough’s terminology, a bunch of "poop."

The First Amendment remains intact. The media has every right to investigate the Trump administration and report critically on its findings. Opinion journalists have every right to express unfavorable views of President Trump and his policies. Nothing has gotten in their way to continue doing so. However, they have a professional responsibility to inform accurately, not to engage in personal vendettas that sink to the gutter. Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski have dishonored themselves and the profession they claim to represent by their unrelenting personal attacks on the president in place of intelligent reporting and analysis.

President Trump’s complaints about "fake news" have been proven correct. Just look at what has been going on at CNN, for example, which has been forced to retract or correct multiple stories. Thomas Jefferson found much the same thing during his presidency. In 1807, Jefferson wrote, "Nothing can now be believed which is seen in a newspaper. Truth itself becomes suspicious by being put into that polluted vehicle."

While it would be advisable for President Trump to resist going down into the gutter with Joe and Mika, out of respect for the office he holds, Donald Trump is by nature a counter-puncher. He will give as good as he gets. The press better get used to it. Their freedoms will survive and so will the nation. Maybe the press pollution will abate somewhat too.

Joseph A. Klein is a featured author for FrontPage Magazine and the United Nations correspondent for Canada Free Press. He has also authored the books "Global Deception: The UN’s Stealth Assault on America’s Freedom" and "Lethal Engagement: Barack Hussein Obama, the United Nations & Radical Islam." Klein, a Harvard Law school alumnus and practicing attorney, has been a guest on many radio shows as a commentator and has appeared on several TV shows including "Fox & Friends." For more of this reports — Click Here Now.

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While it would be advisable for President Trump to resist going down into the gutter with Joe and Mika, out of respect for the office he holds, Donald Trump is by nature a counter-puncher.
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