Viewers tuning in to MSNBC on Friday morning may have been confused to see nearly two minutes of uninterrupted Fox News content.
The unusual broadcast took place during the “Morning Joe” program and, besides offering the MSNBC show some free programming, it allowed hosts Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski to seize an opportrunity to use a rival to bash President Trump.
Fox News anchor Shepard Smith was featured first by the “Morning Joe” cast as the discussion centered around Hurricane Dorian and Trump’s comments about Alabama possibly being hit by the storm.
“President Trump is not backing down from this false claim that Alabama faced a serious threat from Hurricane Dorian. He has tweeted nine times about Alabama including seven maps. Even the White House released a statement defending his claim,” Brzezinski reported.
“Here’s Shep Smith and what Shep and Fox News and their news department had to say about whether the president was telling the truth or lying to the good people of Alabama,” Scarborough said, introducing the clip.
“Why would the president of the United States do this? He decries fake news that isn’t and disseminates fake news that is,” Smith said in the video segment from “Shepard Smith Reporting” which aired on Thursday.
The clip was over 30 seconds long and served the MSNBC narrative that Trump was so wrong and his thought process so crazy that even his favorite news outlet, Fox News, thinks so. Never mind that, after days of what has come to be known as “Sharpie-gate,” the president was vindicated Friday as the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration issued a statement saying his warning about Alabama being impacted by the storm was “clearly demonstrated” in weather advisories.
Trumped: NOAA backs president on Alabama storm news https://t.co/RF4YialjS2
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) September 7, 2019
“This is actually a serious matter as Shep Smith said on Fox News,” Scarborough said after the clip.
Later in the show, Fox News judicial analyst Andrew Napolitano was used in another slam of the president, questioning in the clip Trump’s decision to fund the border wall by moving federal budgets around.
“Now, the administration’s plan to divert military funds to pay for President Trump’s border wall is again raising questions about the reach of presidential power. Fox News analyst Judge Andrew Napolitano is accusing Congress of enabling Trump to act as a tyrant,” Brzezinski said, introducing the clip.
“When Donald Trump imposes a sales tax on the items from China, when he builds a wall at the Mexico/Texas border using funds that Congress denied him but he takes the funds anyway, he is merely using the power that Congress has given to him and former presidents in violation of the Constitution,” Napolitano said on Fox News, echoing his op-ed published Thursday.
“When that happens, when Congress throws up its hands and says let the president do it, that’s dangerous to our liberty. Because the beauty of our liberty is the division, the separation of powers. Congress writes the laws, the courts interpret them,” he continued. “But when Congress lets presidents write their own laws, then he’s not a president, he’s a prince.”
“By the way, that’s how real conservatives still talk,” Scarborough quipped as they clip ended.
“He’s dead right,” Brzezinski chimed in. “And that’s on Fox News.”
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