MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough went on a tear against Fox News Channel and its sponsors after what he claimed was “especially sick and damaging” content.
The “Morning Joe” host slammed former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and his comments on Fox News Thursday, calling out the network and its business model in a rant with contributor Donny Deutsch. They delivered a tone-deaf rebuke lacking all self-awareness during Friday’s MSNBC program.
Scarborough clutched his pearls throughout his show Friday over comments made by Gingrich, now a Fox News contributor, in which he stated that President Joe Biden’s team is made up of “radicals who believe if they could exterminate the Republicans, that would be one way to get to unity.”
The MSNBC host complained that “the former Republican leader is going on Fox News now and telling people watching Fox News that Joe Biden’s Democratic party wants to, quote, exterminate all Republicans.”
“Let me say that again for Fox News sponsors,” Scarborough said. “They’re getting people who are Fox News contributors, who are saying that Democrats — Joe Biden and Democrats want to, quote, ‘exterminate all Republicans.’”
“I do wonder if the Murdochs were not paying attention January 6th, I do wonder if they are really so concerned about NewsMax getting a few of their viewers that they are allowing former Republican leaders to go out and talk about extermination to continue, whipping Qanon people, continuing whipping potential future insurrectionists into a rabid frenzy?” he asked.
“Are they never ever going to wake up and understand how damaging this sort of talk is to America?” Scarborough wondered.
“Here’s what I don’t understand,” Deutsch interjected.
“Forget the moral point of view. It’s reprehensible. I don’t know how Rupert and Lachlan [Murdoch] they look at themselves in a mirror,” the former advertising executive spouted.
“From a business point of view, it’s a very, very desperate end game,” he said.
“Do you know in primetime, one of three commercials on primetime Fox is the Pillow Guy?” Deutsch added, claiming that Fox News has “pretty much taken themselves out of the mainstream advertiser business. And that’s going to continue. I don’t care how many viewers you get.”
“At the end of the day, you are not being supported by advertisers; that’s where the money is. They may get a very harsh wake-up call because it’s only going to get worse,” he declared.
Scarborough had also slammed Fox News host Tucker Carlson for telling viewers earlier in the week that the thousands of National Guard troops in Washington, D.C. ahead of Biden’s inauguration were essentially being used by Democrats to say, “We’re in charge now.”
“This is sick,” a horrified Scarborough said. “It’s especially sick and damaging. Here we are, what, a couple weeks after an insurrection against the United States of America?”
Twitter users offered a swift reality check.
But it’s fine for everyone to call what happened at the Capitol a “coup” and “insurrection” but buring down a police station a peaceful misunderstanding?
— David (@mustanggt1989) January 22, 2021
Joe Scarborough is nothing more than a pathetic reality TV moderator who couldn’t get a story right if he tried. Fox News would never have someone like him who delivers fake news to so many uneducated Left socialists.
— Sonny (@sonnycalif) January 22, 2021
Joe has consistently been outperformed by Fox & Friends for years. I guess if he can’t beat them with content, he’ll go after their advertisers ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
— Dr. Balki Bartokomous, PhD (@RoberoGorbachev) January 22, 2021
Morning Joe is just going after FOX because they always made fun of his little show.
— Supergoodpixel (@Supergoodpixel) January 22, 2021