December 7, 2013
By Mike Caccioppoli
Where I grew up there was nothing worse than being a snitch, or as they called it..a rat! It was considered the lowest of the low and there were major repercussions if you were deemed to be in that lowest of low category. I will leave those repercussions to your vivid imaginations. The many fans of Martin Bashir were and continue to be shocked and dumbfounded as to why he was forced to resign because of a few harsh words aimed at the great quitter from Alaska, Sarah Palin.
Why, with all of the horrible things that come out of the mouths of people on Fox News and right wing talk radio, was Bashir canned for this small “offense.” There have even been worse things said by hosts on MSNBC that didn’t warrant such a harsh penalty. So why now? Why Bashir?
Low and behold we now find out that “Morning Joe” as his brand describes him, otherwise known as Joe Scarborough, runs to Phil Griffin, the head of MSNBC whenever he feels one of the other hosts has said something Joe finds offensive or “insensitive.” Scarborough himself admitted this on the Steve Malzberg show, and former MSNBC host Cenk Uygur bears witness to the fact that Joe would do this routinely when he was at MSNBC.
Yes, when Joey boy would hear something he didn’t like he would run to his best buddy Griffin, and tell on the “offending” host. He would tell Griffin that if something wasn’t done he would chastise the host on air. Like Fox, MSNBC doesn’t like it when their hosts go after each other on air even though that would of course make for great television. So Griffin, who is described as being very close to Scarborough, would make sure there was some kind of punishment.
Now it’s laughable that someone like Scarborough would be the “policeman of the station” because if you remember he was the guy who ended up with a dead girl in his office when he was in Congress. One can only imagine how many people he tried to hush up when that happened! But beyond the absurdity of it all there is a big problem at a station where one host is allowed to wield so much power.
Why does Griffin care what offends Scarborough? Well it probably has more to do with money than any kind of loyalty. Scarborough is a brand at MSNBC, you can’t go to Starbucks without being reminded of his dull, idiotic morning show. There is a lot of dough involved and of course in the soulless entertainment industry that speaks volumes, so he gets his way.
Which brings me to another point. Maybe Scarborough is too full of himself to grasp this idea, but what he and the other hosts at MSNBC do, as well as on Fox and to some extent on CNN is not news reporting, it’s show biz! The news reporters were Cronkite, Jennings, Rather and Brokaw. There are no such types on cable news outlets these days. The point is to put an entertaining spin and strong point of view on the current events items of the day. THAT is what they do. So Joey boy shouldn’t take what is said so damn seriously as to run and tell on his supposed colleagues who I’m sure hate him for it.
Doesn’t it just make you sick thinking of Scarborough running into Griffin’s office and crying about something he heard that he didn’t like? What is more sickening is that Griffin would even listen to him at all. But this is obviously the way things go at MSNBC and now we know more about what led to Bashir’s departure.
Maybe Martin got sick of Scarborough’s bullshit or maybe Joey boy told Griffin an apology just wasn’t good enough. Either way we now know there is a big rat at MSNBC that unlike most rats likes to run around and create havoc once the sun rises.
That rat wouldn’t have gotten away with this stuff where I come from. Where he comes from however, it gets rewarded.